Old system, new life: upgrading PCI-E 1.0 to 2.0

Discussion in 'Video Cards and Graphics' started by lebowski123, Oct 9, 2009.

  1. lebowski123

    lebowski123 Junior Member

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    Looking for some advice. Can I upgrade my video editing workstation to a decent gaming system?

    I have 2.5 year-old Xeon quad 2.66 (Cloverdale) workstation/server with a Quadro FX1500 graphics card and a Tyan S2696a2nrf motherboard. The Intel 5000X chipset appears to be PCI-E 1.0a compatible (based on spec sheet on Intel's web site).

    I'm thinking about upgrading the video card with a goal of being able to play a few upcoming games at better-than-average (but not necessarily highest) settings without buying a new i7 system. Looking at the Sapphire 100279-1GL Radeon 4870 ($150 at Newegg), for example.

    I know they are supposed to be compatible, but will a new PCI-E 2.0 card be limited by my motherboard's PCI-E 1.0a slot? My expectation is that the performance improvements would be very noticable and "worth it" - especially for games but also generally in Windows 7. Is there anything else I should check or keep in mind? I've done a little homework on this topic and know the stats above, but I really don't know a lot about components and systems overall.

    Thanks in advance for any input!
     
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  3. Barfo

    Barfo Lifer

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    No, PCI-E 1.0 won't limit a Radeon 4870.
     
  4. firewolfsm

    firewolfsm Golden Member

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    You could buy a PCI-E 1.0 to 2.0 adapter. I think it would help you tremendously.
     
  5. cbn

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    Some of the tests using P55 mobos with dual HD58xx running on x8 PCI-E 2.0 bandwidth don't show much slow down.

    Since PCI-E 2.0 x8 bandwidth is equal to PCI-E 1.x at x16 I don't think there would be much if any performance loss.......even with HD58xx.

    Someone correct me if I am wrong on this.
     
  6. dflynchimp

    dflynchimp Senior member

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    If you keep up with the benchmarks you'll know that at max PCI 1.0 will experience a 2% performance hit with the current generation of graphic cards. For me at least that's not enough to warrant upgrading to 2.0, since bandwidth isn't what the current cards are lacking.
     
  7. error8

    error8 Diamond Member

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    What are you talking about?
     
  8. Bill Brasky

    Bill Brasky Diamond Member

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    I think he was making a funny.
     
  9. error8

    error8 Diamond Member

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    When there is someone totally unexperienced about these sort of hardware stuff, posting here for support, making jokes like that will not help him in any way.
     
  10. lebowski123

    lebowski123 Junior Member

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    Thanks everyone! And yes, I realized the adapter thing was a joke... and not a really bad one either. Just didn't think I'd sounded that dumb.

    @dflynchimp: I'd get a newer, better 1.0 card if there was such a thing but everything's 2.0 now. I get your point though - thanks.
     
  11. Bill Brasky

    Bill Brasky Diamond Member

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    I agree. No need to add confusion.