PCIe x1 slot obscured by graphics card

  CurlyWhirly 08:40 05 Jun 2011

I have just bought a 120 GB SDD drive which runs at it's full potential in SATA 3 mode.

Unfortunately my motherboard is only SATA 2.

I want to buy one of these but I can't fit it in my motherboard because my graphics card obscures the slot.

See here

The graphics card takes up the space highlighted in red and the PCIe x1 slot I want to use is the small yellow slot.

Any way round this problem?


  citadel 08:50 05 Jun 2011

it will work in the white slots if its like other pci cards

  canarieslover 08:50 05 Jun 2011

Alternative that uses PCI slot. link text

  CurlyWhirly 09:19 05 Jun 2011

citadel It will work in the white slots if it's like other PCI cards

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The connectors are too small for the PCI slots surely or would they still work ?

Also PCI Express is much faster than the legacy PCI interface, would usimg them not slow down the controller card ?

  CurlyWhirly 09:23 05 Jun 2011

canarieslover:Alternative that uses PCI slot

Yes but it is mainly for RAID and I would like to get the full potential from my SSD by upgrading from the SATA 2 standard to SATA 3.

Also it isn't compatible with Windows 7 :(

Thanks anyway though ;)

  CurlyWhirly 10:24 05 Jun 2011

Beta - I'm not sure if I have to use a PCIe x1 controller card.

I was hoping that there would be an alternative that plugs into the SATA interface but can't find one and so it looks like I will have to make do with what I've got !


  retep888™ 12:11 05 Jun 2011

re citadel
it will work in the white slots if its like other pci cards

No, it won't. The connection interface is different.

However if your motherboard has a 2nd pci-e 16x slot ,you can put the adapter card in there though it'll work as the default speed of the adapter card i.e. x1.

Unfortunately it looks like your motherboard hasn't got this facility and the only option is as ßeta suggested.

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