Am I getting the best performance out of my 9600gso?

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Am I getting the best performance out of my 9600gso?

Post by deleted » Sun Mar 28, 2010 11:45 am

I've had the card in a pci-express 1.1 slot for almost a year now. I know both 2.0 and 1.1 card are backwards compatible but one offers 2x more bandwidth. Is the bandwidth between each slot a significant performance issue? My motherboard only has a PCI-E x16 slot, but if I bought a motherboard with a 2.0 slot, would I get better performance out of my GSO? Just wondering, because I'll be getting my GTS 250 here soon and was wondering if my mobo needed an upgrade as well to get the best possible performance out of either card.

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Re: Am I getting the best performance out of my 9600gso?

Post by DMB2000uk » Sun Mar 28, 2010 11:58 am

A 16x PCIe 1.1 link speed will be plenty of bandwidth to run either card without bottleneck :)

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Post by deleted » Sun Mar 28, 2010 2:16 pm

Much <3 Dan :P

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Re: Am I getting the best performance out of my 9600gso?

Post by deleted » Mon Mar 29, 2010 2:22 pm

Dan, I bought a PNY GTS 250 for $110 off the egg with a free Resident Evil 5 :P Can't wait for the upgrade in a few days here!!!!!

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Post by DMB2000uk » Mon Mar 29, 2010 2:29 pm

Grats :)

It's a nice step up in performance.

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Re: Am I getting the best performance out of my 9600gso?

Post by spitter » Tue Mar 30, 2010 10:36 pm

Evasion wrote:Dan, I bought a PNY GTS 250 for $110 off the egg with a free Resident Evil 5 :P Can't wait for the upgrade in a few days here!!!!!


I have that same card, been no trouble for 4 months now!!!

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Re: Am I getting the best performance out of my 9600gso?

Post by deleted » Wed Mar 31, 2010 3:43 pm

Got it installed, runs perfectly in Bad Company 2 @ 1440x900;

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Re: Am I getting the best performance out of my 9600gso?

Post by br4dz » Fri Apr 02, 2010 2:41 am

As previously stated, a PCI-E x16 v1.1 will provide more than enough bandwidth. There are even reviews out of people testing the effect of lower speeds on the PCI-E slots, such as a GTX 480 running at x4. The difference between x16 v1.1 and x16 v2.0 is so extremely small it can't really be measured. Difference between x8 v1.1 and x16 v2.0 is pretty small is well, there may be a couple FPS drop in some cases, but nothing that warrants spending ~$30+ for a better motherboard or ~$100+ for a new motherboard. Contrary to popular belief, x4 isn't too much worse than x16 either, you'll definitely see a comparable difference if you looked at benchmarks, but the difference is far from huge.

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