Question about motherboard/video card compatibility

#1 Posted by MethodMan008 (944 posts) -

Hello again duders...

So, I picked out the video card I would like to buy, but I want to make sure I can actually use it...

My motherboard is this ..

1 x PCIe 2.0 x16 (blue) *

1 x PCIe 2.0 x16 (x4 mode, black) *

2 x PCIe 2.0 x1 *

3 x PCI

However... the card I want is this , which is a PCIe 3.0 card...

Would the 660 not work in my motherboard?

If it does work, would it be hamstrung by not having PCIe 3.0?

Thanks duders.

#2 Posted by A_Deep_Mushroom (99 posts) -

Yes (read the last sentence)

#3 Posted by MordeaniisChaos (5904 posts) -

It'll work great, PCI is cool that way :)

#4 Posted by MethodMan008 (944 posts) -

Awesome, thanks guys.

#5 Posted by Devildoll (959 posts) -

pci-e is  supposed to be compatible across the board.
 
what differs is the bandwidth,
 
since your motherboard is only 2.0, you are only going to be feeding the 660 at half the rate it is capable of, that might sound like a severe issue, but in real world performance it only translates into 1-2% performance, since the amount of bandwidth available already at 2.0 is plenty.
 
 
select stupid oem custom motherboards might have problems with higher versions of the standard as well.
but thats nothing you have to worry about.

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