PCI Express interfaces for new graphic cards

By kiwiboy
Jun 25, 2005
  1. Hi, I have a 3400+ AMD Athlon 64 Processor with a ATI Radeon 9800 se PRO graphics card.
    I am looking at the latest graphics card by NVIDIA - the GE XFX 7800 series which can only be connected to a PCI Express slot.

    How do I find out if I have a PCI Express slot onboard my PC without opening it up physically?

    If I do have to open it up-what does the new PCI Express slot look like?
  2. IronDuke

    IronDuke TS Rookie Posts: 856

    Download Everest Home from here.
    That will give you a lot of info on what's inside your box.

    Welcome Kiwiboy
  3. momalyd

    momalyd TS Rookie Posts: 24

    i might be wrong but the board for a 64-bit processer sould have pci express as standerd because its a 64bit version of pci ----- no doubt someone will prove me wrong, and yes i know its a 32bit chip with a 64bit whistle (i have been won over and am getting one next week) and i also know you can get pci express for a 32bit system i think that should cover it all)
  4. vnf4ultra

    vnf4ultra TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,388

    Well, basically you don't have pci-e, if you have a 9800pro, 9800pros were never made in pci-e, and almost all motherboards have either agp or pci-e. You most likely have agp. Pci-e slots are longer than agp(or pci) from looking at them.

    I'm not sure, but I don't think pci-e is a 64bit pci slot, I think that's pci-X, which is for servers, but I may be wrong.

    Also there are amd 939 socket boards with agp, and ones with pci-e, just because it's 939 doesn't mean it's pci-e. For example, the abit av8 is agp and 939, IIRC.
  5. momalyd

    momalyd TS Rookie Posts: 24

    yea pci-x and pci express are the same, good old americans naming things was introduced in servers long before pc's
  6. nein

    nein Banned Posts: 109

    No, (pci express) PCIe and PCI-X are not the same, to use PCI-X with PCIe you needed a bridge just as you would need one for AGP or the older PCI.
  7. momalyd

    momalyd TS Rookie Posts: 24

    oh yea pci-x is the size of pci and pcie is realy short. my mistake
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