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Old 12-30-2005, 11:26 PM   #1
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Ok, so I havn't really been keeping up with the new technology, what is the difference between a PCI slot and a PCI expansion slot? Does this also mean that the PCI cards i have will not work in these slots and are then completely usless on a motherboard with those slots?
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Old 12-30-2005, 11:42 PM   #2
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A PCI slot and a PCI expansion slot are the same thing.

A PCI EXPRESS slot, however, is different. Basically it's the latest technology for Graphics Cards, besting AGP 8x by double. It has a new pin configuration, so your old PCI Cards will not work in it.

You can get a nice little introduction here --> https://www.pcstats.com/articleview.cfm?articleID=1087
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Are the PCI expansion slots the little one inch long things i see when i look at a mobo where there are usually full length pci slots? And if so, how would my normal PCI card fit in it?
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Actually, PCI-Express has yet to best AGP8x as AGP8x still hasn't been fully utilitized.

PCI slots are 32-bit connectors that can accept a very wide range of expansion cards: video, sound, scanner, IDE, SCSI, parallel, etc. Only one card can be inserted into a slot and your only limitation is the number of slots actually available.

What you describe sounds like a PCI-Express 4x or 8x slot.
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