Have a dumb question

By red1776 ยท 8 replies
Dec 16, 2008
  1. I googled this, but the answers were unclear, what are pci x1 slots for!?
  2. McCoy Hawkins

    McCoy Hawkins TS Rookie

    A PCI x1 Slot (Verbalized: PCI 1-by slot) is just like the slots on your motherboard that you might put a video card, network-interface-card, or other chip in, but it's smaller and made for chips that are specifically designed for items with x1 slots.

    Hope that helped

  3. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    Yes, PCI x1 slots are about 1 inch long. Some low-end modems, video cards and sound cards can be installed in them
  4. hrlow2

    hrlow2 TS Rookie Posts: 136

    There can be no dumb questions if a person truly wants to learn.
  5. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Topic Starter Posts: 5,224   +164

    Thanks guys,
    I have never seen a pci x1 device, and if I did, i didn't know i was looking at one. I just ordered a new mobo thats has three of them........hope it doesnt come with ISA slots too LOL
  6. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,523

    Here's a pic: (click to maximize)
  7. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Topic Starter Posts: 5,224   +164

    Hey Kim,
    what took ya so long:D lol,
    I have seen the slots, i just dont think i have ever seen a device you would use in one
  8. tastegw

    tastegw TS Enthusiast Posts: 188

    alot of the older sound cards and such used this slot.

    i had a creative labs sound blaster card that used it. (years ago tho)
  9. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,276   +461

    It sounds to me a bit like two different slots are being explained here. If the slot you are talking about is about 1 inch long then you're talking about PCI-Express 1X - this is a more recent type of interface on motherboards. I use it for my SB X-Fi PCI-Express 1X card. There a lots of new devices that can use these slots.
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