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Pci vs pci 2.1

I have an X-fi extreem gamer sound card which I want to upgrade to an X-fi elite. The elite requires a pci 2.1 slot, and I believe the extreem gamer card is a regular pci card.Are the 2 cards interchangeable?
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  1. Best answer
    The original PCI slots revision 2.1 was released in 1995. If your computer is newer than 1995, then yes.
  2. enzo matrix said:
    The original PCI slots revision 2.1 was released in 1995. If your computer is newer than 1995, then yes.


    Yes, my computer is a 2009 model ASUS Intel core I7. 9 gigs of memory, 1-tb hd. Although I am learning a bit about computers, I do not know a bunch. I do know the Creative soundblaster x-fi extreem gamer card fits in the slot and works just fine. Yet with the amount of external amp power I am running for professional sound quality, I wanted to up grade to something better. The soundcard I was eye balling requires a PCI 2.1 slot and for the price it cost, I just wanted to make sure it would fit and work properly.
  3. Just make sure you only use a PCI card in a PCI slot and a PCI-Express card in a PCI-Express slot, and you'll be fine.
  4. thefivetheory said:
    Just make sure you only use a PCI card in a PCI slot and a PCI-Express card in a PCI-Express slot, and you'll be fine.

    So what your saying is a PCI slot is no different than a PCI-2 slot?
  5. Paulbeeall said:
    So what your saying is a PCI slot is no different than a PCI-2 slot?


    Yes. If the slot looks like this, the new sound card you want will fit.

    If the slot looks like one of these, it's PCI-Express and a PCI card (like this) will not fit. Only a PCI-E card (like this) will fit.

    I know the card pictures above are for cards that aren't sound cards, but the connector is the same.
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  7. thefivetheory said:
    Yes. If the slot looks like this, the new sound card you want will fit.

    If the slot looks like one of these, it's PCI-Express and a PCI card (like this) will not fit. Only a PCI-E card (like this) will fit.

    I know the card pictures above are for cards that aren't sound cards, but the connector is the same.

    Thank you I appreciate your valuable input.
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