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Windows 7: GTX 970 incompatible with Z68X-UD3H

09 Mar 2016   #1

Windows 7 64 bit
GTX 970 incompatible with Z68X-UD3H

Is it possible that a current generation video card not be compatible with a motherboard that's a few generations older? I thought I'd be able to upgrade my video card as long as my BIOS is up-to-date. My BIOS is up-to-date, but Gigabyte hasn't released an update for a couple years. Is there a solution to this other than buying a new computer?

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09 Mar 2016   #2

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit

The only prerequisite to using a newer cards is a pci-e slot to put it in and the additional power connections to power it :)
Helps if the existing power supply is at or above recommended wattage spec's of the card too.
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09 Mar 2016   #3
Mellon Head

Win 7 Pro x64/Win 10 Pro x64 dual boot

With an 850 Watt PSU, power shouldn't be a problem.

Have you already tried the 970 and you are sure it doesn't work? There should be no issue as long as your PCIe slot is rev 2.0 or 3.0 compliant.
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11 Mar 2016   #4

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64

What do you mean incompatible ? What is the problem ?
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12 Mar 2016   #5
Layback Bear

Windows 10 Pro. 64/ version 1709 Windows 7 Pro/64

If you look in your motherboard manual you should find information something like this.

GIGABYTE - Motherboard - Socket 1155 - GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 (rev. 1.0)

  1. 1 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x16 (PCIEX16) * For optimum performance, if only one PCI Express graphics card is to be installed, be sure to install it in the PCIEX16 slot.
  2. 1 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x8 (PCIEX8) * The PCIEX8 slot shares bandwidth with the PCIEX16 slot. When the PCIEX8 slot is populated with a PCI Express graphics card, the PCIEX16 slot will operate at up to x8 mode.
  3. 3 x PCI Express x1 slots (All PCI Express slots conform to PCI Express 2.0 standard.)
  4. 2 x PCI slots
With the proper room in the case, power supply and connectors it should work.
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12 Mar 2016   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium

Looking at the support download page, BIOS section and I'm wondering which one you have chosen?

There is a Beta version of the BIOS -> U1L, and if you have installed it then that might explain your issues.

Oh and if Layback Bear's answer is too cryptic for you, installing the GTX card in the PCI slot closest to the CPU will be for optimal performance.
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