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jitter_77
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H8-1020 PCI-E and Video Card Question

I just bought the H8 1020 and have a question about the PCI express interface.  I would like to upgrade the card to something better but I am unsure of which interface is in the mother board.  The MB specs just say PCIEx16 but I find it hard to believe that its not at least a PCI-E 2.0x16 but I could be wrong.  I thought 2.0 was pretty much the standard now...Anyways I read that they are all backwards compatible but I was wondering if it was worth putting a better card than the hd 6570 in it.  I am pretty irritated that I paid about $900 for a PC and can only play the witcher 2 at low specs. 

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Re: H8-1020 PCI-E and Video Card Question

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Hi,

 

Did you apply the latest Witcher 2 update?  BTW, where is it available for purchase?  I do see it on Amazon but perhaps you know where there is a better price.

 

The ATI 6570 is not the best gaming video card depending on which model you have.

Review the ATI and NVIDIA performance specifications. Look at the memory bandwidth specifications and the DirectX level support.

 

Please post your HP Product Number.

How to Find the HP Model Number and the HP Product Number

 

Download GPU-Z and it will tell you what type of memory is on the video card (DDR3 or DDR5).

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HP e9280t, i7-960, 12GB, Vertex 3 120, ATI 4850
HP DV9700, t9300, Nvidia 8600, 4GB, Crucial C300 128GB SSD
HP Photosmart Premium C309G, HP Photosmart 6520
HP Touchpad
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Custom i7-4790k,Z-97, 8GB, Vertex 3 SSD, Samsung EVO SSD, Corsair HX650, GTX 660TI
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Re: H8-1020 PCI-E and Video Card Question

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Hi

Your PCIe interface is V2.0, how you know that is from the chipset on your motherboard

 

http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=c02831611&lc=en&cc=us&dlc=en&product=5097947#N38...

 

Your mobo support Intel H61, this chipset support PCIe V2.0, See the link below

 

http://www.intel.com/cd/products/services/emea/eng/chipsets/ec-h61/overview/468255.htm

 

most current high end video card is V2.1 and its backward compatibility with V2.0 and V1.0

 

You are free to choose between most highest video card

 

PS. most important thing when you upgrade your video card is to replace your original 300w power supply

 

 

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jitter_77
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Re: H8-1020 PCI-E and Video Card Question

Thanks for the info.  Yes i did apply the witcher update, and when i purchased the PC I already bought/installed a new power supply.

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Big_Dave
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Re: H8-1020 PCI-E and Video Card Question

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Hi,

 

What size power supply? Make and model?

 

What does GPU-Z say about the memory dimm types in your video card?

 

The bad news is even if your ATI 6570 has GDDR5 memory dimms it doesn't appear to meet the minimum video card strength that has been posted on the web at more than two different web sites.

 

Go to www.newegg.com and look over the prices for the AMD 6850.  This make is $130 after rebate.  Look over the dimensions and then do some measuring inside of your PC to see if it will fit.  You'll need a good 500 watt power supply.

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HP e9280t, i7-960, 12GB, Vertex 3 120, ATI 4850
HP DV9700, t9300, Nvidia 8600, 4GB, Crucial C300 128GB SSD
HP Photosmart Premium C309G, HP Photosmart 6520
HP Touchpad
Custom i7-4770k,Z-87, 8GB, Vertex 3 SSD, Samsung EVO SSD, Corsair HX650,GTX 760
Custom i7-4790k,Z-97, 8GB, Vertex 3 SSD, Samsung EVO SSD, Corsair HX650, GTX 660TI
Windows 7/8 UEFI/Legacy mode, MBR/GPT
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