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A Current Review of PCIe 3.0 Graphics Cards in 2013

Updated on May 29, 2013

A Look at the Top Rated PCIe 3.0 Graphics Cards

As someone who is serious about PC gaming I'm constantly trying to get an edge up on my competitors by upgrading my hardware and gaming peripherals. In this post I'll review the differences between the PCIe 3.0 interface and 2.0 and give you all the need-to-know information about making sure your system is compatible with PCIe 3.0. I'll also give you a list of my favorite Radeon and GeForce PCIe 3.0 graphics cards.

Radeon PCIe 3.0 Graphics Card
Radeon PCIe 3.0 Graphics Card

PCIe 3.0 vs. 2.0

What's the difference between PCIe 3.0 vs. the previous version PCIe 2.0.

PCIe 3.0 allows for twice as much bandwidth with its 8 GT/s bit rate by removing the requirement 2.0 has for 8b/10b encoding. The first graphics cards with PCIe 3.0 compatibility were released by AMD in January of 2012. PCIe 3.0 peripherals are backwards compatible with 2.0; however, when used in this way regain the limitations of 2.0. For more information on history of the PCIe interface I suggest you go here.

PCIe 3.0 Is it Worth It?

For gaming, there is little benefit to having a PCIe 3.0 graphics card as manufacturers were just starting to reach the limits of PCIe 2.0 when PCIe 3.0 was released. The benefit seems to be greater with higher resolutions and better more distinct for a card like the GTX 680 vs. Radeon's 7970. For more information on that I suggest this post. For computing technologies like OpenCL, CUDA and C++ AMP there is even more of a distinct advantage to using PCIe 3.0.

Is Your GPU, CPU, and Motherboard Compatible with PCIe 3.0?

As far as graphics cards are concerned the Radeon HD 7000 series as well as the GeForce GTX 600 series both use and support the PCIe 3.0 interface.

As of right now you must use a third generation Intel Ivy Bridge processor along with a PCIe 3.0 compatible motherboard in order to truly use PCIe 3.0. The motherboard chipsets which are compatible with PCIe 3.0 at this point in time are the GEN3 Z68 motherboards, Z77, Z75, H77, Q77,Q75, and B75. AMD does not yet have a CPU which supports PCIe 3.0.

Latest EVGA GeForce PCIe 3.0 Graphics Cards 2013

EVGA GeForce GTX 680 2048MB GDDR5, DVI, DVI-D, HDMI, DisplayPort, 4-way SLI Ready Graphics Card Graphics Cards 02G-P4-2680-KR
EVGA GeForce GTX 680 2048MB GDDR5, DVI, DVI-D, HDMI, DisplayPort, 4-way SLI Ready Graphics Card Graphics Cards 02G-P4-2680-KR

Technical Details: 1006MHz Core Clock, 1058MHz Boost Clock, 1536 CUDA Cores, 6008MHz EMC, GDDR5 2GB size, 256 Bit interface, DirectX 11, OpenGL 4.2, 1 x HDMI, 1 x DisplayPort, 2 x DVI, and includes a 3 year parts and labor warranty.

 
EVGA GeForce GTX670 FTW 2048MB GDDR5 256bit, Dual Dual-Link DVI, HDMI, DisplayPort, 4-Way SLI Ready Graphics Card Graphics Cards 02G-P4-2678-KR
EVGA GeForce GTX670 FTW 2048MB GDDR5 256bit, Dual Dual-Link DVI, HDMI, DisplayPort, 4-Way SLI Ready Graphics Card Graphics Cards 02G-P4-2678-KR

Technical Details: 1006MHz Core Clock, 1084MHz Boost Clock, 1344 CUDA Cores, 6208MHz EMC, GDDR5 2GB size, 256 Bit interface, DirectX 11, OpenGL 4.2, 1 x HDMI, 1 x DisplayPort, 2 x DVI, and includes a 3 year parts and labor warranty.

 
MSI GTX 660 Ti Power Edition Graphics Card with Triple Overvoltage and Enhanced PWM Design (N660TI PE 2GD5/OC)
MSI GTX 660 Ti Power Edition Graphics Card with Triple Overvoltage and Enhanced PWM Design (N660TI PE 2GD5/OC)

Technical Details: 1019MHz Core Clock, 1097MHz Boost Clock, 1344 CUDA Cores, 6008MHz EMC, GDDR5 2GB size, 192-bit interface, DirectX 11, OpenGL 4.2, 1 x HDMI, 1 x DisplayPort, 2 x DVI, and includes a 3 year parts and 2 year labor warranty.

 
EVGA GeForce GTX 660 SUPERCLOCKED 2048MB GDDR5 DVI HDMI DP Graphics Card 02G-P4-2662-KR
EVGA GeForce GTX 660 SUPERCLOCKED 2048MB GDDR5 DVI HDMI DP Graphics Card 02G-P4-2662-KR

Technical Details: 1046MHz Core Clock, 1111MHz Boost Clock, 960 CUDA Cores, 6008MHz EMC, GDDR5 2GB size, 256 Bit interface, DirectX 11, OpenGL 4.2, 1 x HDMI, 1 x DisplayPort, 2 x DVI, and includes a 3 year parts and labor warranty.

 
EVGA GeForce GT 640 2048MB GDDR3 Dual DVI, mHDMI Graphics Cards 02G-P4-2643-KR
EVGA GeForce GT 640 2048MB GDDR3 Dual DVI, mHDMI Graphics Cards 02G-P4-2643-KR

Technical Details: 901MHz Core Clock, 384 CUDA Cores, 1782MHz EMC, GDDR5 2GB size, 128-Bit interface, DirectX 11, OpenGL 4.2, 1 x mini HDMI, 2 x DVI, and includes a 3 year parts and labor warranty.

 

New AMD Radeon PCIe 3.0 Graphics Cards 2013

Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 OC 3GB DDR5 HDMI/DVI-I/Dual Mini DP PCI-Express Graphics Card 11197-01-40G
Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 OC 3GB DDR5 HDMI/DVI-I/Dual Mini DP PCI-Express Graphics Card 11197-01-40G

950/1000MHz Core Clock, 2048 Stream Processors, 1425MHz EMC, 3GB GDDR5 384-bit, DirectX 11, OpenGL 4.2, ports include; 1 x HDMI, 2 x Mini DisplayPort, 1 x DVI, and includes a 2 year parts and labor warranty.

 
MSI AMD Radeon HD 7950 3GB GDDR5 DVI/HDMI/2xMini DisplayPort PCI-Express Video Card R7950 TWIN FROZR 3GD5/OC
MSI AMD Radeon HD 7950 3GB GDDR5 DVI/HDMI/2xMini DisplayPort PCI-Express Video Card R7950 TWIN FROZR 3GD5/OC

880MHz Core Clock, 1792 Stream Processors, 1250MHz EMC, 3GB GDDR5 384-bit, DirectX 11, OpenGL 4.2, ports include; 1 x HDMI, 2 x Mini DisplayPort, 1 x DVI, and includes a 3 year parts and 2 year labor warranty.

 
Gigabyte AMD Radeon HD 7870 2 GB GDDR5 DVI-I/HDMI/2x Mini-Displayport PCI-Express 3.0 Graphic Card GV-R787OC-2GD
Gigabyte AMD Radeon HD 7870 2 GB GDDR5 DVI-I/HDMI/2x Mini-Displayport PCI-Express 3.0 Graphic Card GV-R787OC-2GD

1100MHz Core Clock, 1280 Stream Processors, 1200MHz EMC, 2GB GDDR5 256-bit, DirectX 11, OpenGL 4.2, ports include; 1 x HDMI, 2 x Mini DisplayPort, 1 x DVI, and includes a 3 year parts and labor warranty.

 
Sapphire 11201-00-20G Radeon HD 7770 GHZ 1GB DDR5 HDMI / DVI-I / Dual Mini DP PCI-Express Graphics Card
Sapphire 11201-00-20G Radeon HD 7770 GHZ 1GB DDR5 HDMI / DVI-I / Dual Mini DP PCI-Express Graphics Card

1000MHz Core Clock, 640 Stream Processors, 1125MH EMC, 1GB GDDR5 128-bit-bit, DirectX 11, OpenGL 4.2, ports include; 1 x HDMI, 2 x Mini DisplayPort, 1 x DVI, and includes a 2 year parts and labor warranty.

 
HIS H775F1GD Radeon HD 7750 1GB (128bit) GDDR5 Displayport HDMI DVI (HDCP) PCI Express X16 3.0 Graphics Cards
HIS H775F1GD Radeon HD 7750 1GB (128bit) GDDR5 Displayport HDMI DVI (HDCP) PCI Express X16 3.0 Graphics Cards

800MHz Core Clock, 512 Stream Processors, 1125MH EMC, 1GB GDDR5 128-bit, DirectX 11, OpenGL 4.2, ports include; 1 x HDMI, 1 x DisplayPort, 1 x DVI, and includes a 2 year parts and labor warranty.

 

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