Is my motherboard PCI-e v1 or v2?

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Is my motherboard PCI-e v1 or v2?

Postby Cadmus » Mon Oct 05, 2009 11:22 am UTC

I'm thinking of upgrading my 8800GT to someting with a little more oomph now I have a bigger monitor. However what I can't seem to figure out is whether my motherboard is PCI-e v1 or v2. It's a Gigabyte P35 DS3 and I got it about 15 months ago, problem is I can't seem to find enough information to even guess what it might be.

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Re: Is my motherboard PCI-e v1 or v2?

Postby J the Ninja » Mon Oct 05, 2009 1:28 pm UTC

Does it mention 2.0 support in the manual anywhere? If not, you probably don't have it. It doesn't make a whole lot of difference for most cards though. What were you planning to get? A 5850?
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Re: Is my motherboard PCI-e v1 or v2?

Postby Game_boy » Mon Oct 05, 2009 5:39 pm UTC

PCIe is fully backwards and forwards compatible, all cards work in all kinds of slots. There are no non-synthetic benchmarks showing any performance gain for using the later version. In other words, it doesn't matter.

I would second a 5850 as the replacement. You'll notice a big difference from the 8800GT and it's great value considering it outperforms its competitor the GTX285 by about 10% on average, which is at least $40 more expensive but on average $100 more expensive.
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