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DroppzDroppz Junior MemberPosts: 5Registered Users
edited February 2011 in Technology
Quick question for the tech vets. Looking at a DX11 upgrade within the next year or so and have always been biased towards ati/amd cards. However, I was looking at the upper-level cards, 68xx and above, and noticed they were all PCIe 2.1. I only have a 2.0 Mobo, so am I out of luck with AMD/ATI now? Any word if any of the upper levels will come back to 2.0? I know a lot of the gtx 4xx and the gtx 5xx have 2.0 versions so I may have to switch, but thought I would throw this question out there.
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  • evotucevotuc Senior Member Posts: 983Registered Users
    edited February 2011
    PCI Express 2.1 is achieved through software on boards with 2.0. You're good either way.
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  • AlJabberwockAlJabberwock Moderator USAPosts: 7,729Moderators, Tech Moderators, Knights
    edited February 2011
    Agree. Even if you did not or could not for some reason, you would achieve the 2.0 standard... No great loss.
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  • DroppzDroppz Junior Member Posts: 5Registered Users
    edited February 2011
    Really? I was not aware, I assumed it was a hardware difference. So, I can either upgrade to 2.1 or just use a 2.1 card with my 2.0 slot?
  • evotucevotuc Senior Member Posts: 983Registered Users
    edited February 2011
    Droppz wrote: »
    Really? I was not aware, I assumed it was a hardware difference. So, I can either upgrade to 2.1 or just use a 2.1 card with my 2.0 slot?

    For sure. The 2.0 and 2.1 connections are the same. 2.1 is just a better way for the board to "talk" to the card. (Somebody correct me if I'm wrong.)
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  • AlJabberwockAlJabberwock Moderator USAPosts: 7,729Moderators, Tech Moderators, Knights
    edited February 2011
    Quite correct, an here is a decent WP link that more or less spells out the various steps in the PCIe advance along with links to the other interfaces and their history...
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PCI_Express

    This is a very nice reference tool we will have in a grouping with other links for interface speeds and other board technologies.



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