Question If you can't wait for PCIe 5.0 drives, this is for you


Cases and Cooling Mod PC Gaming Mod Elite Member
Super Moderator
Sep 28, 2005
wish we had more then 24x pci-e lanes on a non HEDT. :eek:

1. card looks like it requires a full 16x, might even require bifurcation.
2. would mean it would not work on 90% of the boards as you only get 1 full 16x slot, and usually its populated by a GPU.
3. even then, that card looks enterprise based, its OWC so its aimed at apple users, meaning its designed for a mac pro, or a workstation class / HEDT / Expensive as heck class.

So do not expect this card to fit in slot and work magically as intended without extensive research.


Diamond Member
Jul 27, 2020
This is what the reviewer used:

Motherboard: ASUS ROG Crosshair Hero VIII Wi-Fi
CPU: AMD Ryzen 9 5900X
Cooler: Alphacool Eissturm Hurricane Copper 45
RAM: Corsair Dominator Platinum RGB 32GB (2x16GB) DDR4 4000
Video Card: GIGABYTE GeForce RTX 2070 WINDFORCE 8G
Case: PrimoChill's Praxis Wetbench
Power Supply: Corsair AX1000
OS: Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64-bit

Billy Tallis

Senior member
Aug 4, 2015
card looks like it requires a full 16x, might even require bifurcation.
As mentioned throughout the review, it's using a PCIe switch (a Broadcom PEX switch), as any 8x M.2 riser card must. That means it doesn't need bifurcation support and will work with any number of PCIe lanes for the uplink to the host system. Since it has a 6-pin PCIe power connector, it probably doesn't need to draw much power from the slot itself, so there should be nothing stopping it from working in an x4 or narrower slot as long as the slot can mechanically accommodate an x16 card.