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GTX 680 - Am I Going To Need A New Motherboard?

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I received some birthday money and wanted to upgrade my GPU to a GTX 680. I bought an EVGA GTX 680 4gb FTW model which should be arriving tomorrow. Being quick to jump and somewhat slower to read I see that it is PCIE 3 compatible. My motherboard is PCIE 2 (sig. rig).

Forget that I don't need 4gb, I like to think of it as added cushioning. Forget that I maybe could have gotten away with a 670, I wanted a 680. All I want to know is if I'm going to be ok with my current setup. I've read some articles online and they seem to indicate that I won't see or feel any difference with my choice but I'd love to hear it from the professionals here.

The rig in my signature is for gaming. I play with everything at maximum setitngs on a single monitor which is actually a few years old from Dell but it's easy on my eyes and still works.
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Your fine. Gtx 680 will work on your board no problem
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It will be fine.
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From what I understand, PCIE 3 can have a 2%-5% positive impact on framerates, but It's not worth sweating over. Having Spotify open in the background can a -15% impact on my laptops frames so there are far more important things to worry about. Enjoy your 680 thumb.gif
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Originally Posted by alcal View Post

From what I understand, PCIE 3 can have a 2%-5% positive impact on framerates, but It's not worth sweating over.

That should only occur if there are 2 heavily overclocked cards, or 3 cards in SLI/CF.
You won't notice a difference for PCI-E 2.0 vs. 3.0 for your card OP.
    
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The GTX 690 is the first card to fully saturate a PCI-e 2.0 x16 slot
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That should only occur if there are 2 heavily overclocked cards, or 3 cards in SLI/CF.
You won't notice a difference for PCI-E 2.0 vs. 3.0 for your card OP.

Thanks for the correction. I'm still on x58 so I hadn't looked into it, past knowing that it barely matters at this stage. Cheers!
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yeah as said you will be fine on PCIe 2.0 with a GTX680.. unless you have sli and high OCing.. the only card so far i have seen benefit from PCIe 3.0 is the GTX690 which was a couple % difference between PCIe 2.0 and 3.0 if i remember correctly, it was just a small difference smile.gif
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Thanks very much for the quick replies everyone. I feel much better.
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