Items tagged with PCI-Express

If you’re in Hannover, Germany next week for the CeBit conference, pop on over to OCZ’s booth and sign up to be a beta tester for the company’s new ZD-XL SQL Accelerator, a combination hardware and software tool that allows database administrators to optimally manage data cached to SSD storage. OCZ is actively looking for beta testers who are willing to operate under NDA, so get in line to sample the good stuff. The ZD-XL SQL Accelerator isn’t the only enterprise product OCZ brought along to show off, though. There’s also VXL 1.3 Virtualization Software and LXL Acceleration... Read more...
PCI-SIG, the organization in charge of maintaining and developing PCI-Express, has announced that the third version of the PCIe standard is finished and ready for implementation. The new standard is fully compatible with earlier PCIe cards; a Gen 1 or Gen 2 card will run perfectly in a PCIe 3.0 slot. Just as PCIe Gen 2 offered double the performance of Gen 1, Gen 3 again offers twice the performance of Gen 2 (8GT/s). Unlike Gen 2, however, Gen 3 incorporates a number of additional changes to improve its efficiency. PCIe 1.1 and 2.0 both use an 8b/10b encoding scheme. This means that 8-bit words... Read more...
OCZ unveiled the Z-Drive, a PCI-Express Solid State Drive (SSD) today. The new Z-Drive is an all-in-one high performance plug-and-play bootable PCI-E SSD that provides a cost-effective means for enterprise customers to take advantage of solid state drive technology. The Z-Drive is designed to significantly reduce both the maintenance and overall TCO for clients.The Z-Drive builds on OCZ's expertise in flash-based storage. This proprietary SSD employs a high-speed PCI-Express architecture in combination with a compact enterprise-grade RAID array to eliminate the SATA bottleneck. Thanks to eight... Read more...
Many companies and haven risen to challenge the almighty sound-card maker that we all know as Creative Labs. Sadly, not too many of them have success that lasts more than a generation or so. So who is next and how long will they last? Well the who is ASUS. How long, might be up to debate, but ASUS is a company that has plenty of other business to fall back on while they get their sound card business on its feet. "It seems that ASUS has decided to enter into the audio segment with their latest Xonar D2 and D2K sound cards. The difference between Xonar D2 and D2K is the interface where D2 is on PCI... Read more...
Good morning and happy Friday to you all!  It's the end of another work week and the weekend is about to start. Personally, I can't wait to get out and enjoy some of this warm weather here in NC.  It's been in the 70s all week and I'm wearing shorts in January.  It's taking a little bit for this northern boy to get used to the warmer NC weather.  Also, thanks to HL2, I have not seen the light of day in about 3 days going on 4. I better beat this soon so I can get some kind of a life back!  Here's your morning news, have a great weekend! PCI-Express Mainstream Roundup Part... Read more...
  With much anticipation and fanfare, the next generation in video card interface has arrived.  PCI Express, the successor to AGP, is now available on a number of Intel-based boards starting with the 900 series chipset.  VIA, SiS, and others are sure to follow in the coming months. It's still uncertain when the other OEM solutions will come out with PCI-E (not to be confused with PCI-X), but regardless of potential delays, PCI-E will be universal sooner than later. The potential benefits of PCI-E over AGP are dramatic, offering peak bandwidth of 4GBps (8GB concurrent), which... Read more...
On August 12th, NVIDIA took the wraps off their new value-based PCI-Express video cards, introducing the GeForce 6600 and 6600 GT.  Back then we were given ample information in advance to do a thorough preview on what both cards brought to the game.  With a smaller die size, many of the same qualities of the 6800 series and even a few new features, like a native on chip PCIe core, NVIDIA's first GeForce 6 Series offerings into the mainstream PCI Express market seemed intriguing.   Up until now, NVIDIA's GeForce 6 Series PCI-Express solutions have been developed exclusively for their... Read more...
With the release of both NVIDIA's 6800 Series and ATI's X800 series, the high-end enthusiast has several excellent choices when seeking the perfect gaming card.   It really is hard to go wrong either way, with each product line having the muscle to power any game you can throw at it, while offering the best image quality we've seen to date.  But the high-end market is only a small percentage of sales as these cards can cost in excess of $500.  When it comes to PCI Express based value solutions , ATI has their X600 series which sells in the $200 range, while NVIDIA has yet to launch... Read more...