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pci-e and pci-e 2.0 compatible with same pci x16 slot?

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#1 smithats


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Posted 15 March 2009 - 09:15 AM

Thank you in advance.

I have a Newbie question, I have a computer with onboard video; a lenovo ideacenter K230 with 6GB RAM, core 2 duo processor and Vista 64 bit OS. It has a PCI x16 expansion slot, can I use a PCI-e 2.0 card, or am I limited to PCI-e 1.1? The documentation that came with the system isn't any help in this regard.


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Posted 15 March 2009 - 10:07 AM

That new a computer should have full support for pci-e 2, older ones just drop down to pci-e 1 which doesn't really hurt except for high end computers and games

What I would be concerned with, do you have enough power? Some video cards have high power requirements.

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Posted 15 March 2009 - 02:12 PM

I wouldnt even be to worried about that, Im running a PCI_E 2.0 card on a pci_e 1.0 slot and notice really not damaging affects in games. Even Toms hardware noted no more then at max a 20% performance increase with the 2.0 standard. I would think the only time it would make a big difference is if your running a SLI or Crossfire configuration. Like Dachew said, I would be more worried about the power supply being an issue.



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