Need advice on PCI connectors for a SATA controller card

miketimberlake

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Feb 24, 2014
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Hi,

Although I'm not inexperienced with hardware installation, I'm a bit confused about PCI slots today.

I have this GA-H61N-D2V motherboard in my Linux server:

http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=4214#ov

and I want to replace the SATA controller card with a better one, with 4 internal SATA connectors. However, all the 4x SATA cards I see locally have 2 notches in the PCI connector, but my MB connector has only 1.

eg:

http://allegro.pl/kontroler-pci-4x-sata-z-raid-silicon-bios-i4001950143.html

I've come to understand that I have 32 bit PCI, whereas the card shown above is 64 bit. Is this correct?

Would I be right to say that a card like the above will not work in my system? If not, are there any available that will? The motherboard, although low-end is fairly new, so I'm surprised to find myself in this situation.

I should also add that I don't use RAID in this system, and actually disk performance speed is not an issue, as although the server currently has 5 drives installed, and I hope to increase this to 7, the server is almost never under heavy load.
 

miketimberlake

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Ahhh, now I get it. The 2 slots in the cards allow them to be installed in either 3.3 volt or 5 volt slots, so they'll work fine in my system, which has one slot nearest the back end of the card :)
 

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