Uses of PCI slots?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by Loa, Jun 14, 2009.

  1. Loa macrumors 65816

    Loa

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    Hello,

    Simple Q: I know these slots can be used for GPUs and sound cards, but what other uses are there?

    Update: I'll update this topic as answers come in:

    -GPUs
    -Sound Cards
    -Expansion cards for USB 2-3, Firewire, eSATA, SATA3
    -TV Tuner cards
    -RAID cards
    -Fibre Optic cards
    -In-Circuit Emulation (ICE) In-Circuit Programming (ICP) controller boards. (Search for JTAG or BSDL)
    -NI-PCI-8254R and NI-PCIe-8255R For NI LabVIEW DIO.
    (Yep, I had the same reaction reading those two... Uhh? hahaha)
    -WLAN cards
    -ISDN cards
    -NICs
    -Hardware encoding cards


    Thanks

    Loa
     
  2. AmpCoder macrumors 6502

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    You can put in expansion slots for USB and Firewire, add TV tuner cards, etc.
     
  3. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

    Tallest Skil

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    Extra ports of all kinds.

    And I mean all kinds. You can get PCIe ExpressCard/34 cards.:rolleyes:

    RAID cards, fiber optic cards... Goes on and on.
     
  4. Tesselator macrumors 601

    Tesselator

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    So, please do... go on I mean... :p

    I'll add two:

    1. In-Circuit Emulation (ICE) In-Circuit Programming (ICP) controller boards. (Search for JTAG or BSDL)
    2. NI-PCI-8254R and NI-PCIe-8255R For NI LabVIEW DIO. :)
     
  5. gugucom macrumors 68020

    gugucom

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    Network adaptors:

    ISDN - cards

    WLAN - cards, not made by Apple but compatible with good MIMO technology and external antennas (Ralink chips)

    USB 3.0 - pretty soon

    eSATA and SATA3
     
  6. Cynicalone macrumors 68040

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    Hmm... I use mine for graphics and RAID right now. I'm hoping when USB 3.0 becomes available I can add that to one.
     
  7. nanofrog macrumors G4

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    :eek: I'm not the only one? :p

    I would have thought you'd list things along the lines of video capture cards. :D
     
  8. Tesselator macrumors 601

    Tesselator

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    I couldn't help it. I was thinking of you and those sentences formed involuntarily. :D
     
  9. iamcheerful macrumors 6502

    iamcheerful

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    pci fan cards to improve circulation if you feel air circulation isn't good enough in a mac pro yet. ;)

    well, due to rather powerful video card options these days, it may make good sense to "waste" one of these slots to ensure sufficient cooling and also, hopefully it allows one to operate at a quiet enough situation.


    p.s. i'm wondering if we will be able to add a 3G or 3.5G card to allow us to surf on the move. just think, an oversized iphone with a 30" LCD ... the mac pro in the car boot or something. Hahaa :D never mind tethering
     
  10. awmazz macrumors 65816

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    +1 on the USB, always the first card to go in for me. Much neater than having an external powered USB hub with messy tangle of cables on the desk (or wherever you put it) and no need for yet another power adapter and occupied wall socket.
     
  11. Dr.Pants macrumors 65816

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    Kind-of along the same lines as WLAN and Fiber-optic... Network Interface Cards, for all sorts of Ethernet speeds. Just a more general term.

    Also, cards that will enable hardware encoding, mainly for video formats such as H.264. Matrox makes one....
     
  12. iamcheerful macrumors 6502

    iamcheerful

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    Question ...

    Is there a card out there which allows one to use the Apple Remote with the Mac Pro? It uses IR, does it mean line-of-sight is a must? Any thoughts and links? :confused:

    TIA!
     
  13. nanofrog macrumors G4

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    :D

    But where's the laundry list of capture cards? :confused: ;) :p
     
  14. CK. macrumors member

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    http://twistedmelon.com/mira/hardware.html

    Not a card, but close enough. :)
     
  15. Tesselator macrumors 601

    Tesselator

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    NewTek gave me a few Video Toasters (worth $9k each) for that. But with firewire and solid-state media these days capture cards aren't nearly of as much use as they used to be. Unless you're still editing on an A-B-Roll system with frame accurate transport servos and machine control (read old school) I can't see a use for these any longer. Maybe for security monitoring or something? <shrug>
     
  16. nanofrog macrumors G4

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    I wasn't sure, and thought they may still have a place in video editing. :eek:

    From what I'm aware of for security systems, it's all gone digital.
     
  17. Syonidism macrumors regular

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    You can also use the Logitech MX revolution mouse for that like me and hey, no peripheral clutter !

    its really neat where you can program the extra buttons for specific programs, and best of all, its mac compatible.
     

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