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New Computer/No PCI Slots/PCI to PCI-E Adapter

Discussion in 'Recording' started by Dozer, Sep 27, 2008.

  1. Dozer

    Dozer Active Member

    I have a Emu 1820M.
    Just got a new computer.
    HP m8530f Quad Core AMD Phenom X4 9550, 5Gigs RAM.
    Memory Speed of 800Mhz
    However, the HP m8530f has no PCI slots,
    only PCI-Express(PCI-E) slots.

    There is a PCI-E to PCI adapter availuable.

    It has been successfully used for the UAD PCI card. Someone also had the issue with their computer not haveing an availuable PCI slot. This can be seen in this Forum Thread.
    http://www.gearslutz.com/board/music-computers/122120-company-offers-pci-pcie-adapter.html

    Here is an adapter for purchase that was used in the UAD PCI example.
    http://www.virtuavia.eu/shop/pci-express-to-pci-adapter-p29855.html

    WHAT DO YOU GUYS THINK???

    Otherwise I will have to return the computer and downgrade to a Gateway GT5694 Quad Core, each operating at 1.8Ghz, with 4Gigs RAM.
    Memory Speed of 667Mhz. Which does have the PCI slots.
     
  2. pr0gr4m

    pr0gr4m Well-Known Member

    I think downgrading just for PCI compatiblity is a mistake. PCI is already a couple years old and most new cards (UAD2 included ) are PCI express.

    I say go with the PCI-PCIe adapter.

    5Gigs of RAM???
     
  3. Boswell

    Boswell Moderator Distinguished Member

    Using a PCIe to PCI-X adaptor is a practical solution in some circumstances.

    HOWEVER, to use that particular adaptor, your PCI card must be low-profile and not standard-height, so this will rule out using it with most audio interfaces, inluding your EMU 1820M.

    Your choice is to get a computer with PCI-X slots or to get a new PCIe soundcard.
     

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