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GTX 280 in pci-e 1.0 slot (not 2.0)

By tastegw
Dec 3, 2008
  1. after much debate with myself, i finally made the purchase (and installed it 2day).
    really didnt want to shell out the money for it, but greed (i think) made me do it.

    the reason i am here posting today is not to ask for help, but to give some information for others that may need it.

    my motherboard does not have pci-e 2.0 slot. (you can see what it is in my specs above in the link)
    it has the pci-e 16x

    yes these cards are backwards compatible with this slot as noted on the box and on sites with info about these cards.

    i just wanted to say, it runs just fine in my setup.
    with no overclocks on my cpu or my new gtx 280, out of the box 3dmark06 score 12k+

    so if anyone was wondering how it ran when not socketed into a 2.0 board slot, and in the 1.0 board slot, i have to say it runs pretty decent.

    this 280 is running 33% faster while in the 1.0 slot(or should i say better) than my old 8800gts.

    hope this helps anyone that was interested.


    now maybe when i get a few extra bucks, ill finished my upgrades
    so far all ive done is upgraded the memory, the psu, and the gpu.
    id like to get a new motherboard, and cpu to go along with it.

    good day.
     
  2. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 4,266   +42

    Thx, good post. I can see that sucker with a core 2 duo( hoping you're not an amd fanboy) with 4-8Gbs of ddr2 and a decent Hdd. You'd be set.
     
  3. tastegw

    tastegw TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 246

    naw, not an amd fanboy here,

    last year at this time the 6400 was just alot cheaper than the intel line so i made the decision based on price.

    and when my original mobo (evga 590) came in dead (was also non returnable) i had to stretch my wallet thin just to replace it.

    i may just wait a while for the i7 products to come down in price.
    i believe all i need to replace is my mobo/cpu/and hd and ill have an above average desktop.

    edit:

    felt i had to add this in.

    my favorite online game (guildwars)
    i started it up to see the new performance id gain over my old card. boy was i suprised.

    my guildwars history on my last 3 cards (including the 280)
    ati x1300, was averaging 15-20 fps running 1280x1024
    evga 8800gts, was averaging 50-60 fps running 1280x1024 (peak @ 62, couldnt go past that for some reason)
    evga gtx 280, averaging 175-225 fps (i was like, holy sh!t), (peaked @ 349 fps while monitoring it)

    so while only a 33% boost from 3dmark06
    its a 300%+ boost in guildwars alone.

    im very happy with this card so far.
     
  4. kollio

    kollio TS Rookie

    Thanks for the info.
    I have a PCI-E 1.0 MB too, and just ordered a GF 9800 GTX+ to replace my outdated GF 6800 ultra.

    I was a little scared updating my gfx card to a newer one wouldn't make much difference on this motherboard (Gigabyte K8N-Pro Sli). Hopefully the upgrade is enough to run some of the newer games a bit better.
     
  5. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,291   +25

    No card is able to max out the bandwidth of PCI-E 1.0, let alone that offered by its newer incarnation.
     
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