Home Memory PCI Express 3.0 vs. 2.0: Is There a Gaming Performance Gain?

PCI Express 3.0 vs. 2.0: Is There a Gaming Performance Gain?

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How We Tested

During our benchmarking sessions, we used the configuration listed below. Between our benchmarking sessions, the only differences were the video card PCI Express configuration.

Hardware Configuration

  • CPU: Core i7-5775C
  • Motherboard: ASRock Z97 Extreme4
  • CPU Cooler: Intel
  • Memory: 16 GiB DDR3-2133, four G.Skill Ripjaws F3-17000CL9Q-16GBZH 4 GiB memory modules configured at 1,600 MHz
  • Boot drive: Kingston HyperX Savage 480 GB
  • Video Card: GeForce GTX 980 Ti
  • Video Monitor: Philips 236VL
  • Power Supply: Corsair CX750

Operating System Configuration

  • Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
  • NTFS
  • Video resolution: 1920 x 1080 60 Hz

Driver Versions

  • NVIDIA driver version: 361.43

Software Used

Error Margin

We adopted a 3% error margin. Thus, differences below 3% cannot be considered relevant. In other words, products with a performance difference below 3% should be considered as having similar performance.

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Rafael Otto Coelho is a physicist, a PhD student, and is a college professor in Brazil.