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Putting a PCI-E 3.0 gfx card in PCI-E 2.0


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So, I have an older motherboard, an EVGA E757 with one PCI Express 2.0 x16 slot. I wanted to upgrade to a GTX 4GB 960, preferably something like this:

 

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125778

 

Can this be done and do think I might suffer from any performance bottlenecks? Is PCI-E 3.0 really practical, or just another marketing gimmick?

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You shouldn't have any issues, I use everyday a GTX660 with a PCIe 2.0 mobo (ASUS P7P55D-E) and it runs totally fine. The performance difference between PCIe 2.0 and 3.0 is negligible.

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This is what I've been hearing. So I'm getting the sense that PCI-E 3.0 is mostly a gimmick at the point. :p

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Not really, just the higher capabilities aren't fully utilized by applications today but in the future there will probably be a difference.

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