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Old 12-19-2007, 10:09 PM   #1
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Hi guys!
I'm swapping my 8800GT for an 8600GTS... now, the 8800GT didn't work on my computer and from what I've found it's because the Gigabyte GA-M68SM-S2 motherboard has some issues with pci-e 2.0 cards. My brother has an 8600GT on the same motherboard (And almost identical system otherwise too) which works fine - it isn't Pci-e 2.0 but I'm also pretty sure it has DDR2 VRAM... well, the 8600GTS I'm getting is DDR3 VRAM, and I don't want to go buying it only to find it also doesn't work... SO, my question is..

Could the DDR version of a video cards VRAM make a difference in it's compatibility with a motherboard?

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Old 12-19-2007, 10:21 PM   #2
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no it doesnt matter
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Old 12-20-2007, 02:16 AM   #3
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Could the DDR version of a video cards VRAM make a difference in it's compatibility with a motherboard?
no.

But are you sure it's not an issue with a weak psu? It's quite rare for a vid card not to be compatible with a motherboard.
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Old 12-21-2007, 07:58 PM   #4
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Yes. People are having problems with pci-e 2.0 and nForce 630A motherboards - I have a 500w PSU and I've tried 2 empty rails.

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500watt?
deff sure its not your psu?
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Yes. And if it were, I wouldn't want a new PSU, I'd prefer just to get a cheaper video card. My brother has the same PSU as me and his card works ok.

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Rhys is correct. Some motherboards with the PCIe v1.0 slots are having trouble running the new PCIe 2.0 video cards.
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Old 01-06-2008, 10:59 PM   #8
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Rooster, do you think that firmware from Gigabyte would fix those issues? I just thought, if they were to release some firmware that fixed it sometime soon it may not be worth selling my 8800GT but to wait?

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It's hard to say. They could release a BIOS update that would fix that problem in the future. You could try contacting them, but I don't know how far that'll get you.
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Old 01-07-2008, 09:51 AM   #10
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How much is your 8600GTS going to cost because you can get a 3850 for about $160/90.
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