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I'm ready to jump on the Kepler train at launch, but I'm wondering if my cpu will be enough to not bottleneck it @4.0. I guess my other concern is the lack of PCIE 3.0.
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From reading things about CPU and PCI 3.0; the only way to take advantages of PCI 3.0 is having a processor enabled to work with the new architecture. AkA Ivy Bridge cpu. And 4.0 is well enough smile.gif.
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That's basically what I'm wondering. If it will be worth it to upgrade to IB just for kepler or not. Not sure how bad 2.0 will bottleneck the card.
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Possibly if you play @ 1080p and play CPU bound games.
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i'm sure running just a single card your 930 will be enough.
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Dont know about Kepler, but you definitely need a cpu that supports pcie 3.0 (like dejahboi said - ivy bridge cpu), not just mbo and gpu..

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Dont know about Kepler, but you definitely need a cpu that supports pcie 3.0 (like dejahboi said - ivy bridge cpu), not just mbo and gpu..
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You sure about that? I know there isn't a huge bottleneck between PCIE and PCIE 2.0. IB isn't a big enough upgrade over bloomfield to justify the huge cost is what worries me. Probably looking at around $600 just for cpu and mb alone.
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You'll be fine. The worst thing that'll happen is that you'll bottleneck your GPU in some RTS games or something smile.gif
 
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From reading things about CPU and PCI 3.0; the only way to take advantages of PCI 3.0 is having a processor enabled to work with the new architecture. AkA Ivy Bridge cpu. And 4.0 is well enough smile.gif.

SB-E supports 3.0
http://www.anandtech.com/show/5264/sandy-bridge-e-x79-pcie-30-it-works
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It's hard to speculate when none of us have one in our hands. What I would do is pick one up on release date and see how it feels; And from there is where considering to upgrade if necessary, or sell it ( I'd assume selling one wouldn't be too hard at all). And according to many sites, bandwidth is doubled from 16GB/s to 32GB/s. So bottlenecking the card would say %50, that's just coming from my speculation lol, but just from that info. it's pretty dramatic. So a single card solution may pull off, but multiple would be a factor.

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SB-E supports 3.0
http://www.anandtech.com/show/5264/sandy-bridge-e-x79-pcie-30-it-works

Sorry, I was going off his 1366 in his sig as there's no support for SB ( as of right now, you'll never know).
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