Pros: Makes an x16 graphics card work in an x1 slot. I now have FOUR monitors on my Win7 machine that only has one x16 slot!
Cons: Adds too much height to use the full-height card and still fit in many cases or secure it normally. Adds too LITTLE height to use a half-height card and attach it where a normal height card normally would attach (two of them in series might work for this, but it's a little pricey for that).
Other Thoughts: My case is large enough that I was able to use a half-height video card (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127454&cm_re=nvidia_210_msi-_-14-127-454-_-Product) with the full-height bracket on it, and by inserting exactly 3 motherboard risers (of the appropriate screw type, of course) into the spot where the mounting screw normally attaches, I was able to screw in the video card securely enough to use (screwing it into the motherboard risers). In order to accomplish this, you need a case with at least that much extra clearance above the card slots. I used the second half-height bracket that came with the card for the secondary VGA connection and attached that in the neighboring slot (with just the top screw).
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“Makes an x16 graphics card work in an x1 slot. I now have FOUR monitors on my Win7 machine that only has one x16 slot!”— James 3/10/2010