Win Nvidia GeForce GT 1030 graphics cards - Perfect for low cost budget 4K HTPC
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(2017-07-27, 21:26)runningnaked Wrote: @RockerC Thanks for the info.
(2017-07-27, 11:25)RockerC Wrote: Good to know if that PCI-Express is a backwards compatible format most newer cards will also work in PCI-E 2.0 and even PCI-E 1.0 slots, so you could possibly use them on many older motherboards as long as it has a free right-size PCI-Express x16 slot with enough lanes (uses x4).
By this, do you mean that if my crappy motherboard has one of those situations where there's 2 full-length x16 slots that share lanes ("1 x16 slot, 1 x8 slot; when the x8 slot is occupied, the x16 slot runs at x8"), if I do populate the 2nd slot with say a RAID card, this card won't be affected since it only uses x4 lanes anyway? I'm not very knowledgeable about these things (I don't game), and didn't know an x16 slot card might not actually use all lanes available. If this is the case, this card could be a great find!
Yes one of these Nvidia GeForce GT 1030 graphics cards should still work fine in any PCI-Express x16 slot even if you have a RAID-cards in your motherboards other PCI-Express slots.

The available PCIe lanes and their bandwidth will never notice any bottlenecks with these Nvidia GeForce GT 1030 graphics cards, no matter what other cards you have in your other PCIe slots.

If you wanted to you could in fact even place two Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 graphics cards in each of those slot PCI-Express x16 slots and they would still work fine as these are low-end cards.

https://www.pugetsystems.com/labs/articl...mance-518/

The x4 lanes these Nvidia GeForce GT 1030 graphics cards requires is very few/low in practice and they use very little of the PCI-Express capable bandwidth so it won't be a bottleneck.

And since we here in the Kodi forum are really only talking about video playback and not gaming we will never reach those limites with these GeForce GT 1030 cards, even for 4K.

Summery; don't worry about PCIe lane bandwidth for graphics cards, especially not when using when your goal is to have a dedicated 4K HTPC for Kodi and not a high-end gaming PC.
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RE: Nvidia GeForce GT 1030 graphics cards - Perfect for low cost budget 4K HTPC - by RockerC - 2017-07-28, 10:08


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