is Nvidia GTX 460 compatible with p31 ds3l?

Nvidia / Gtx 460
January 13, 2011 at 12:27:50
Specs: Windows 7, intel E6550
hi...i have gigabyte p31-ds3l and i want to buy nvidia gtx 460...p31-ds3l has one PCI Express 16x and gtx 460 is PCI Express 2.0 16x...does it work on my motherboard? is there any problem because of it's bandwidth is not compatible with my motherboard?

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January 13, 2011 at 13:17:44
Just make sure you have a decent power supply.

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January 14, 2011 at 02:15:46
I'm just worry for having lower performance with PCI Express 1...What do you think? How much it may be?
my system has following configuration:
OS : Windows 7 Ultimate
CPU :Intel Core2Due E6550
RAM : Geil 4 GIG

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January 14, 2011 at 04:29:53
I use a GTX460 on a P35 board (which also only has a PCI Express 1 interface) and it flies. General consensus seems to be that you get a performance loss of 5% or less.

But, as mickliq said, make absolutely sure that your PSU is up to the job. It needs to be at least 500W, I believe, and you want one from a good manufacturer rather than a "no name" one. If it's got two PCI Express power connectors (you'll need two) then it should be OK. I run mine with a Corsair HTX650W.

Anyway, the GTX460 is just about the best value graphics card that you can get - you'll love it. Go for the 1GB version.

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January 14, 2011 at 04:48:51
Thanks alot....i was worry for difference between PCI 1 & 2 but i got my answer....
my second question:
Psu should have 2 6-pin connectors? is 2 connectors necessary to suply the GTX 460 or just one?
my third question: from which brand should i buy GTX 460 1 gig?

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January 14, 2011 at 05:16:47
GTX460 needs two 6-pin connectors. You can use Molex-PCI power converters, and most cards will come with one or two of them. If the PSU has two 6-pin connectors then I would assume that it is up to the job, if only one then it may or may not be. But, as I said, as long as it's a decent make and >500W it should be OK.

As to make of card, I only have experience of my own, which is a PNY one, but they all should be fairly similar. Price in the UK was just under £140, which is a bargain for such a powerful card.

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January 14, 2011 at 07:11:04
The GTX 460 video chipset requires:

Minimum of a 450 Watt power supply. (Minimum recommended power supply with +12 Volt current rating of 24 Amps.)
- Two available 6-pin PCI-E power dongles

Your power supply must have at least the minimum capacity required to support a system with the graphics card you are using installed, or the max graphics card you might install in the future.
(Onboard video - video built into the mboard - IS NOT A CARD ! )
If that info is not in the ad for the video card, you can go to the video card maker's web site and look up the specs for the model - often under system requirements - the minimum PS wattage, and, more important, the minimum amperage the PS must supply at 12v is stated. If you don't find that, any card with the same video chipset including any letters after the model number has very similar minimum PS requirements. Some power supplies have two or more +12v ratings - in that case, add those ratings to determine the total +12v current capacity.

In this case, that's a minimum 450 watts, a minimum +12 Volt current rating of 24 Amps.

If you're a gamer...
In most if not all cases, the max capacity rating of the PS is an intermittent rating. It's recommended that you do not load your PS to any more that 80% of that rating if you are going to be using something that puts a constant load on it, such as playing a recent game for hours on end. In that case, you multiply the min capacity stated for the system with the particular video chipset on the card by 1.25 to find the min. capacity of the PS you should get.

In this case, that's a minimum 450 x 1.25 = 562.5 watts

If you need to get a PS with more capacity, you can usually replace it with any decent quality standard sized standard ATX PS.

Standard (PS/2) power supply size - 86mm high, 150mm wide, 140mm deep, or 3 3/8" h x 5 7/8" w x 5 1/2" d , or very close to that, though the depth can be more or less for some PSs.

Don't buy an el-cheapo PS.
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January 16, 2011 at 04:31:10
Thanks a lot for everything....

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January 16, 2011 at 05:35:15
Thanks for the Thanks.

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