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- PCIE in a PCI slot?
- Prometheus Xex
November 27, 2005, 6:25 pm
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Re: PCIE in a PCI slot?
Tomshardware currently has an article on "PC Interfaces":
Examine the picture at the very bottom of that web page. The
pin spacing of the two connector types is different. The
signal levels, speeds, and methods are all different.
Only smoke and ruin await, if you mix up those sockets.
PCI and PCI-Express are not interchangable.
Put your money in the bank, and when you've got enough,
buy a shiny new PCI Express motherboard and PCI Express
There are PCI video cards still for sale. You could buy
one of those, use it in your current computer, and use
it in a new PCI Express computer. Until enough types of
PCI Express add-in cards are available, new motherboards
will continue to have both PCI and PCI Express slots.
The performance of a PCI video card would not be
very awe inspiring, but if you are building a server
(which really doesn't need video) or just a machine for
email, a simple PCI video card would be plenty. There are
FX5200, FX5500, ATI 9250 and the like, available in PCI
format. If you are a gamer, all of these choices would
suck, for any serious eye candy.
I assume you are a gamer, in which case, save your pennies
until you can buy the new motherboard and matching video
card type. Chances are, you'll also need a new power
supply, as the power connectors needed have a few
differences compared to your current computer.
By the time you've saved your money, the price on these should
have dropped a bit. X1800XT 512MB $579