Add on Card Question

Discussion in 'General Hardware Issues' started by Wildrat, Jan 25, 2008.

  1. Wildrat

    Wildrat Well-Known Member

    Add on Card Question " UPDATED"

    Page down to my most recent reply, Thanks!


    I need to get a SATA card.
    I am using Lite-on SATA drives.
    Should I be getting a " PCI Xpress to SATA" or is a " PCI to SATA" fine?
    As I said in other post my HDD's are connected to the MoBo SATA ports.

    Thank You All !


    P.S. If you are wondering why I am asking Hardware questions on this forum, it's because I feel that the answers I receive here will be from mostly experienced users and I need good answers not maybe this or maybe that.
    My finger is on the checkout key at some old egg place ready to place another order.

    Thanks All!
     
    Last edited: Jan 25, 2008
  2. oldjoe

    oldjoe Well-Known Member

    PCI to SATA
     
  3. Wildrat

    Wildrat Well-Known Member

    Thanks OldJoe!
    Now to figure out which is a good one to get out of the manufacturers on Old Biscuit.
     
  4. Wildrat

    Wildrat Well-Known Member

  5. oldjoe

    oldjoe Well-Known Member

    Looks good to me. It will also give you two ESATA ports.
     
  6. Wildrat

    Wildrat Well-Known Member

    Thanks Old Joe! Do you have that name Old Joe because you were once military and now your retired and older and now have acquired the name Old Joe? I'm just curious.
     
  7. oldjoe

    oldjoe Well-Known Member

    No special reason for the name. My name is Joe and I'm 60 yrs. old.....but young at heart. :D
     
  8. Wildrat

    Wildrat Well-Known Member

    I hear ya man. used to feel young at heart till I let those back butchers get holt of me, 4 x's
     
  9. ridhst

    ridhst Well-Known Member

    PCI or PCIe

    If you MOBO has PCIe's or PCI's is the real Q here. If your MOBO has PCIe then get that one or if it is a older MOBO then the PCI is the way to go.
     
  10. oldjoe

    oldjoe Well-Known Member

    Wildrat's MOBO (Intel Intel D975XBX2) is not equipped with any PCIEX1 slots.
     
  11. Wildrat

    Wildrat Well-Known Member

    I ordered both cards: PCIE & PCI.
    My D975XBX2 mobo has (3 ea. PCI Express x16 connectors:1 connector electrically is x16 or x8, 1 connector is x8 electrically, and the last one is electrically x4) there is also 2 ea. PCI bus add-in card connectors.
    I got the two cards because they were not terribly expensive, and because I will use the PCIE card and then if I get something that needs the PCIE connector then I'll have the PCI card ready to go in, and I can also use the PCI card on another computer that does not have SATA.
     
  12. oldjoe

    oldjoe Well-Known Member

    I believe ridhst was referring to PCIEX1. Thay are a small PCIE slot. Your MOBO does not come with any.

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  13. Wildrat

    Wildrat Well-Known Member

    nope doesn't have one of those, now I'm wondering if that PCIxpress card I ordered was meant for that slot. I'll have to go look. Is that slot a newer tech than the PCIEx16,8,4 ?
     
  14. Wildrat

    Wildrat Well-Known Member

    Joe it looks like it will go into the front part of the express slots. Will it work that way?
    Man, I guess I should have stayed current with this stuff, then I would not have to ask these questions, but at least there are people here that won't make you feel like an idiot.
     
  15. oldjoe

    oldjoe Well-Known Member

    I'm not positive about using it in the front part of that slot. To the best of my knowledge.... PCIEX1 will only work in a PCIEX1 slot. I'm not aware of any cards, other than graphics cards, that are designed to fit into PCIEX8/16 slots.
     
  16. Wildrat

    Wildrat Well-Known Member

    10-4, I guess I'll do some googling and see what I come up with.
    Thanks Joe,

    Mark
     
  17. Wildrat

    Wildrat Well-Known Member

    I went a Googling and ck'd a few places, and it seems that a PCIEX! cards are upward compatible to PCIEX4/8/ and16. Some said there was a difference in distances from the edge of the board, but all seemed to agree it would work. I'll know tomorrow as the cards will be here, maybe I will even have my new SATA drives working finally.
     
  18. Wildrat

    Wildrat Well-Known Member

    UPS left the cards at the door. I have not tried them yet. My wife is already admiring them, I may have to give one up, hopefully the PCIE card.
     
  19. Wildrat

    Wildrat Well-Known Member

    The PCIEX1 card slides into the PCIEX16 socket fine. The card works perfectly. The Jumpers on the PNY card are set by default to the internal SATA ports, where I have the two SATA Lite-On burners connected.
    AnyDVD picked them up with no problem, so I am ready to burn DVD's.
     
  20. oldjoe

    oldjoe Well-Known Member

    Thank you for posting that info Wildrat. That's good to know.
    I thought it strange that there were no available PCIX1 slots on that MOBO.