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Will a PCIE 3.0 Graphics card work in a PCIE 2.0 slot?

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May 25, 2013 7:28:30 PM

I have an AMD Sabertooth 990FX mobo, and the PCIE slots are 2.0. Most of the newer video cards are 3.0.

I've searched Tiger Direct, and NewEgg for PCIE 3.0 MOBO's, but can't find any I like....which is ASUS. Can I use a 3.0 card in a 2.0 slot?
a b U Graphics card
May 25, 2013 7:39:24 PM

yes all the pci express 3.0 cards are backward compatible so no need to worry
May 25, 2013 9:09:53 PM

shamsmu said:
yes all the pci express 3.0 cards are backward compatible so no need to worry


Thanks for your quick response. ;) 

I'm looking at the EVGA 660 cards, and there are 2 that I'm interested in from http://www.evga.com/Products/ProductList.aspx?type=0&fa...

1) http://www.evga.com/Products/Product.aspx?pn=03G-P4-266...
2) http://www.evga.com/Products/Product.aspx?pn=03G-P4-266...

They appear to be the same specs, but different cards. What should I look for that would make the one card beter than the other?
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a b U Graphics card
May 26, 2013 6:13:58 AM

Get the signature 2 it comes with custom EVGA cooling system the superclocked only has NVidia reference cooler
February 18, 2014 6:11:37 PM

I have a machine with a PCI 2.0 slot. The first graphics card I tried to instal was a Sapphire ATI Radeon 5450 which is PCI 2.1. The computer would neither detect nor drive it. At the time I was told it was not backwards compatible (I had bought it through a listing which incorrectly stated it was 2.0). Wound up with an NVidia GEforce GT 430 which works but is terribly underpowered, at least on my machine.

Would like to get more gaming performance out of my machine but have to wonder if I need a new system to do so. My current machine is running a dual-core ATHLON 64 3800+, four gb RAM, Windows 7 professional 64 bit. The graphics card I have actually ran faster under Windows XP 32 bit. Anyone have any thoughts on one that might do a bit more (and not cost a fortune)?
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