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Thread: PCI express or not?

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    Got a new HP computer about 2 weeks ago, long story short I just wanted to know if the motherboard has a PCI-E already in there or not (most likely not, but still...). I first noticed (when opening it up to put in a crappy fx5200) that there was writing above the 1st PCI port that said PCI Express something something, that got me hyped I also noticed there was no AGP port. anyways, i did some diagnostics, nothing came up until I used ASTRA32, heres a screen. Can anyone tell me if this motherboard has PCI-E??? Thanks.





    Info on the comp:

    Originally:

    ASUSTek Compuet Inc. Goldfish 2 motherboard (never heard of it myself)
    2.8 ghz Intel Pentium 4 HTT
    512 MB Ram DDR (2 sticks of 256)
    onboard 128mb video
    1mb cache
    200gb hard drive

    now its':

    same mobo
    2.8ghz oced to 3.2
    1.5gb ram
    geforce fx5200 128 mb video card
    200gbx2 hard drive.

    i really hope it has a PCI-E that way my cousin can actually play games with decent enough quality (and me too, cuz i visit his house often), if it doesnt then i guess he'll (i will have to for him) have to change his mobo to atleast one that has a AGP slot. Thanks in advance guys.
    Last edited by cpt_azad; 08-16-2005 at 12:05 AM.

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    PCI X is the fastest graphics data transfer! It is the future! PCI X all the way!

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    It has the Intel 915 Northbridge, which is a PCI-Express chip.However, whether it has a PCI-Express x16 slot is a different matter.

    Here's an Asus board with the 915 chip, the PCI-Express x16 slot is the blue one immediately to the right (in this picture) of the standard PCI slots.


    You may have noticed that HP have quite a number of models. If you told us which one it was you would have a far better chance of getting the answer you want.
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    ok, i will find out what model it is (gotta phone up my cousin and ask). will post back, in the meantime ill open the case to match the picture u posted to see if it's the one. thanks for ur quick responses guys

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    ok it's not PCI-X . mobo only has 3 PCI slots, all the same size and all aligned (in the pic you posted lynx, the PCI-X is a bit longer than the other PCI and is slightly off to the right. Thanks anyway guys, but for the moment, you guys know of any motherboards to recommend that atleast has a 8xAGP port but is on the cheaper side? his CPU socket is 775 and has a max OC of 3.8 ghz.

    and also, is there a good easy tutorial avail. that can show me how to transfer all the things i have in the current motherboard (including processor+heatsink) onto another mobo? And i mean everything. I've never done a "full transfer" from mobo to mobo before.
    Last edited by cpt_azad; 08-16-2005 at 02:43 AM.

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    PCI-X and PCI Express are two different things if i remember correctly.


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    Ya PCI Express is newer technology but have made the same mistake myself .

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    Correct, PCI-X is a high-speed extension to the standard PCI bus. Completely different from PCI-E. Not likely to get much uptake except for specialised servers.

    @cpt-azad: there should be a label on the case which tells you the model specification. Probably next to the windows authentication label.

    There is a good chance that the board is the same as the one I've shown, except that the PCI-E slot was never fitted. There is probably just a row of solder holes instead.

    You haven't said what size board the case will take. I suspect there isn't room for a longer board in which case your options are limited, but the cheaper boards are likely to be microAtx form factor anyway.

    Socket 775 boards, $60 or less
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    Just a thought but the board in my sig is very nice.It has on board video as well as a pci express slot.The onboard is better than I thought it would be.Lets me save up for a proper card.Depending on your power supply it may also require an upgrade. http://www.neoseeker.com/Articles/Ha...p5rd1-v/3.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by lynx
    Correct, PCI-X is a high-speed extension to the standard PCI bus. Completely different from PCI-E. Not likely to get much uptake except for specialised servers.
    Yeah thought so, it's just he and others were just using the PCI-X as a shorter name for PCI-Express and it was getting confusing as to what he has and what he didn't.

    @Cpt_rtrd - Why did you buy a HP computer? I would have thought you would want to build one?


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