How to install an Asus PIKE 2008 card

  As a non-standard PCI-Express card, the Asus PIKE card involves a slightly different installation procedure.   asus-pike-card-01   The PIKE slot sits on either side of a gap in the motherboard:   asus-pike-slot   You’re definitely not going to mistake it for a regular PCI-Express slot. The card only goes in one way, with the heatsink facing the PCI slots; it can be a little hard to get in sometimes as it needs to be inserted from almost directly above.   asus-p9d-e4l-pike-card-in   Motherboard-side view:   asus-pike-installation-03   The card is secured on either end; on the side closest to the SAS/SATA ports, it hooks under a latch on the slot:   romantic days out near me   Here you can see the metal part of the PIKE card latching underneath the slot’s edge. You can also see how close other board components often are to this end! The other end sits over one of the motherboard mounting holes:   Don’t install the card without taking this screw out first, otherwise you’ll be taking it out and starting over. Now the card will activate the SAS/SATA ports next to it:   are there any hookup apps that work   Easy done! Taking the card back out can be a little challenging with the metal clip on the side where the ports are, particularly if you have PCI cards still installed while you try to remove it (e.g. when the motherboard is still in the chassis). On the topic of removing the card while the motherboard is still in the chassis – as the card is quite short and the insertion pressure is reasonable so it’s quite difficult to remove in the chassis if there’s not a lot of space on both sides. A better idea is usually to take the motherboard out in these cases to minimise the risk of damage to the card or other board components.   You can buy the Asus PIKE 2008 card from    

Asus P9D-E/4L – Clearance between PIKE and PCI slots

  One potential caveat of utilising the PIKE slot is that there is minimal clearance between the PIKE card heatsink and the nearest PCI slot; once the card is installed;   asus-pike-installation-03   Mere millimeters! A top view:   asus-pike-installation-04   This poses two problems. Firstly, not many PCI cards have low enough clearance to actually fit! We tried to fit a number of cards – NICs, USB cards and serial port cards – and the vast majority were unusable due to the low clearance. We did have success with an Astrotek USB 2.0 expansion card – just.   Secondly, if you do have a card that has short enough components that it doesn’t hit the PIKE card you will significantly reduce the amount of airflow available to the PIKE card. Depending on how your case is set up for airflow, this may be cause for concern.   Given that this board has plenty of PCI-E expansion and a second PCI slot, this is unlikely to be a significant issue for most people – but it is worth knowing about in case you do intend on using both PCI slots and the PIKE slot at once.