This would not be a surprise at all since PCI-E x1 devices are widely available for any application along side the PCI variants. It also helps that there have been boards sprinkled with these diminutive interconnects for a couple of years now. Now if AMD can jump in and seal the deal we can stay sure that time is still in fact moving in a forward manner.
(Edit: I did not mean to imply in industry has interests in interfacing devices with
Very true. PCI-e devices seem to be far more common in every store I've been in lately
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Anybody thinking raid 0 on a Single slot SSD on a PCI X slot. This is something I would toss my motherboard out the window for. USB 3.0 eh not so much.
On a PCI X or PCI-Express? The fastest PCI-X HDD controller card I'm aware of was a 133MHz, 64-bit controller. I had one and an accompanying motherboard, but fast as it was, that's still just 1.06GB/s of bandwidth.
Also, remember the other drawback of PCI-X. If a PCI-X slot shares bandwidth with a PCI slot and the PCI slot is running a 32-bit card, the PCI-X slot was automatically constrained to 33MHz as well. The only solution to that was to buy a motherboard that used multiple PCI controllers.
As far as I am concerned this is a good thing. I also am much more satisfied with the performance of peripherals on a USB3 or a E-SATA outlet. The advantages of USB 3 is it is completely backwards compatible. As for PCI I use nothing in my PCI slots everything is PCI Express. The bandwidth on the boards and with the equipment it connects is so more advantageous than PCI that I see no point in the protocol anymore.
The main thing here is the bandwidth as well as the limitations of PCI. As processors become more and more multi core, and we have memory that is faster and faster the limitation drags everything backwards. The bandwidth advantages of PCI express are 6 to 8 times the amount of PCI. So PCI is needed no more at least in my eyes. Anyone using PCI components that could replace them with PCI Express ones would therefore gain from the upgrade.
The saying time is money is very relative to society currently as it is basically the state of all these advances in technology. The more you can get done in the least amount of time thanks to these upgrades is the value of it all. Of course as fast as everything moves today equipment wise keeping up can be a pricey undertaking. So you have to choose the right components and peripherals.
Either way PCI to me is a dead outlet, and therefore wasted space. Which is just that nothing more than a waste, not to mention the energy advantages of PCI Express and components which use it.
Joel, I think MrBrownSound meant PCIe. I run into a lot of people who abbreviate it PCIx, mostly out of the onomatopoeia. We run into the same problem with SATA 6G: some people call it SATA 3, confusing it with the still-current SATA 3G (SATA II). Personally I think we should just all go to Cro-Magnon pictograms: PCI Express would be a group of hunters on a hill, then spears flying downward, then an ox. PCI-X, on the other hand, would be a group of hunters, the sun rising above a hillock, then a flowering plant near a river. Much simpler.
As the article mentioned, any motherboard manufacturer worth its salt would provide some legacy support; heck, they still include floppy disk and PATA connectors. But shuffling it off to a subsidiary place on the mainboard would provide the impetus for peripheral manufacturers to retool and produce PCIe x1 versions of their PCI cards. So, all in all, I think it's a good move on Intel's part-- even though it makes my state-of-the-art system just a little more obsolete.
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The other nice thing about getting rid of PCI (hopping back on topic) is eliminating latency. One of the not-so-fun issues with the bus is that multiple devices have to wait their turn. Since PCIe is a point-to-point topology, there's no such restriction.
Not to mention, PCI Sig Express will announce PCI-E 3.0 by mid 2011.
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