PCIe to PCI adapter?

I recently bought a PCIe video card to go with my new motherboard. Unfortunately, I realized I would have to get rid of one of my PCI card (recording interface) in order to install it (the heatsink/fan is way too large). Anyways, now I'm stuck with a unsuable PCI slot and a useless PCIe 1x slot... that is until I found this adapter : http://www.virtuavia.eu/shop/pci-express-to-pci-adapter-p29855.html

What do you guys think of this? Is it worth it? Do you have any better idea? Thanks!
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  1. cvladan said:
    I recently bought a PCIe video card to go with my new motherboard. Unfortunately, I realized I would have to get rid of one of my PCI card (recording interface) in order to install it (the heatsink/fan is way too large). Anyways, now I'm stuck with a unsuable PCI slot and a useless PCIe 1x slot... that is until I found this adapter : http://www.virtuavia.eu/shop/pci-express-to-pci-adapter-p29855.html

    What do you guys think of this? Is it worth it? Do you have any better idea? Thanks!


    Interesting, but for that price you might get a new mainboard with more slots too. I wouldn't trust it compatibility wise either, but that's just speculation. A very interesting piece of hardware though.
  2. This won't work for a variety of reasons:

    1) It only works for half-height (small-form-factor) cards. A full-height graphics card won't fit.

    2) It wouldn't work anyway because this converts a PCI card to PCI-E x1. What you are looking for is PCI-E x16 to PCI-E x1

    3) Even if it was PCI-E x16 to PCI-E x1 (hypothetical), you're talking about reducing an x16 lane with 4 GB/s bandwidth to an x1 lane 250 MB/s bandwidth. Talk about a bottleneck. Plus, there would be a significant amount of slowdown in the actual conversion between x16 and x1.

    4) As noted, the price is not worth it.
  3. I'm curious as to whether this card actually worked. I may be in a situation where I have to plug a PCI card into a PCI x1 slot. And since the PCI card does not require great speed, x1 will not be a limitation.
  4. This adapter may be better as it is flex cable and not a PCI slot on a PCIe slot, wich can be a problem with case size.
    This flex adapter permit you to put your PCI slot where you want.
    see pictures and link :

    http://www.virtuavia.eu/shop/images/detailed_images/1-pcie-to-2-pci-adapter_800.jpg
    http://www.virtuavia.eu/shop/1-x-pci-express-to-2-x-pci-board.html
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