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Can you use PCI 3.0 on 2.0 slot...?(question about backwards compatability and can i run)

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hello I was wondering if I am able to run a amd 7950 on my current system because i keep reading a lot fo motherboards give it problems if its old.

I am using ( check sig )
P45 motherboard ( gigabyte EP45-UD3P)

I am also scared of the size of the cards i see it says it measures 10.6 inches

I am almost close to grabbing a 7950 after all the cheap prices i keep watching.
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AMD only supports PCIe 2.0 as of now. Almost all GPUs available are PCIe 3.0. Many AMD users (e.g. me) are using a modern GPU in an older slot. QED, PCIe 3.0 works fine in 2.0 slots. PCIe and SATA, among others are both backwards and forwards compatible, meaning not only can old components function in new slots, but new components can function in old slots. That rule of thumb for PCIe is, if the card fits, it ought to work. Maybe not at full speeds, but it will work.
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