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PCI Express x1?

By Z@X
Sep 2, 2006
  1. I recently got a new dell dimension e310 desktop and i found a small black slot over my 2 pci slots. Sombody did some research for me and found out it was a pci express x1 slot. Is this true, and can i put a graphics card in it?
     
  2. johnmayo

    johnmayo Banned Posts: 123

    they make some graphics cards for pci-ex1
     
  3. GeekieNick101

    GeekieNick101 TS Rookie Posts: 524

    I have an e310 as well and yes its an x1 pci express port and yes I tihnk they do make some cards for them but I upgraded my video card but I used nvidia geforce 5500 fx 256mb oc pci card so yeah I tihnk the highest they have pci-e x1 is 64mb? I think and certian cards higher above your going to have ower supply issues yes It says you need a 250w p/s for the 5500 but you have a 230w p/s but it doesnt matter i'm using one now dont worry it works and make sure you disable your intergrated video.
     
  4. Z@X

    Z@X TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I have the nvidia geforce 5500 fx 256mb too but i thought they made better ones for pci express x1 guess not
     
  5. johnmayo

    johnmayo Banned Posts: 123

  6. F1N3ST

    F1N3ST TS Rookie Posts: 1,088

    Thats 128mb the other memory is "Hypermemory" which is taken from your RAM, and sucks wang lol. 512MB HyperMemory with 128MB Onboard
     
  7. GeekieNick101

    GeekieNick101 TS Rookie Posts: 524

    Well ok I'm sorry i'm wrong they just must of came out with these. But its not from Nvidia its ATI but it even states: Power supply of 350 (and up) watt is highly recommended for system stability and the e310 has a 230w power supply
     
  8. cfitzarl

    cfitzarl TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,520   +9

    Yes, there are some graphic card for the pci-express x1 slot, although they tend to be very expensive, and do not have much more power than the agp 8x slot. If you have an agp 8x slot, I would get a card for that over the pci-e x1.
     
  9. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,605   +9

    And PCI-E X1 is slower than AGP 4X/8X, about 500MB/s
     
  10. johnmayo

    johnmayo Banned Posts: 123

    Then what's the point of a PCI-Ex1??
     
  11. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,605   +9

    It's almost useless. It's really hard to find a PCI-E X1 card. Maybe in the future, network and sound cards will use that slot.

    It is meant to replace coventional PCI some day...
     
     
  12. johnmayo

    johnmayo Banned Posts: 123

    Thank's for that info..
     
  13. cfitzarl

    cfitzarl TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,520   +9

    Oh, and also on newegg, they only list one card, in which, you could get the agp 8x equivalent for the same price. The problem is that it's a lower end radeon (X1300) (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814161017), and the mem is only 64-bit, and is hyper memory as well (128mb onboard with a 512mb card).

    EDIT:
    I just looked online and the E310 Only has pci-slots, and a pci-x x1 slot. So it looks like you are stuck with the pci-x unless you want to get the top of the line pci card, which is less powerful than the pci-x x1 cards.
     
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