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Can I run a PCIe 2.1 card?


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#1 bigalexe

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Posted 11 November 2011 - 12:23 PM

Well it's time to upgrade my video card. I got to doing some researching and found somewhere it said you CAN run a PCI-E 2.1 spec card in a PCI-E 2.0 spec slot as long as the BIOS supports the capability. So since I have no idea how to figure that out I am running: "ASUS M4A785TD-V EVO"

Also if you want to recommend cards for me although I already have a few in mind here's the specs I'm looking for!

2xVGA or 2xDVI or VGA+DVI, any combination where I can run double monitors because that's my current setup at 2560x1024
1GB RAM, more makes me happy
1xHDMI with Audio because I have a home theater
NVIDIA/ATI irrelevant
AMD Phenom II X6 2.8ghz
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XFX ATI Radeon HD6850 1 GB DDR5, 26" Widescreen HDMI
500GB + 80GB HDD
Windows 7 Pro, Mozilla Firefox, AutoCAD 2011, Solidworks 2009
1/19/2012

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Posted 13 November 2011 - 03:04 PM

PCI-E X16 standards are backwards compatible, a 2.1 can work on a 2.0 and even a 1.0, albeit at slower speeds. I don't believe the BIOS has anything to do with the backwards compatibility between the standards.

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Posted 13 November 2011 - 03:13 PM

What is the wattage of your power supply and what is your budget?

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System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
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Posted 21 November 2011 - 05:37 PM

Sorry took so long to get back. PSU is a 600W Thermaltake and I'm thinking of upgrading to a 750W. Rest of the system is staying as-is and can be found in my signature.

Additionally after the video card swap I might drop the 80GB 7200RPM HDD in favor of a 1TB once the prices drop back down or maybe add it in and have 3 7200RPM Drives. Right now I have a single DVD/RW drive and that finally broke so I'm looking at maybe a Blu-Ray drive to take its place.

Budget for the card is 150, but can be stretched closer to 200. Actually it's on a Christmas list so budget is really under my control. I have 2 cards I'm considering but leaning in favor of...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121419
AMD Phenom II X6 2.8ghz
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Posted 25 November 2011 - 01:49 AM

The card you are leaning towards to is a great mid range graphics card.

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System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
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Posted 19 January 2012 - 11:02 AM

SOLUTION/RESULT:

Here's what I got...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150573

XFX ATI Radeon HD 6850 with 1GB RAM. PCIe 2.1 Standard in a 2.0 Slot. All I can say is Battlefield 3 on a 26" Widescreen monitor: YES!!!!
AMD Phenom II X6 2.8ghz
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Posted 20 January 2012 - 02:22 AM

Have you tried to increase the graphics settings in Battlefield to make it look nicer?

>Michael 
System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
Games: APB: Reloaded, Hours played: 3100+  System2: Late 2011 Macbook Pro 15inch   OFw63FY.png





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