Videocards that still support Legacy BIOS

mrthewhit150a02d7

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Hi,
I'm looking for a new videocard that still supports Legacy BIOS (NVIDIA preferred)
Is there a list of models/typenumbers somewhere?
It seems this information seems very hard to come by.
Thanks in advance.
 

Svet

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On what hardware[mainboard] you are planning to use it?
 

mrthewhit150a02d7

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On what hardware[mainboard] you are planning to use it?
It's for a (MEDIONPC) MSI MS-7728v2.0 motherboard (LGA1155 socket; BIOS version E7728MLN.209 (22-dec-2011), no newer version available), with an GTX-550Ti at the moment.
When I look at UserBenchmark I can see that some people run it with a GTX-1050Ti, a GTX-670 and even a GTX-1060-6GB, however Userbenchmark doesn't show the manufacturer, product-ID or type-numbers.

As you will probably know, not all cards of these types still run on Legacy-BIOS and only support UEFI-BIOS on the motherboard.
So, before I buy a new card, I want to be sure abour what card I am supposed to buy.
Before I was aware of the Legacy-BIOS vs UEFI-BIOS problem, I ordered a MSI GeForce GTX 1650 SUPER VENTUS 4G.
I thought a compatible PCI-E bus was the only thing I had to keep in mind (knowing that it would run on PCI-e 3.0 to PCI-e 2.0 backwards compatibility).
To my surprise (at that time) it didn't work and I had to send the card back under RSA.
So, to not make the same mistake twice, I ask this question here on the forum:
What cards still support Legacy BIOS on the motherboard?
Any info about cards from MSI (other any manufacturer) or older no longer available types also is welcome.
 

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It is a myth. Actually there is no such general UEFI/legacy vbios issue. A UEFI vbios is hybrid and will work fine on legacy bios boards. Trouble only affects UEFI which is not GOP compliant (e.g. early bios versions for X79/Z77 boards).
The problem in this case is that the board uses an Intel 6 series chipset (H61) that requires an Intel Mangement Engine 8 (ME8) bios (supporting Intel Ivy Bridge cpus) to use graphics cards like GTX 9xx or later. Usually these do come with an ME7 bios that can't work with these later graphics cards. Your oem board for example is one only meant to work with Sandy Bridge cpus.
 

mrthewhit150a02d7

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Thanks for your answer flobelix, this makes sence.
If this is the case, still the purpose my question stays the same:
Which more modern graphics cards can still work with this motherboard, using a H61 chipset, with an ME7 BIOS?

It seems MSI cards in the past could cope with this problem:
https://event.msi.com/2014/vga/Hybrid_BIOS/
Like mentioned earlier, UserBenchmark mentions that there must be some newer cards, like the GTX-1050Ti and GTX-1060-6GB, that still work.
 

mrthewhit150a02d7

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Compared to the current GTX-550Ti, to me the GTX-1050 and GTX-1060 series (or even lower) are ok also.
All I want to know are the exact brand/type/model numbers, so I know which one to buy, new or second hand.
Why is this question so difficult to answer?
Why does it feel like this is a question of trial-and error? Buy 10 cards and just see which one is working?
This information must be available somewhere, or must be known to somebody, doesn't it?
 

flyingv2815b702e7

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well, without testing it, nobody knows for sure.
rarely is it possible to answer these kinds of things with 100 percent certainty
just like there is no guarantee that a particular set of ram will work perfectly
with a certain mb and cpu combination. what you are asking isnt generally
list as a specification that is viewable as you indicated or we would all know.

that being said, i think the other poster is correct.
there is more to consider than the uefi thing, if the bios is too old to pnp the card.
you dont have to buy ten cards. just one. they are all going to be basically the same
gtx whatever no matter who made the card.
trial and error. yes thats perfectly normal.

edit: cpu? it might hold you back.
been playing around with a rx570 on the athlon 3000g system
its not horrible but that cpu cannot drive the card to full potential.

but dont let that stop you.
pick out a nice gtx card you like and try it.
just make sure first that your power supply is up
to the task and has the necessary power connectors.

just remembered I had a gtx950 on an old 990FX board approx same era
as your board. old bios wasnt a problem.
 
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flyingv2815b702e7

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arg, this board isnt upgrade friendly at all.
someone even used the word disposable.
it probably wont work, sorry. they get stuck on the splash screen.

the good news, you only have to buy one card if you still want to try it.
its either going to work or it isn't and there wont be any point to try another card.
 
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