Passmark PCIe Gen2 Test Card

The PCIe Gen2 Test Card is suitable for troubleshooting and testing PCIe Gen1 and Gen2 slots (Gen3/Gen4 at Gen2 Speed).


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Product number: PM080
Manufacturer: Passmark


The PCIe Test Card is suitable for troubleshooting and testing PCIe Gen1 and Gen2 slots. The PCIe Test Card is also compatible with PCIe Gen3 and Gen4, but the maximum test speed is limited up to Gen 2.


  • Check the transmission speed, stability and voltage of your PCIe slot.
  • Diagnose, troubleshoot, and test your PC's PCIe I/O functionality.
  • For use with compatible Passmark PCIe testing software (included) and BurnIntest (paid).
PCIe Test Card High Quality Construction

High quality construction

An extra thick 100µ" hard gold plating on 150µ" nickel fingers ensures significantly longer durability and a higher mating cycle rating than typical PCIe cards.

Erweiterte PCIe Testfunktionen

Advanced measurement functions

In conjunction with the free PCIe Test application (for Windows) or BurnIn Test Professional (paid for Windows) and BurninTest for Linux, you can run data loopback and benchmark tests.

Benchmark tests use a bus master DMA controller to maximize test transfer speeds between high-speed onboard LSRam and system ram, up to a theoretical maximum speed of 5Gbps per lane.

Monitor the power rails for transient glitches, spikes, or sags in the 1MHz dual-channel oscilloscope mode.


Measure data transfer

Check if data can be sent and received from the port

Check PCIe error rates and transfer speeds (5Gbps per lane, up to 1200Mbps when using x4 Edge) on Windows

Check if your PCIe slots are Gen2 5Gbps or Gen1 2.5Gbps

Fits any length PCIe slot and can test 1 or 4 lanes at PCIe gen2 speeds

Passmark PCIeStress-test

Stress Test

Make sure the system remains stable under long periods of load

Monitor the temperature inside the case

Simultaneously check multiple PCIe slots at the same time


Visual board display

By simply plugging in the card and turning it on, you can quickly verify that the PCIe slot is properly powered via dedicated indicator LEDs for each power pin on the PCIe connector.

Measure the voltage of the PCIe slot power rails (12V, 3.3V and 3.3V Aux) and the 12V and 5V lines directly on the 4-pin Molex or Sata power connector of your PSU .

Power Fail Leds paired with voltage sensing indicate if voltages are outside of PCIe/ATX power specification without software running.


Nein. Obwohl PCIe-Karten in Bezug auf die Software PCI-Legacy-kompatibel sein können, können PCIe-Karten nicht in PCI-Steckplätze eingesetzt werden, da sie unterschiedliche Pin-Konfigurationen haben und die Steckplätze unterschiedlich belegt sind. PCIe-Zusatzkarten müssen neben ihrem PCIe-Edge-Anschluss eine Interferenzlasche enthalten, um ein versehentliches Einsetzen in PCI-Steckplätze zu verhindern.

A PCIe slot looks similar to a PCI slot, however, compared to PCI slots, PCIe slots generally have a lower profile, slightly different key spacing, and are keyed on the opposite end. PCIe slots can range in length from x1 (1 lane) to x32 (32 lanes). See Figure 2 for a side-by-side comparison of a x16 PCIe slot, a x1 PCIe slot, and a PCI slot.

The PCIe test card has a x1 and a x4 border. The x1 Edge can be inserted into any PCIe slot (x1 and higher). The x4 Edge can be inserted into any PCIe slot x4 and higher. PCIe cards cannot be inserted into slots shorter than the length of their edge connectors.

The PCIe test card can be tested in any generation of PCIe slots. The PCIe test card operates at speeds up to gen2.0 (5 Gbit/s per lane). The capabilities of a PCIe connection depend on the highest speed features that both the endpoint and the host can agree on. When the PCIe test card is inserted into a gen2.0 slot, it will run at gen2.0. When inserted into a gen3.0 slot, the card will limit it to gen2.0 performance. If inserted into a gen1.0 slot, it will be limited to gen1.0 performance by the slot.

  • Windows 7, 8, 10 and 2008 Server (in 32bit and 64bit).
  • Linux is also supported.

A 6-pin PCIe cable delivers 75 watts and an 8-pin can deliver 150 watts, so splitting the cable doesn't seem like a good idea. But before we draw that conclusion, let's do some calculations.
The PCI-E connector has 6 pins. They are not all used for power. With a 6-pin connector, pins 1 and 3 are connected to 12V and can each carry 8A of current. Pin 2 is not connected by default, although most PSU manufacturers add a 12V line there. Pins 4 and 6 are common returns. Pin 5 is ground for the sensor. Using 2 lines with standard pins gives 12V*8A*2= 192 watts, so the actual limit is much higher than the artificial limits (75 watts). As of March 2005, Molex pins must be "HCS" rather than "Std", each capable of carrying a maximum of 11 amps. So a properly made 6-pin PCI-e cable can provide 12V*11Amps*3 lines=396 watts of power for the graphics cards. The output cable that comes with the tester consists of plus HCS pins with 16AWG wires and is rated for 13A. So assuming decent quality cables are used and there are only 2 live 12v lines, you can use a splitter with high end dual connector GPUs for short term use. Quality splitters are safe to use when there are three live wires in the power supply cord.

A device driver is required for Windows and Linux. It comes with the maps on a mini CD or can be downloaded. Windows requests the device driver when a card is used for the first time. The installation process is covered in the installation guide.

For Windows 7 and 8 you need a device driver. For Windows 10, using the native inbox driver (Microsoft driver) is recommended.

PCIeTest and BurninTest Professional v8.1.1000 and later will work with any version of the PCIe Test device driver, but using the latest version is recommended.

Yes, you can see the devices in Windows Device Manager. They appear with the label "PassMark PCIe Test Card".

  • Make sure the PCIe test card is properly inserted into the PCIe slot (see Figure 1).
  • Check for PCIe voltages (B1, B2, B3, A2, A3, B8, A9, A10, 3.3V AUX LEDs should be on).
  • Some BIOS implementations allow enabling a power management protocol called Active State Power Management (ASPM) that puts the card in a sleep mode before the operating system is loaded. Make sure Active State Power Management is disabled in BIOS.


  • Green LEDs for each 12V pin (5)
  • Red LED = 12V out of range
  • Green LEDs for each 3.3V pin (3)
  • Red LED = 3.3V out of range
  • Green LED for 3.3V Aux Rail
  • Green LED for 12V power rail (from Molex/SATA connector)
  • Red LED = 12V out of range
  • Green LED for 5V power rail (from Molex/SATA connector)
  • Red LED = 5V out of range


  • Yellow LED = TX activity
  • Green LED = RX activity
  • Red LED = I/O error
  • Orange LED = Sleep
  • Green LED = PCIe Gen2/3
  • Yellow LED = Miscellaneous
  • Green LED = loopback mode
  • Yellow LED = benchmark mode
  • Orange LED = oscilloscope mode

Each power indicator LED corresponds to a power connector on the PCIe edge connector. Each PCIe connector and each PCIe card therefore has five +12V, three +3.3V and one 3.3V AUX contact/pin. (Multiple pins per power rail allow for higher current capacity (1.1A per pin) to meet PCIe power delivery requirements.) Dedicated power pin LEDs indicate if pins in the connector are not making contact or are not providing additional current.< /p>

PCIe slots are required to provide two power rails: +12V and +3.3V. An optional 3.3Vaux rail is often also present.

The 3.3V auxiliary rail is an optional power rail intended to provide low-speed auxiliary signals such as the optional WAKE# signal.

Out of specification voltage measurements are presented to the user in four different ways.

The red "Voltage Fail" LEDs on the top of the PCIe test card will light up automatically when it detects that the 12V PCIe, 3.3V PCIe, 12V Molex or 5V Molex voltage rails are outside of the specified range (see table above). In this application scenario, no communication with the driver or the application PCIeTest.exe is required.

For more detailed voltage data, the PCIeTest.exe application can track the measured minimum and maximum voltages of all inputs, including 3.3 Vaux and temperature, even during benchmark and loopback tests.

You can directly measure the 12V and 3.3V PCIe power rails with an external voltage measurement device such as a multimeter or an oscilloscope. The power rails can be tested by connecting the tool's probe pins to the labeled jumper headers (+12V, +3.3V, and GND) on the PCIe test card.

Finally, with PCIeTest.exe in "voltage mode" the user can monitor up to two voltage rails or real-time temperature. A green band is superimposed on the output graph to indicate if the measured voltage falls within the acceptable range. "Voltage mode" tracks the number of out-of-range spikes detected.

Yes, you can run multiple instances of the PCIeTest application at the same time, but you must ensure that you have opened and configured them all to use the correct PCIe cards before running the first test.

No. The Molex/SATA power supply only needs to be connected if you want to measure the +12V and +5V power supply rails. If there is no connection, assume that the red "Power Fail" and green "Power" LEDs corresponding to these rails are on and off, respectively.

  • Yes, when running the loopback test, the PCIe test application reports the following low-level errors:

Name of ErrorClassification & severityLayer Detected
Receiver ErrorCorrectablePhysical
Bad TLPCorrectableLink
Bad DLLPCorrectableLink
Replay Time-outCorrectableLink
Replay Number RolloverCorrectableLink
Poisoned TLP ReceivedUncorrectable - Non FatalTransaction
ECRC Check FailedUncorrectable - Non FatalTransaction
Unsupported RequestUncorrectable - Non FatalTransaction
Completion Time-outUncorrectable - Non FatalTransaction
Completion AbortUncorrectable - Non FatalTransaction
Unexpected CompletionUncorrectable - Non FatalTransaction
Training ErrorUncorrectable - FatalPhysical
DLL Protocol ErrorUncorrectable - FatalLink
Receiver OverflowUncorrectable - FatalTransaction
Flow Control Protocol ErrorUncorrectable - FatalTransaction
Malformed TLPUncorrectable - FatalTransaction

Based on the severity, the PCIe errors reported by the application are categorized as follows:

Correctable: Errors that may affect performance (like latency, bandwidth), but no data/information is lost and the PCIe connection remains reliable. Such errors are corrected by hardware and no software intervention is required.
Uncorrectable Nonfatal: Faults that do not affect the PCI connection, but data/information will be lost. Nonfatal errors are corrupted transactions that cannot be corrected. However, the PCI probe card continues to function properly and other transactions are unaffected, only specific transactions are affected.
Unrecoverable fatal error: Errors affecting the PCIe connection, i. H. the PCIe connection is no longer reliable and data/information is lost.


This means that a DMA transfer did not complete successfully and timed out.


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Technical Data

Model SpecificationPassmark-PCIe-Test-Card-klein
PCIe Test Card
Product CodePM080
PCIe StandardGen2 and Gen1 (also compatible with Gen3 and Gen4, running at Gen2 speeds)
Plug and playCompliant
Physical connectorx1 and x4 PCIe edge connectors (card can be flipped)
PCIe Transfer modesDMA - Direct memory access
Clock speed166MHz
Device memory96KB of high speed integrated LSRAM
ADC Sample Rate1MHz per channel, dual channel (up to 2 million voltage measurements per second)
No. of Channels2 (up to 2 channels can be measured simultaneously)
No. of Measurement Sources6 (Voltage rails & Temperature)
Voltage Rails Monitored12V PCIe, 3.3V PCIe, 3.3Vaux, 12V PSU, 5V PSU
ADC Resolution12 bits
Dimensions Package dimensions85mm x 45mm x 12mm (3.4 x 1.8 x 0.5 inches) 140mm x 69mm x 20mm (5.5 x 2.7 x 0.8 inches)
Weight12 bits
Top Side
Green LEDs for each 12V pin (5)
Red LED = 12V out of spec'd range
Green LEDs for each 3.3V pin (3)
Red LED = 3.3V out of spec'd range
Green LED for 3.3V aux rail
Green LED for 12V PSU rail (from Molex/SATA connector)
Red LED = 12V out of spec'd range
Green LED for 5V PSU rail (from Molex/SATA connector)
Red LED = 5V out of spec'd range
Bottom Side
Yellow LED = TX Activity
Green LED = RX Activity
Red LED = I/O Error
Orange LED = Sleep
Green LED = PCIe Gen2/3
Yellow LED = Misc
Green LED = Loopback Mode
Yellow LED = Benchmark Mode
Orange LED = Oscilloscope Mode
EMC standardsAS/NZS 3548:1995, EC.
Storage Temperature-30 ºC to 80 ºC
Usage Temperature0 ºC to 70ºC
Max speed5 Gbits/sec per lane
Model numberPMPCIE02
RoHS (Lead free)Yes
C-Tick Compliance TestedYes

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