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New PCI Card, Express or 2.1?


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#1 phoenixcrash

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Posted 24 April 2010 - 06:08 PM

Got the ol' HP m1070n and the onboard audio just crapped out on me a few days ago. Lookin' to replace it with something fairly cheap (workin' with a very tight budget here!), and spotted a Rocketfish 7.1 PCI card on Ebay for $15.00. Here's the thing; the Rocketfish card says it requires a PCI 2.1 slot, and my PC has PCI Express. Would this card work? I do a lil home recording with Cakewalk (nothing really serious, not building a home studio or anything) so as long as I have a mic/instrument input i'm fine. Will PCI 2.1 work in a PCI Express slot?

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Posted 24 April 2010 - 07:51 PM

According to specs that mobo has:

One PCI Express x16 graphics PEG slot
Three PCI slots

so you should be good to go, and no, a PCI card wont work in a PCI express slot.

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Posted 24 April 2010 - 09:50 PM

PCI-Express x16 (1.x and 2.x) cards and slots are compatible with one another, for the most part. I've not heard any exceptions.
PCI is not the same as PCI-express.

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Posted 25 April 2010 - 12:05 AM

PCI 2.1 is a standard of PCI and will not fit in a PCI express lane. now, a PCI express card will fit in any PCI express slot the same size or larger then it-for example, a PCI express x4 card will fit in x4 slots, x8 slots, and x16 slots, but will not fit in a x1 slot. Its really wonderful technology, but unfortunatly, that card will not work with PCI express but it will work in one of your motherboards PCI slots.

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Posted 25 April 2010 - 01:13 AM

I assumed PCI 2.1 to be a mis-labeled PCI-express 2.1 which is a new standard, but you're probably right. I don't imagine that there are any sound cards which use PCI-express 2.1.
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Posted 25 April 2010 - 03:19 PM

well, 2.0 is the standard for PCI express right now, PCI express x1 -16, so technically all the modern sound cards that do fit in a PCI express slot is going to be 2.0-im just assuming that its PCI 2.1 cuz he said it was, so until proven wrong im going with the obvious.

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