Which PCI-E version is this port?

  1. I'm a newbie to this stuff, sorry guys! (If any of this makes sense, BRILLIANT!) ;)

    I know it's an PCI-E x16 as it says that by the port itself. But what .0 version is it?

    example: PCI-E 1.0 x16, PCI-E 2.0 x16 etc.

    I need to know this information quite soon as I'm planning on buying the Nvidia GTS 450 (if It is compatible, other wise feel free to recommend some compatible cards.

    The Card: http://www.geforce.com/hardware/desktop-gpus/geforce-gts-450/specifications
    The Port: http://www.flickr.com/photos/93712359@N05/8524755663/in/photostream/

    Any reply will be greatly appreciated.
  2. magaman598

    magaman598 TechSpot Booster Posts: 275

    I wouldn't worry about it too much, only the newer GPUs will take full advantage of the bandwidth of a PCI-E x16 2.0/3.0 slot. That being said, if you have a PCI-E x16 slot, you can put any PCI-E x16 GPU in it, unless you're spending upwards of $300+ on a GPU. (GTX 660Ti or a better card) I would shoot for a motherboard with at least a PCI-E x16 2.0 slot.

    Would you mind providing the type of motherboard you're using?
  3. Ryan Townsend

    Ryan Townsend Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 39

    The Mother Board is a DIXONH55ITX Socket 1156 Advent Firefly FP 3104 System Motherboard

    So basically in a nut shell, any graphics card with a PCI-E x16 spec would be compatible?



    *EDIT: I should only start worrying about it when I start dumping hundreds and hundreds of Pounds on certain cards (which I won't be doing anytime soon! ;) )
  4. magaman598

    magaman598 TechSpot Booster Posts: 275

    H55 chipset has a PCI-E x16 2.0 slot.


    Even then, I don't even know how long it'll take for GPUs to start using all of the bandwidth provided by the PCI-E slots, anyways, have a good one!
  5. Ryan Townsend

    Ryan Townsend Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 39

    Thank you so much for your help! Puts my mind at ease!

    Have you got any ideas of any really good graphics cards, under £100? (AMD or Nvidia) or is the GTS 450 good enough?
  6. magaman598

    magaman598 TechSpot Booster Posts: 275

    Depends on what the computer is for, is it an HTPC? Judging by the Mini-ITX motherboard I'm assuming so.
  7. Ryan Townsend

    Ryan Townsend Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 39

    Yeah... (I think ;) )
  8. magaman598

    magaman598 TechSpot Booster Posts: 275

    LOL! That's really helpful. :p

    Do you do any kind of gaming on the computer?
  9. Ryan Townsend

    Ryan Townsend Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 39

    Yes well only 'soft-core' as I only have an Intel HD Graphics card installed (integrated) My prime reason to buy a Nvidia as Integrated Graphics are shockingly bad..
  10. magaman598

    magaman598 TechSpot Booster Posts: 275

    So you're looking for a gaming card then.

    Feel free to look at this review and the end page has price brackets as to which card is best decided by a price/performance ratio.


    http://www.techspot.com/review/603-best-graphics-cards/
  11. Ryan Townsend

    Ryan Townsend Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 39

    After about 4 hours of re-search, I've come to a conclusion.

    I want to buy this Nvidia Card;

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/EVGA-GeForc...OD50/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1363041995&sr=8-1

    BUT It says PCI-E 3.0, so this is incompatible, unless I upgrade my Motherboard..
     
  12. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 3,428   +618

    It's backwards compatible to PCIe 2.0 spec. You're fine.
  13. Ryan Townsend

    Ryan Townsend Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 39

    Many thanks!


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