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Upgrading the GPU ?

Discussion in 'Graphics Cards' started by juan adames, Dec 4, 2008.

  1. juan adames

    juan adames New Member

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    :confused:I have an asus mobo with an 8800gt and 4gigs of ram
    using windows vista. and 700watt psu.
    my question is can i upgrade to a 260gt or an 280gt
    with this mobo. thanks in advance.
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    It will work just fine.
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  3. Live OR Die

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    go for a 280 700w is fine
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    like a charm. I would wait for the 295 in january.
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    would you know the difference between 2.0 and the expressx16
    on the mobo.
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    So long as your PSU is sporting enough PCI-e rails you should be fine.
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    not sure about this question are you talking about bandwidth???

    if its one card then your fine, you only worry about bandwidth when you work with SLI.
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    The card uses PCIe 2.0 and your mobo uses 1.0. It doesnt make a difference though, they are compatible with each other :).
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    try to bare with me , cause i'm not sure myself.
    what happen here is that i went to n vidia .com and it gave me an option; (under graphics cards) to choose between 2.0 and the express x16. under 2.0 it showed gpu's from 200 and up.
    under express x16 it showed an 8800gtx and i thought it was the best
    card i can get for my mobo. so therefore it confused me also .
    and led me to ask this ?. where can find more info regarding gpu's.
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    A Crosshair will take any PCI-E card. Fire it up!
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    I gotta think about this for a sec.

    Okay crosshair this is the old 590 SLI MCP one right???

    if so and if I'm right then I'm sure it uses pci express 16 1.0 spec. you would take a bandwidth hit but I think it would be no biggie for the 280 or the 260. heck you could even add another 8800GT for SLI.

    Still I'm not 100% sure on the bandwidth. You can upgrade but there would be slight bandwidth hit. I'd check asus website and google up some information on the board itself. Should be what I thought it was above.
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    yes... get it... great card, will work fine with ur specs... psu is aplenty for one (or two) of them.
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    A GTX 280 wouldnt use much more than PCIe 16x 1.0 bandwith :)
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    OK listen.....when you plug a pci e 2.0 in a x16 slot you loose something like 200 points in 3d mark, nothing considerable.....believe me it's still worth upgrading.;)
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    yes it's a 590 SLI mcp.( when you say bandwidth hit ) does it have to do
    with the cpu or the memory?
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    Well PCIe 2.0 has double the bandwith capacity of PCIe 1.0. So a PCIe 2.0 16x slot is like a PCIe 1.0 32x slot (which dont exist).

    So, if the card uses more than 16x speed, the 1.0 slot cant produce any more bandwith.

    That being said tho, a GTX 280 doesnt use that much more than 16x.
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    I stand corrected. tbh I didn't know too much about the bandwidth.
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    U wouldnt notice the difference from PCI-e 1.1 to 2.0, it would be like going from DDR2 667Mhz to 800mhz thats why alot of people stayed with there nf 680i and did bother upgrading to 780i. and i would get a 260 or 280 and then wait for the 350 because dual GPU cards are trouble, they mite sound good but i would rather a single GPU card that had the same performance.
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    PCI Express x16 v 2.0 is only beneficial if u are going to use 2 graphic cards (SLi, Crossfire, X2 Version of a card), else it is of no use.
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    even if the gtx 280 will use the full bandwith of pcie 1.0 (which i dont think), it going to kik ass anyway, so plug n play :D
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    the 8800GT should tide you down till the 55nm revamps of the GTX260/280 hit, i'd imagine you'd be more pleased with one of those, and if you have more than 1 pci-e, you can keep the 112 sp's in your 8800GT cranking for physx :rockout:
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    go for gtx260+ or ati 4870 , the gtx 280 ot ati 4870x2 booth of them are expensive and there is not too much different from gtx260 or 4870x2
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    get a HD 4870 1GB it will play all games and smooth fps and will output lossless 7.1 audio from Blu-ray and no internal audio cables needed, will also lower cpu usage from 80% to less than 3% when playing back blu-ray
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    WHy don't you just pickup a 2nd 8800GT juan?
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    I was just about to say that lol. There like what 90 bucks?

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