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StarTech PCI Express to PCI Adapter Card Model PEX1PCI1

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  • Install half-height/low profile PCI interface cards in a standard PCI Express expansion slot
  • PCI Express to PCI Adapter card
  • PCI Express to PCI Converter
  • PCIe to PCI Adapter
  • PCIe to PCI or PCI-X with LP4 Power Connector
  • PCIe x1 to PCI Slot Adapter
  • PCIe to PCI

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This PCIe to PCI Adapter Card lets you use low profile PCI expansion cards in a server or desktop motherboard PCI Express slot. Compliant with PCI Express Specification 1.0a and PCI Specification 2.2, the adapter card connects through a PCIe 1x slot to provide a low profile PCI slot in its place. A spare full size bracket for PCI Express card is also included for use in larger desktop or server PCI Express slots.

A versatile solution, the adapter card converts PCIe to PCI or PCI-X; a built-on LP4 power connector links the card to the computer power supply, allowing you to install universal voltage PCI cards (3.3V/5V).The adapter card offers an economical solution that lets you extend the usability of older or extra PCI Bus cards in newer PCIe capable systems.

To ensure suitable installation in any low profile server or desktop computer, the PCIe/PCI adapter features an innovative bracket design that adapts and secures the low profile PCI or PCI-X card into the converted slot.

  • newegg PCI Slot The StarTech PEX1PCI1 delivers a PCI slot so you can easily install your old PCI card into your PC without changing the motherboard!
  • newegg PCI Express Interface The PCI Express interface effectively quadruples the amount of available computing bandwidth for faster music downloads, smoother streaming video, and lightning-fast access to mass-storage devices.

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
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Ownership: more than 1 year
Verified Owner
4/ 5
Runs my X-fi perfect, but broke the drivers. EDIT 2018: A little fragile

Pros: - Adapter was purchased to migrate my X-Fi to my new PCIe only motherboard. Not all parts to the new motherboard came today but I tried the adapter anyway on one of my PCIe slots.
- Windows detected the sound card right away on the next boot.

Cons: Be careful migrating a Creative Labs sound card, as the built-in utilities didn't work with the card on the first boot. If converting an already installed card, consider uninstalling the drivers first, shutting down your computer, then installing the adapter.
EDIT 2018: This card is a little fragile, and sometimes it takes just a little bump to make the attached card not work.

Other Thoughts: Not taking away any eggs as I believe the issue was in the audio driver and not the PCI-to-PCI bridge. Card is happily blasting out of all 6 speakers as I write.
EDIT 2018: Took away 1 egg because the stack of cards is a bit fragile.

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Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Did exactly what I hoped

Pros: I had an old M-Audio Delta-44 audio recording interface board that required a PCI interface, and just upgraded my computer with a motherboard that had only PCI-Express slots. I was VERY skeptical that this kind of solution would work but since there's nothing in the market that could replace my old Delta-44 at an affordable price, I decided to give it a shot. For my application, at least, it works flawlessly, and I would not hesitate to try it for other obsolete, irreplaceable components. Aside from the electronic uncertainties, I was concerned about how it was going to allow the old board to fit. I have to admit it took a bit of fiddling, but it comes with two adapter brackets. I was going to describe the process under 'cons', but I really think that would be unfair because one has to expect to expend SOME ingenuity to make something like this happen, so I'll elaborate a bit under 'other'.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: If you're considering one of these, then you probably know the mechanical environment: raising the original PCI board an additional inch or so above the motherboard introduces a corresponding offset in where the support bracket is going to screw into the back of your computer case -- no way around that. The unit ships with an extender for the 'inside' of the bracket - that is, were it slides in behind the motherboard, but that still leaves the end with the 90-degree bend off by a corresponding amount. With a shallow card, it would probably be possible to replace the bracket with one for a low-profile installation, or even just cut and bend the end, but the Delta-44 is a large card, and that wasn't going to work. The adapter also includes a full length bracket that is cut away where the I/O connects on the back (this might not fit all cards, but it worked for mine. It screws into the adapter board, and lays right over the original bracket perfectly (it's offset appropriately to fit right). This still left the original bracket extending beyond the end of the space where the bracket normally screws in. It also leaves the card supported only by the PCI slot, which may or may not be a problem, but I wasn't comfortable with it. My solution was to CAREFULLY cut off the original Delta bracket to where it just fit the 'overlay' bracket (using a Dremel cut-off wheel), then drill a couple of tiny holes and secure it with two small sheet metal screws. If that makes you squeamish, then this might not be a good solution for you, but it was really quite easy and didn't take me more than 10 minutes or so. As stated ion the beginning - works perfectly.

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Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
Verified Owner
4/ 5
It worked.

Pros: It worked. No drivers needed. Fits well.

Cons: Not bus powered. I don't like the molex connector just hanging there. I connected the cards using a ribbon cable so the bracket for the riser card just has a hole in it.

Other Thoughts: I used this with my old M-Audio Delta 1010LT audio card. I switched to an ITX mobo with only one PCI-e x16 slot. I used the only two brackets I had in the case. I used one to mount the audio card and the other to mount the adapter. After connecting the cards with a ribbon cable Windows 7 recognized the audio card and the drivers installed without a problem. All my DAWs seem to play nice with it so far.

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Ownership: less than 1 day
Verified Owner
1/ 5
Doesn't work

Pros: Good concept. I am sure this is a life saver if it works but....

Cons: Didn't work, at least not for me. Have an Asus X99 Rampage V. Have my old PCI Claro Halo card and connected it to the motherboard. Windows 7 recognized it, I installed the drivers but the sound was very choppy. It lasted for 10 seconds and then the sound just gave out. I rebooted and got it back but it was an endless cycle, got choppy and eventually gave out.

Other Thoughts: You're taking a gamble on this. PCI cards, especially on motherboards which do not natively support them were never QA'd for them. Good thing is that this adapter has a standard return policy so I should be able to return it. Hope the rest of you have better luck than I did. :)

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Manufacturer Response:
Dear Randy,

We wanted to reach out to you and apologize for the experience you had with our adapter card.

Our PEX1PCI1 essentially functions as a bridge adapter between the PCI card and PCI Express expansion slot. Perhaps the issue you are experiencing is related to the sound card you were installing, or the drivers for that device? If at all possible, is there another computer with a free PCI slot that you can try installing the card into for testing purposes?

Additionally, we recommend ensuring the 4-pin Molex power connector is connected properly to an available Molex plug on your power supply.

If you have not yet returned the card, you can feel free to contact us and reference case number 303-210659; we would be happy to help troubleshoot your issue.

You can also respond here and we will be sure to follow up with you!

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http://www.startech.com/techsupport
Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
Verified Owner
1/ 5
Does not work

Pros: Looks great in the add!

Cons: Does not work with any card i plug into it! No manual, no disc no documentation what so ever. Nothing to say if you need or don't need drivers. No way to know what is compatible with it.. I would not waste my time with this device!

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Manufacturer Response:
Hello David,

Thank you for taking the time to leave feedback on our PEX1PCI1. We apologize for the issue you experienced, and we would like to help resolve it.

Our PEX1PCI1 will not require drivers to function, as it only acts as a bridge adapter for the PCI card. If you are not getting any functionality with the PCI cards you are using in this adapter, we recommend ensuring the Molex power connector for our card is connected to a Molex connector from your computers power supply.

Also, if possible we recommend trying the PCI cards in another PCI slot, just to verify the cards are functioning normally.

We apologize if you did not receive a manual with this adapter, as a manual should have been included, indicating both the installation steps and the power connector requirement. You can find the manual on our product page here: http://www.startech.com/PEX1PCI1#dnlds.

If your card is still not working, this product does come with a 2-year warranty and we would be happy to replace it for you if it is faulty. Feel free to contact us and reference case number 303-206934.

You can also respond here and we will be sure to follow up!

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StarTech.com
https://www.startech.com/techsupport
Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
Verified Owner
4/ 5
Works as expected

Pros: Works.

Cons: I had to modify my chassis (cut into it) to make my card fit but that's not StarTech's fault.

Other Thoughts: I would've given this five stars because it works but a couple years back I ordered one and it was DOA. oh well.

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Ownership: less than 1 day
Verified Owner
1/ 5
Poor quality control

Pros: As advertised it is an adapter.

Cons: DOA on arrival, capacitor not soldered to board, I hadn't noticed it was missing initially and proceeded to install my HT Claro XT with an adapter for the support bracket. After plugging in the power and starting the system all I hear is a pop and now I have a dead $250 Claro, Thank you Startech.

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Ownership: less than 1 day
Verified Owner
1/ 5
Didn't work :(

Pros: Would be awesome, if it had more power options.

Cons: I tried to use this as a birdge between a PCI sound card and a PCI-e 1x on my motherboard. The bridge didn't have the power the keep it's self going when sound would be playing thru the card. Too bad, have to find PCI-e sound card now.

Other Thoughts: I hear it works well for RAID controllers?

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