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- Advice on PCI Express upgrade?
March 17, 2006, 4:48 am
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PCI Express. Is there ANYTHING that I can use in the new system? I
understand it will require a new mobo, processor, video card. But
what I don't know is about the sound card, and RAM. I was looking at
new model Sound Blaster, it does not say they have PCI express conn.,
it just says they are PCI. And my 184-pin DDR400 Corsair RAM...will
it work with PCI Express? None of my drives have SATA...do the new
PCI Express boards have the old drive connections as well as SATA?
Re: Advice on PCI Express upgrade?
AMD motherboards with PCI Express video slots current offer:
1) DDR unbuffered RAM, just like your A7N8X. Three slots on S754
and four slots (dual channel) on S939 boards. If you were running
dual channel on the A7N8X, you can do it on a S939 board too.
2) All boards have some number of conventional PCI slots. That
means a PCI sound card from the old computer can be reused.
3) A board with a PCI Express x16 video slot, may also have
one or more smaller PCI Express slots. There are a few
add-in cards for PCI Express, but they are not that common
4) There are a few boards now, that can connect 4 SATA drives
and 4 IDE drives to the Southbridge. The IDE drive connectors
are still the best choice for optical disk drives (CD/DVD
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