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Windows 7: PCI-Express Compatibility question

23 Nov 2013   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
PCI-Express Compatibility question

I'm thinking of buying the new R9 290 from AMD. But I just read up on it and it says that it is PCI-Express x16 version 3. I've got a Dell XPS 9000/435T computer with a Dell x58 Motherboard. My motherboard only supports PCI-Express version 2. Will this card bottleneck? Will there be any performance hit?
Intel Core i7 975 Extreme Edition 3.33ghz
6gb DDR3 RAM
Dell X58 motherboard
475 watt PSU (Will be upgrading to 750w+)
Card: AMD R9 290 4GB MSI PCIe Video Card PN R9290-4GD5-MSI | Computer Alliance
Computer: Dell Studio XPS 9000 Desktop Details | Dell

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23 Nov 2013   #2
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1

IT will run at Ver. 2.0 speeds but I suspect it will better than what you now have. IT shouldn't cause a bottle neck.
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24 Nov 2013   #3


PCI-E 3.0 is backwards compatible so no worries there. And as mentioned there wouldn't be any bottlenecking, especially if it's for a single screen.

Even if you go Eyefinity, the fps hit would be absolutely minimal/not noticeable.

Enjoy your new card mate :)
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24 Nov 2013   #4
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit

I'm running a PCI-e 3.0 GPU on a board with PCI-e 2.0 slots without any problems.
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24 Nov 2013   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Alright cool.
Thanks for the info
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