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I need a new graphics card, mine sucks.


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#1 milesvavis

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Posted 21 July 2010 - 02:35 PM

Well I was here asking about a boot problem in another thread and I remember that I was trying to get a new graphics card, but I have some questions and concerns -- okay when I use software to look at my slot it says I only have 1 X16 PCI-E slot, nothing about 2.0, but what cards can I get, because someone told me even if I have PCI-E I can get 2.0 ones, is that true? I just want to make sure the card I buy is going to fit

oh yeah, you can look at my other thread to if you think you can help
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic333579.html

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Posted 21 July 2010 - 05:29 PM

A PCI-express x16 2.0 card can work in a PCI-express x16 1.0 slot, but only at half speed.
When you are looking for a new graphics card, it's important to know what power supply you have. Look at the total wattage as well as the amperage on the +12V rails and compare those to the power requirements listed on graphics cards.
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#3 milesvavis

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Posted 21 July 2010 - 05:37 PM

A PCI-express x16 2.0 card can work in a PCI-express x16 1.0 slot, but only at half speed.
When you are looking for a new graphics card, it's important to know what power supply you have. Look at the total wattage as well as the amperage on the +12V rails and compare those to the power requirements listed on graphics cards.

What's worth it more a x16 card, or a 2.0 x16 card with my 1.0 x16 slot?

Edited by milesvavis, 21 July 2010 - 05:38 PM.


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Posted 21 July 2010 - 06:46 PM

Long story short, it just don't matter. There is maybe, on a good day, a 2% difference inperformance for even a top of the line card (5870) in a 1.0/1.1 slot. Get the 2.0 card and don't worry.

Good comparison: http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/AMD/HD_...Express_Scaling

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