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PCI 2.0 or 2.1 in PCI x16 slot

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#1 krs666


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Posted 13 November 2010 - 12:51 PM

Hello All

I'm thinking of upgrading my Radeon 4890 to a newer generation, stronger card. Regardloess of backwards compatibillity, not sure if it makes sense to put a PCI 2.0 or 2.1 card in a PCIe x16 slot.
I'm willing to replace the motherboard if it's necessary.

Please advise if furhter upgrades make sense or should I start putting money together for a new PC?

Please specs below: HP model m9400f.

Already went up to 650W power supply.

Type AMD Phenom X4 9750 / 2.4 GHz
Chipset type NVIDIA GeForce 6150 SE / nForce 430 .Data bus speed 1000.0 MHz .
Expansion Slots Total (Free) 1.0 ( 1.0 ) x PCI Express x16 - DIMM 240-pin,
4.0 ( 0.0 ) x PCI Express x1,
1.0 ( 0.0 ) x Memory,
3.0 ( 0.0 ) x Processor .

Installed Size 8.0 GB / 8.0 GB (max) .Technology DDR2 SDRAM .Memory Speed 800.0 MHz .Memory Specification Compliance PC2-6400 .Form Factor DIMM 240-pin .Configuration Features 4 x 2 GB .
Hard Drive 1.0 x 750.0 GB - Standard - Serial ATA-300 - 7200.0 rpm

Thanks for any advice.

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#2 dpunisher


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Posted 13 November 2010 - 03:19 PM

If you are running a single video card, it makes no difference if you are running a 1.0 or a 2.0 16X slot. The 1.0 has plenty of bandwidth.

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