PCI Express to 4 Slot PCI Expansion System
Add four external PCI expansion card slots to a desktop computer
Product ID: PEX2PCI4
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.
A dependable I/O expansion solution, the Expansion Chassis is backed by StarTech.com's 2-year warranty and free lifetime technical support.
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
Expand an existing system's I/O capabilities without having to purchase an entirely new system.
Ideal for system testers, and engineers who may need to regularly swap out I/O cards.
Add full height cards to a small form factor system.
Provide PCI support to systems with only PCIe slots.
Provide data acquisition, telephony, storage and audio capabilities by having additional I/O expansion slots.
|Bus Type||PCI Express|
|Interface||PCI / PCI-X (5 / 3.3V)|
|Connector Type(s)||1 - PCI Express x1 Male|
|External Ports||4 - PCI / PCI-X (Universal 3.3 & 5V, 32-bit) Slot Female|
|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|
|- Cards may not function properly if their total power consumption exceeds the maximum of 36W|
|- This product has a known compatibility issue with Silicon Image SATA Controllers on an AMD platform|
|Input Voltage||110V-240V AC|
|Output Voltage||12 DC|
|Power Consumption (In Watts)||36|
|Power Source||AC Adapter Included|
|Operating Temperature||0°C ~ 55°C|
|Storage Temperature||-40°C ~ 75°C|
|Enclosure Type||Aluminum and Steel|
|Product Height||142 mm [5.6 in]|
|Product Length||204 mm [8 in]|
|Product Weight||2.4 kg [5.2 lb]|
|Product Width||137 mm [5.4 in]|
|Shipping (Package) Weight||2.4 kg [5.3 lb]|
|What's in the Box|
|Included in Package||1 - PCI Expansion box|
|1 - PCI Express Card|
|1 - 3ft DVI Cable|
|1 - Low Profile Bracket|
|1 - Screw Kit|
|1 - Power Cable|
|1 - 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|
|1 - Installation CD|
|1 - Instruction Manual|
|Internal Depth||17 cm [6.7 in]|
|Internal Length||170.2 mm [6.7 in]|
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Frequently Asked Questions
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
- 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.