What to do with those extra PCI ports?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by daveIT, Nov 21, 2006.

  1. macrumors member

    Oct 25, 2006
    AK, USA
    I seem to have everything I need...what are all the extra PCI slots for? Sound card? Maybe a PhysX card in the future? What did you add in there?
  2. macrumors 6502

    Apr 24, 2006
    They're good for second (or third, or fourth) graphics cards, audio interface cards, video capture cards, RAID controllers, SCSI controllers, extra SATA, External SATA... the list goes on and on...
  3. macrumors regular

    Mar 7, 2006
    When I get a new mac pro, I plan on buying an extra USB 2 pci express card so I have more ports. Down the road I am sure ill get an eSATA card also and maybe a extra video card for a 3rd monitor. That fills all the slots up right there.
  4. macrumors G5

    Sun Baked

    May 19, 2002
    All the newfangled IO that will be out on the market that make your machine look old in the future.

    In the old PPC days, this was basically how Apple kept up their old chipsets -- they just added IO to the machine via PCI (and how the currently adds FW to the MacBooks/iMac/Mini/etc.)

    Or you can add 3 other video cards, then buy an 8 screen display.

  5. macrumors regular


    Nov 10, 2006
    Los Angeles
    i currently have an SIIG Firewire 800 card and an ATTO UL5D SCSI controller card. i do audio, these are godsend.

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