First post, by W.x.
Hello. To this date, I've thought, that i945gz motherboards do not have PCI express slot, well but today I've come across GA-945GZM-S2 and was quite confused, that it has full PCI express slot. So I've checked internet, and found out, where is the catch, it is interpreted through southbridge, and has only 4 lanes instead 16.
So I was thinking, how fast and compatible is this solution, in comparation to full i945 chipset, that has x16 lanes connected through northbridge.
Is it same compatible, or I can experience problems with PCI express graphic cards.
Main question... how much slower it is, in comparation to full x16 slot. I mean, with typical fast Pentium 4 in it, lets say 3 Ghz Pentium and Windows XP games of 2005-2008 era, do you experience any major slow down with lets say 7900 GTX?