PCI Express to 4 Slot PCI Expansion System

Add four external PCI expansion card slots to a desktop computer

Product ID: PEX2PCI4

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  • Add an additional 4 PCI slots (32-bit/33 MHz), using PCI Express
  • Rugged steel construction
  • Supports both 5V and 3.3V & 5V add-in PCI cards
Your price
€418,99 EUR excl. VAT
€523,74 EUR incl. VAT

StarTech.com's innovative PCI Express to PCI Expansion Chassis provides a quick and simple solution to I/O expandability on almost any PCI Express (PCIe) enabled system. Adding external PCI slots to a server/workstation or laptop, this cost-effective and time-saving method of simply adding additional PCI cards to a server/workstation or providing a platform to be able to swap PCI add-in cards between a mobile and desktop setup is the optimal method of maximizing the I/O capabilities of new or existing systems.

The external expansion chassis adds four PCI slots (32-bit/33MHz) to the host computer system, through a single PCI Express connection. Providing total bandwidth of up to 250MBps from the x1 PCIe host controller card, which allows the host computer to function as though the cards in the expansion chassis were connected directly to the motherboard. The PCIe controller card connects directly to the PCI Expansion box with an included DVI cable for a reliable, high quality connection.

A dependable I/O expansion solution, the Expansion Chassis is backed by StarTech.com's 2-year warranty and free lifetime technical support.

Applications

  • Ideal for system testers, and engineers who may need to regularly swap out I/O cards.
  • Expand an existing system's I/O capabilities without having to purchase an entirely new system.
  • Provide data acquisition, telephony, storage and audio capabilities by having additional I/O expansion slots.
  • Provide PCI support to systems with only PCIe slots.
  • Add full height cards to a small form factor system.

The StarTech.com Advantage

  • Convert a single PCI Express slot to four additional external PCI slots without any driver or software installation required
  • External expansion enclosure simplifies swapping PCI cards, without ever having to move or take apart the main desktop/server
  • Backed by a StarTech.com 2-year warranty and free lifetime technical support

Partner Numbers

  • Ingram DK V931128
  • UPC 065030825184

Compatibility

  • OS Independent logo
OS Independent; No additional drivers or software required

Specifications

Warranty Information Warranty 2 Years
Internal Depth 17.0 cm [6.7 in]
Internal Length 17.0 cm [6.7 in]
Connector(s) 1 - Connector Type(s) PCI Express x1
4 - External Ports PCI / PCI-X (Universal 3.3 & 5V, 32-bit) Slot
Environmental Operating Temperature 0°C ~ 55°C
Storage Temperature -40°C ~ 75°C
Hardware Interface PCI / PCI-X (5 / 3.3V)
Bus Type PCI Express
Packaging Information Package Length 24.5 cm [9.6 in]
Package Width 20.0 cm [7.9 in]
Package Height 21.0 cm [8.3 in]
Shipping (Package) Weight 2.4 kg [5.3 lb]
Performance MTBF 143,947 Hours
Physical Characteristics Color Black
Material Aluminum and Steel
Product Length 20.4 cm [8.0 in]
Product Width 13.7 cm [5.4 in]
Product Height 14.2 cm [5.6 in]
Weight of Product 2.4 kg [5.2 lb]
Power Power Source AC Adapter Included
Input Voltage 100 - 240 AC
Output Voltage 12V DC
Output Current 3A
Plug Type M
Power Consumption (In Watts) 36
Software OS Compatibility OS Independent; No additional drivers or software required
Special Notes / Requirements Note - Supports 32-bit PCI cards less than 6.7” in length; 64-bit PCI 12.28” cards (full-length) are not supported
- The chassis provides up to 5V @ 3A, 3.3V @ 4.5A, or a combined total of 15 Watts
- This product has a known compatibility issue with Silicon Image SATA Controllers on an AMD platform
What's in the Box 1 - Included in Package PCI Expansion box
PCI Express Card
3ft DVI Cable
Low Profile Bracket
Screw Kit
Power Cable
Universal power adapter: comes ready for NA/EU/UK only when you buy in NA/EU/UK; comes ready for Australia and New Zealand only when you buy in Australia and New Zealand
Installation CD
Instruction Manual

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Frequently Asked Questions

How To

To confirm that Windows detects your expansion card, complete the following:

  1. Press the Windows key+R, type devmgmt.msc, and press Enter.
  2. In Device Manager, under the appropriate heading, confirm that your expansion card is listed and that there isn't an exclamation mark next to it.  For example, a USB controller card would be under Universal Serial Bus controllers.

Your expansion card is listed according to the name of the chipset. To determine the name of the chipset of your expansion card, navigate to www.StarTech.com and look on the Technical Specifications tab for your product.

To confirm that the Mac OS detects your expansion card, complete the following:

  1. Click the Apple icon.
  2. Click About This Mac.
  3. Click More Info or System Report.
  4. Under the appropriate heading, confirm that your expansion card is listed and that there isn't an error. For example, a network card would be under Ethernet Cards.

Your expansion card is listed according to the name of the chipset. To determine the name of the chipset of your expansion card, navigate to www.StarTech.com and look on the Technical Specifications tab for your product.

Before You Buy

No, you cannot get the full speed of PCI from each slot. PCI operates at a maximum speed of 266 MBps at 66 MHz or 133 MBps at 33 MHz. This enclosure features a PCI Express (PCIe) x1 slot (v. 1.0) that operates at 250 MBps.

The available bandwidth from the PCIe bus is split equally between the PCI slots, regardless of whether or not a card is inserted into each slot. The PCIe bus provides speeds up to 62.5 MB/sec per slot. This speed is sufficient for many PCI cards, but may impact the performance of higher-speed cards (for example, USB 3.0 PCI cards). 

Compliance and safety

Compliance letters

  • RoHS
    • Language: English
  • WEEE
    • Language: English

Safety Measures

  • If product has an exposed circuit board, do not touch the product under power.
  • If Class 1 Laser Product. Laser radiation is present when the system is open.
  • Wiring terminations should not be made with the product and/or electric lines under power.
  • Product installation and/or mounting should be completed by a certified professional as per the local safety and building code guidelines.
  • Cables (including power and charging cables) should be placed and routed to avoid creating electric, tripping or safety hazards.
*Product appearance and specifications are subject to change without notice.

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