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Unread 11-14-2015, 05:19 PM   #1
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So I was looking at upgrading my graphics card but its a PCI 3.0 and my motherboard has a PCI 2.0. Now I know it will "work" but I'm concerned I wont get as much out of it if I connect it. I dont want to blow over 200 bucks on a graphics card if I can only access a fraction of its processing power.
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Unread 11-14-2015, 07:30 PM   #2
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This article from 2013 says, in a nutshell, that using PCI 2 or PCI 3 slot for your graphics card doesn't make a noticeable difference; not because PCI3 isn't faster but mostly because then current games and cards weren't able to utilize the extra bandwidth.

So that's a maybe, leaning towards it won't make a difference. Although, if your motherboard only has PCI 2 slots, isn't it getting a bit old? I've got a PCI-E 3 slot on my desktop, and that motherboard is old and cheap enough that they no longer make compatible RAM or CPU.
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Unread 11-16-2015, 02:24 PM   #3
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Replacing the motherboard essentially means rebuilding the entire thing. I normally save that for when I am ready to up my processor so I can make sure they are compatible.

Which I might still do, money is alot tighter than I thought lately this is more something for my Christmas list
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