PCI to PCI-E Adapter for older computers
wanting USB 3.0 and faster memory card reading.
This page is about my couple of year old PC that I needed a newer card reader for SDHC cards. The old card reader could only read up to a 2Gb memory card.
PIC to PCI-e adapter. This is sold as an adapter to put a PCI-E video card in just a PCI computer. Really, unless you are a real computer gamer you can get more use out of this adapter to get 3 new USB 3.0 connectors and a really fast memory card reader.
FYI, my office PC (Iím on the third motherboard) now has a AMD X6 running Win 7 x64 with 8Gb. My virtual memory is set to 2Gb max. Reason it was sold cheap on E-Bay, it didnít have a PCI-E slot. At the time, no big deal. I now need a new memory card reader that could read SDHC cards. My older one could only read 2 gb. So I decided I might as well go with USB 3.0 too. Uspeed sells two card readers/USB 3.0 floppy drive slot kits. One had a plug going to a MB USB 3.0 plug. Their other uses a PCI-E connector. This is the one that should interest you. Since I had no PCI-E slot on my MB I found a PCI to PCI-E riser card from StarTech.com. I found one on NewEgg for under $40. Very small that will allow a half height PCI-E card to be added above it in the same slot. Usually for a PCI-E video card.
I just needed a PCI-E to plug in the small wire to run from the USB 3.0 Upgrade Kit I just bought and get near USB 3.0 speed but killer fast memory card reader. The USpeed kit was some $43. (Amazon
Darn if the riser kit works fine and the USB 3.0 plugs right into the riser.
The PCI to PCI-E has two slot brackets, I put in the full height slot holder, but it still had a cutout for a video car on top of it.. At least it locks the card in the slot.
The PCI adapter, PCI-E plug from the USpeed card next to my video card. Note another empty PCI slot.
In order to use this adapter card and the USpeed PCI-E you need to remove the cover that also had the slot bracket. I guess you can open the PCI-E holder and unscrew the bracket and put the plastic cover back on.
Shot of the cover I removed to it would fit in the PCI adapter. Since there is no half-height slot bracket from USpeed, I just unscrewed the the cover.
Now, a PCI slot can only work so fast so pluging in a PCI-E to that slot will not give you the 650Mb speeds but after installing the card reader I noticed a big difference in reading memory cards.
I copied 1.4Gb files from a hard drive to a USB 2.0 external drive in the new USB 3.0. It took 90 seconds. I can open a 55Mb PDF file instantly, no delay. I can see my USB sticks and HD open faster, so it was worth it.
I have one of the USpeed 3.0 readers in my home PC, but it has a PCI-E slot on the MB. That unit works just as nice and fast.