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ASUS R9 290x with AMD Phenom II X4 965 BE

I need to change my old ASUS 5870 video card;


This is my actually configuration:


Motherboard: Sapphire Pure AM3RS790G


CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 BE  ( O.C. 3.7 GHz )


VGA: ASUS ATi Radeon HD 5870 1 GB


RAM: Corsair Dominator 2*4 8 GB 1600 MHz


SSD: Corsair Force LS 120 GB + HDD 1 TB 7200 rpm


PSU: Corsair HX 1000 w modular.


 


ASUS R9 290x it's compatible with my configuration ?


http://www.asus.com/it/Graphics_Cards/R9290XDC2OC4GD5/


 


Thanks.


 

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ASUS R9 290x with AMD Phenom II X4 965 BE

The bigger question is, what games will you be playing. You're not going to be able to use any other PCIe cards, as the 290X will be hampered by PCIe 2.0 x8. Also unless the CPU is overclocked north of 4ghz, you're going to be limited by it as well. And there is a slight chance, given the age of the board, that the 290X will not work.
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Cornugon
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ASUS R9 290x with AMD Phenom II X4 965 BE

Originally posted by: black_zion And there is a slight chance, given the age of the board, that the 290X will not work.</end quote></div></p>

PCI 3.0 cards SHOULD work on 2.0 boards, since 2.1 was 100% backwards compatible (well with 2.0 that is), and 3.0 is apparently similar to 2.1 in a lot of ways.


Only 1.x boards are problematic, but just on AMD cards.

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ASUS R9 290x with AMD Phenom II X4 965 BE

Yes they SHOULD, but there's always a chance. FIFA and GTA are CPU limited games, so you would not see the full potential of that GPU with that CPU.
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Cornugon
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ASUS R9 290x with AMD Phenom II X4 965 BE

Originally posted by: black_zion FIFA and GTA are CPU limited games, so you would not see the full potential of that GPU with that CPU.</end quote></div></p>

So true... on the bright side: GTA V isn't as CPU limited as GTA IV...

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ASUS R9 290x with AMD Phenom II X4 965 BE

The 290X is a bit shy of twice as powerful as the 5870, so as long as you are not maxing out the CPU now, there will be a gain.
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