Monday, September 3, 2012

Multi-Monitor Tips and Tricks: Compare PCI and PCI Express slots for Multiple Monitor upgrade!

Sometime in wanting to upgrade our current computer to a Multi-Monitor, Dual, Triple, or Quad, SUPER PC we ask ourselves, "Can my computer actually be upgraded to a Multiple Monitor SUPER PC to stream live video , day or forex trade, edit Adobe video, edit CAD drawings  ?" The answer is typically, Yes! The most important thing you need to know is either how to find the service or asset tag on your current DELL, IBM, HP, or a home built PC. Once thit has been done, you need to be able to know how to identify what expansion slots you have available on your current motherboard. Do you know how to tell which slots you have available? See the Picture below to identify the most common PCI express connectors you're libel to run into when upgrading your current computer into a Multi-Monitor SUPER PCWikipedia states, "A PCIe card fits into a slot of its physical size or larger (maximum ×16), but may not fit into a smaller PCIe slot (×16 in a ×8 slot). Some slots use open-ended sockets to permit physically longer cards and negotiate the best available electrical connection. The number of lanes actually connected to a slot may also be less than the number supported by the physical slot size. An example is a ×8 slot that actually only runs at ×1. These slots allow any ×1, ×2, ×4 or ×8 card, though only running at ×1 speed. This type of socket is called a ×8 (×1 mode) slot, meaning it physically accepts up to ×8 cards but only runs at ×1 speed. This is also sometimes specified as "×size (@×capacity)" (for example, "×16(@×8)"). The advantage is that it can accommodate a larger range of PCIe cards without requiring motherboard hardware to support the full transfer rate. This keeps design and implementation costs down."

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