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Do I need PCI Express x16 2

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by EnfoToad, Apr 13, 2008.

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  1. EnfoToad

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    I am going to be building a computer. The graphics card that I have planned is:

    EVGA 512-P3-N845-AR GeForce 8800GTS (G92) KO 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail

    Does the motherboard need a PCI Express x16 2 slot? Will this card work in a PCI Express x16?
     
  2. InfernoReaper

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    All PCI-E 2.0 cards will work in PCI-E x16 slots.
     
  3. EnfoToad

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    Will I get the full features if I do not use a 2.0 PCI E slot?

    What is the difference between the regular and 2nd version?
     
  4. InfernoReaper

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    The only difference between PCI-E and PCI-E 2.0 is the bandwidth limit (how much information can pass through at a given time). PCI-Es original limit was 2.5GB/second and PCI-E 2.0 just doubles the limit to 5GB/second.
    So even if you had a PCI-E 2.0 slot, you would see very little increase in performance, if at all, expecially with a 256-bit video card.
     
  5. EnfoToad

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    If I overclock the GPU will it be able to work on a PCI Express x16?
     
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    Yes it will. Most manufacters now sell pro-OC'd video cards for a little more money. I find the pre-OC'd cards are a better value because you know the core is solid enough for some OC'ing.
     
  7. EnfoToad

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    The one I have listed is a EVGA "Knock Out" Edition, overclocked at 678MHz

    I sent you a private message....
     
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