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    PCI-E Sound cards?

    Any due on the market? specificly a Audigy, looking at getting a SN25 or SN26 but there PCI - E only.
    Also would a PCI-E 1 card work on the PCI-E 16 slot on the SLI shuttle?
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    The audiotrak prodigy 7.1LT is PCI & PCI-E. Sold one yesterday on an auction site

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    Yeah? The Audiotrack website doesn't mention PCI-E, only PCI-X:

    http://www.audiotrak.net/prodigy7.1LT.htm

    I think you're out of luck finding a PCI-E soundcard for the time being Platinum mate, but if you can find one it should work in the second graphics card slot on an SLI board, since they still send a 1x lane to the slot when in single graphics card mode.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rave
    Yeah? The Audiotrack website doesn't mention PCI-E, only PCI-X:

    http://www.audiotrak.net/prodigy7.1LT.htm

    I think you're out of luck finding a PCI-E soundcard for the time being Platinum mate, but if you can find one it should work in the second graphics card slot on an SLI board, since they still send a 1x lane to the slot when in single graphics card mode.

    Sorry must have read it wrong

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    I get confused sometimes TBH.

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    What is pci-x, i though it was another name for pci-e
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    PCI-X is a 64bit 133Mhz interconnect, as opposed to the 32bit 33Mhz of classic PCI. PCI-X uses double length slots and is found in servers and workstations usually.
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    never thought of a pci-express sound card! and never heard of pci-x

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kez
    PCI-X is a 64bit 133Mhz interconnect, as opposed to the 32bit 33Mhz of classic PCI. PCI-X uses double length slots and is found in servers and workstations usually.
    Can you not get PCI-X slots that run at 100, 66 or 33 MHZ too Kez, or are they called something different? My Tiger MP has the 64bit/ 33MHz variety.....

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    There are all sorts of variations Rave. There's a 133Mhz 32bit slot, there's a 64bit 33Mhz slot, there's a 266Mhz slot. Here's a snip from Wikipedia:
    # PCI 2.2 allows for 66MHz signalling (requires 3.3 volt signalling) (peak transfer 533 MB/s)
    # PCI-X changes the protocol slightly and increases the data rate to 133MHz (peak transfer 1066 MB/s)
    # PCI-X 2.0 specifies a 266MHz rate (peak transfer 2133 MB/s) and also 533MHz rate, expands the configuration space to 4096 bytes, adds a 16-bit bus variant and allows for 1.5 volt signalling
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    Oh I see....cheers. Mine technically aren't PCI-X then, although most of the cards I've seen are backwards compatible.

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    Pretty useless since the normal PCI bus provides more than enough bandwidth, but oh well. That's progress.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kez
    There are all sorts of variations Rave. There's a 133Mhz 32bit slot, there's a 64bit 33Mhz slot, there's a 266Mhz slot. Here's a snip from Wikipedia:
    Yet more confusion for end user



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    ditto what Apex said.... all the same, quite interesting... and useful

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    Some more info on pci standards here: http://www.pcisig.com/

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    Quote Originally Posted by HKPolice
    Pretty useless since the normal PCI bus provides more than enough bandwidth, but oh well. That's progress.
    Erm...not for gigabit ethernet, RAID controllers etc. There are definately components that can saturate a standard PCI bus.

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