IO Port Cards Archive

Guide to the Best PCIe 4.0 Riser Cables (Updated for 2022)

Over the last several years, PC cases have undergone a number of changes. Go back to 2010, and most cases were big and fat. They were designed to accommodate optical drives and 3.5-inch HDDs. But a lot has changed in the past decade. For one thing, optical drives have become less and less common. Hardly anyone is using their desktop computer to play CDs, DVDs, …

Guide to the Best PCIe Serial Port (Adapter) Cards

Very few interfaces have the rich, varied history of the serial port. They get there name from the way they transfer data. Just a single bit at a time, in a series. Serial technology laid the foundation for our modern communication protocols. USB stands for Universal Serial Bus. SATA stands for Serial ATA, which stands for Serial AT Attachment, which (strangely enough) stands for Serial …

Best PCIe Parallel Adapter Cards

The Parallel port, or as you may know it the “printer port,” was in use with computers as early as 1981. The port remained in use all the way until 1996 when it was superseded by the USB standard. If you were using computers in the 90s, you’ll quickly recognize its massive 25 pin socket. The port was widely used as it was very inexpensive …

Best PCIe RAID Controller Cards (2022 Updated)

If you’re looking to expand the capabilities of your computer, RAID is a very powerful platform that can be utilized. There are three main benefits to using a RAID system. First, you’ll be able to add and maintain more storage space. Second, you can improve the performance of your hard drives or solid state disks well beyond what’s possible with a single disk system. Lastly, …