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Is my graphics card running at PCIe 1.0 x16?

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Posted · Original PosterOP

Hello! 

By looking in the BIOS settings, I’ve noticed that my graphics card: Nvidia GeForce GT 640 (1GB DDR3 PCIe 3.0 x16) runs @ PCIe 1.0 x16!

My motherboard is Gigabyte Z390 Aorus Master, and the BIOS runs at “Default settings”.

 

Can anyone tell me why is this?

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I would say the motherboard is scaling things due to that video card not needing much bandwidth but I honestly don't know.

 

I wanted to really put something in this thread to offset the "WTF is this a troll?" comment I wanted to make :)

 

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Bandwidth is reduced when there's no load. You'll notice in CPU-Z that it says something like "PCIe 3.0 x16 @ PCIe 1.0 x16"

 

Not that it matters at all for a GT 640, it could run on PCI and probably be fine.


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Honestly, I wouldn't be surprised if the integrated GPU on the 9700k surpasses a GT 640. The regular GT cards have always been a really bad value, and that's one from 2012. You'd see an enormous improvement by spending a little money on an RX 570.


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-Moved to Graphics Cards-


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Posted · Original PosterOP
10 hours ago, TVwazhere said:

-Moved to Graphics Cards-

 

10 hours ago, TVwazhere said:

-Moved to Graphics Cards-

 

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Posted · Original PosterOP

JoostinOnline. 

This is a crappy video card. I know it. But I’ll buy a better one next year!

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Just now, NDRE said:

JoostinOnline. 

This is a crappy video card. I know it. But I’ll buy a better one next year!

I would have saved $100 on a motherboard and gone with 16GB of RAM to help save for a video card.

 

And not bought that expensive ass SSD.

 

Got a solid foundation tho, but can't do jack with it.  


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Posted · Original PosterOP

jstudrawa my main occupation ain’t gaming! It’s music production. 

Graphics card wasn’t that much of a priority, for me. But I’ll take care of that aspect too, sooner or later. 

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12 minutes ago, NDRE said:

jstudrawa my main occupation ain’t gaming! It’s music production. 

Graphics card wasn’t that much of a priority, for me. But I’ll take care of that aspect too, sooner or later. 

Either way in most cases like this, the graphics card went to a lower power state which includes lowering PCIe bandwidth. If you really want to confirm your graphics card runs at PCIe 3.0, have it do something like Ungine Heaven with GPU-z open. GPU-z will tell you what PCIe spec the card is currently running at.

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Posted · Original PosterOP
10 hours ago, Mira Yurizaki said:

Either way in most cases like this, the graphics card went to a lower power state which includes lowering PCIe bandwidth. If you really want to confirm your graphics card runs at PCIe 3.0, have it do something like Ungine Heaven with GPU-z open. GPU-z will tell you what PCIe spec the card is currently running at.

Yeah. I’ll try GPU-Z. 

Thanks. 

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42 minutes ago, NDRE said:

jstudrawa my main occupation ain’t gaming! It’s music production. 

Graphics card wasn’t that much of a priority, for me. But I’ll take care of that aspect too, sooner or later. 

Ahh, apologies then.  


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8 hours ago, NDRE said:

JoostinOnline. 

This is a crappy video card. I know it. But I’ll buy a better one next year! 

Well I'd recommend removing it and connecting your monitor directly to your motherboard, unless you need multiple monitors hooked up at once.  It's a low powered card, but still not nearly as efficient as the 9700k's iGPU.  You'll save a couple bucks a month on your power bill with no real downside.  You also could sell the card for $20 to someone who doesn't have an iGPU.  The GT 640 draws up to 65W, while the Intel UHD 630 (your iGPU) draws up to 15W.


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17 hours ago, JoostinOnline said:

Well I'd recommend removing it and connecting your monitor directly to your motherboard, unless you need multiple monitors hooked up at once.  It's a low powered card, but still not nearly as efficient as the 9700k's iGPU.  You'll save a couple bucks a month on your power bill with no real downside.  You also could sell the card for $20 to someone who doesn't have an iGPU.  The GT 640 draws up to 65W, while the Intel UHD 630 (your iGPU) draws up to 15W.

Yeah. 

I guess that’s a possibility too.

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