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Thread: PCIE 2.0 relevant now with 4870x2?

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    Default PCIE 2.0 relevant now with 4870x2?

    I've always thought that I could get away without PCIE 2.0, since nothing was using the bandwidth. But does anyone know if the 4870x2 would benefit?

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    It does, the HD 4870, in several cases, does too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by d2kx View Post
    It does, the HD 4870, in several cases, does too.
    A PCI-e 1 16x slot is sufficient for a 4870x2 or any other card out there at the present. It isn't until you start running multiple cards where your PCI'e gets cut down to 8x that there maybe potential issues. On a PCI-e version 2 board however a 8x slot has just as much bandwidth as a 16x PCI-e V1 slot.

    In reality games really don't push the interface that hard that it becomes a bottle neck even on a 4870x2. The only time you may experience a bottleneck is potentially on some GPGPU applications.

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