PCI SCSI card in a PCI Express slot.........

Discussion in 'Digital Darkroom' started by knobstone, Oct 2, 2009.

  1. Can I run the PCI SCSI card in a PCI Express slot? If not, and I think that is the case, is there a way to make it work? If not,(again!), do they make SCSI cards for PCI Express slots? I looked at the cards on New Egg and couldn't decypher whether they were for Express or not....talked of PCI Ultra. Not the same thing, is it? Lots of questions, I know, and I appreciate any help/advice given. Thanks in advance. Joe
     
  2. PCI and PCI Express aren't compatible.
    As far as SCSI cards for PCIe, yeah, there aren't many by virtue of old parallel SCSI being dead, buried, and half-rotten. I assume you're looking for a SCSI card to get something like an old scanner working? In that case there are a variety of SCSI-FireWire converters that will work with most hardware, and will often be your best bet.
    NewEgg does have two PCIe SCSI adapters which you can find here:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=1193316178&Description=pcie%20scsi&name=1x%2068%20pin%20VHDCI
    Barring either a card or a FireWire converter working, you're pretty much down to digging up an old computer (and in many cases, an old operating system) to keep the hardware kicking.
     
  3. I'm pretty sure my SCSI card is in a pci express slot. My I.T man did it for me, as I needed it installed for my Imacon Precision III scanner on a recently purchased replacement pc tower.
    I already had a SCSI card, but it was PCI as opposed to PCI Express.
    Hope that helps.
     
  4. Type in PCI EXPRESS SCSI on Ebay and just buy a used card for 10 bucks; or a new one for 140.
    PCI and PCI express are different.
    Scsi is quite old; it goes back way before even PCI; there are ISA SCSI cards for PC; 286 etc too.
    It is cheaper to spend 10 bucks on a used PCI express card that buying a used computer to use your old PCI SCSI card.
    SCSI has alot of different connector types; since SCSI has been around for 28 years now.
    Adapters are available; a cable can be pricey sometimes.
    Since SCSI has been round so long there is alot of old good SCSI stuff. Many used SCSI cards from ebay are good and extremely inexpensive. The card needs to be as fast as your scanner; it probably not an issue since PCI Express is rather new; and scanners are slow slugs. A dual CPU pentium II here at 333Mhz and a 4 buck SCSI card is NOT a bottleneck while scanning; the scsi scanners are.
     
  5. What are you trying to actually do? I bought a new Core i7 board 2 weeks ago. It has 2 PCI Express x16 slots for 2 graphics cards, 2 PCI Express 1x slots, and 3 old PCI slots in which you could stick 3 ancient PCI SCSI cards.
     
  6. Walt, I am wanting to connect my LS 30 scanner to my newest pc. The motherboard is an Intel dp965lt . I can't tell for sure from reading the specs whether it has one of the old PCI slots or not, and I don't know how to tell the difference just by looking at them. Thanks. Joe
     
  7. Kelly, thanks for directing me to e***. There seems to be some good prospects there, at reasonable prices. There are at least a couple of Adaptec PCI Express cards that I will be watching, if it turns out that I don't have anything available on this motherboard. Thanks. Joe
     
  8. Google Intel dp965lt and it has 3 old PCI slots; and 2 new PCI express slots; so it looks like you have 3 slots for your old SCSI card; thus a non issue here hardware wise.

    Tigerdirect.com site has an image of your board with everything labeled; ie 3 old PCI in white; 2 new small PCI express in black.

    Download the Intel pdf on your board from intel too; it shows the 3 old PCI and 2 new PCI express.

    A regular SCSI card using the old PCI slot should be just fine; with plenty of bandwidth for a scanner.
     
  9. Walt, I am wanting to connect my LS 30 scanner to my newest pc. The motherboard is an Intel dp965lt . I can't tell for sure from reading the specs whether it has one of the old PCI slots or not, and I don't know how to tell the difference just by looking at them. Thanks. Joe​
    It doesn't matter, just find the slot that it will fit in. Slots and cards have a certain length and notches so they are "keyed" to only fit in a compatible slot.
     
  10. Thanks a lot for the info. I was hoping for a simple switch and I am more hopeful now that it will be so. Joe
     

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