Items tagged with PCI Express

Over the past couple of weeks, we've been completely preoccupied trying to come up with a catchy and informative introduction for this article. We thought maybe it would be fun to play off of AMD's tree-laden GPU codenames to come up with an interesting segue into the Radeon HD 5800 series' power efficiency. But we came up short. Then we thought we could use an image of the Radeon HD 5870's cooler and draw a parallel to the awesomeness that was the original Bat Mobile, but a couple of folks from AMD snagged that idea. Even being briefed on the technology we're about to show you on the very same aircraft carrier that scooped up the Apollo 11 astronauts didn't cure the writer's block.Then it hit... Read more...
You know how we're rather enamored with anything to do with Solid State Disk technology around here these days.  There are so many new, ground-breaking concepts coming to market lately, that we almost don't know where or what to dial our radar on next.  One product that has definitely set off a few pings on our SSD-watch screens is OCZ's upcoming Z-Drive PCI-Express-based SSD.   Early incarnations of the product looked a little, how shall we say, "proto-ish" but today the Z-Drive has re-appeared and it's looking significantly more polished... OCZ Z-Drive PCI-Express Solid State Drive Available in 250GB (256), 500GB (512), and 1TB (1024GB) capacities    256MB... Read more...
So, there's good news for those hoping to make their existing machine last a little bit longer. And there's bad news for those always looking for the next big leap in computing technology. The PCI SIG, the working group responsible for the forward movement of the PCI bus, has just confirmed that the release of PCIe 3.0 will be delayed by a significant amount. The standard was originally expected to be ratified by the end of this year, yet now the specification isn't apt to be passed off until Q2 2010. You might say that Q2 2010 doesn't feel that far away, and in our eyes, you'd be right. But remember, that's the date that the specification will be passed off; it'll be some time yet before actual... Read more...
When doing research for a new graphics card, mainstream users might come across a professional workstation-class video card and wonder what all the fuss is about. On the surface, one must look at the enormous price differences and question the justification when technically the hardware used to build the cards is very similar. But those that use workstation GPUs know that these products carry the driver support for specific 3D rendering programs that mainstream video cards do not. While they both accomplish the same basic tasks of processing commands and rendering images on a display, workstation cards are for engineering, digital content creation, and scientific modeling applications--not gaming.... Read more...
It's not all that often that we post something up in the news just for the drool factor alone.  However, we'd go so far as to say that this little slab of circuitry classifies as a proverbial technological "hey-now!"  Certainly, SSDs and Solid State Storage solutions in general are all the buzz these days but this is the first product we've focused our beady geek eyes on with this particular design implementation.  That said, we will offer one very large caveat that what you're about to see is a VERY early stage design prototype of OCZ's upcoming Z-Drive SSD RAID PCI Express card.  In other words, drool for now but you can't and won't ever be able to buy this little gem as... Read more...
A few months ago, ASUS jumped into the audio card market with both feet with the introduction of their Xonar product line.  One of the first models to market was the premium Xonar D2 Ultra Fidelity 7.1 sound card.  The D2 boasted a superb retail package with all of  the cabling, software and extras one would need thrown in, along with a slick, eye-catching design, for around $180.  Not only did the Xonar D2 Ultra Fidelity 7.1 deliver on all fronts, but it also proved to be solid competition for Creative, who still has somewhat of a stranglehold on  add-in audio card marketTo further infuse themselves into the audio card market though, ASUS didn't stop with the Xonar D2... Read more...
Just a few years ago, if someone said that integrated audio would deliver great performance with many of the features of a full-blown add-in card, it might have raised an eyebrow or two.  Today, however, thanks to vastly improved integrated technologies, today's integrated audio solutions are often more than satisfactory for a large portion of consumers.  Nonetheless, there are those who want a better audio experience, which can only be delivered from the likes of an add-in card.A few months ago, ASUS jumped into the audio card market with both feet with the introduction of the Xonar product line.  One of the first models to market was their premium... Read more...
ASUS Xonar Series Revolutionizes the PC Audio Soundscape -- World’s first PCI-Express audio card Xonar D2X and the smallest USB audio station Xonar U1 revitalize gaming audio and simplify home theater upgrades -- FREMONT, CALIFORNIA (November 27, 2007) – Adding to the success of the company’s entry into PC audio, ASUS®, worldwide leader in component and notebook design and manufacturing, today extended its product offerings by introducing the world’s first PCI-Express (PCI-E) interface audio card Xonar D2X; and the stylish USB based audio station Xonar U1.  The Xonar D2X is the first sound card in the industry to address the audio challenge for gaming under the Windows Vista®... Read more...
There haven't been too many law suits that have this kind of far-reaching industry-wide consequences: PCI-Express itself has come under attack by Microlinc LCC according to their latest filing in Texas.Perhaps the strangest part of all is that this suit will put even rivals AMD and Intel on the same side, not something that is accomplished that often:“As a result, Intel is named alongside nine other companies that the plaintiff believes are contributing to the perceived infringement. Intel's rival AMD is included for using PCI Express for its mainboards, as is NVIDIA. Large computer makers Apple, Acer, Dell, Gateway, HP, Lenovo, Sony, and Toshiba are all accused of aiding Intel by building desktops... Read more...
Over the last few years, a relatively simple PC technology, the TV tuner, has helped to transform the way that millions of people use their personal computers. TV tuners - in conjunction with smaller form factors - have helped to create a new category of PC, the HTPC, that blends the audio and video capabilities of your television with the raw power and productivity of your home computer.Although the PC TV tuner has become a very important part of millions of computer systems all over the world, the fundamental technology behind the PC tuner has barely changed over the last 9 years. Most tuners simply use an analog coax input to take video in and use an embedded chip to convert the video stream... Read more...
W e’ve just a posted a new article here at HotHardware in which we evaluate the features and image quality of AMD’s brand new ATI TV Wonder 650 Combo PCI Express.  Here’s a snip from the piece: "The most obvious physical change to the ATI TV Wonder 650 PCIe is of course the fact that the card now uses the PCI Express interface. The ATI TV Wonder 650 PCIe has kept its half-height PCI design, which allows it to fit easily into low profile HTPC systems." ATI TV Wonder 650 Combo PCI Express... Read more...
Chinese website HKEPC has some supposed scoop regarding AMD/ATI's upcoming mid-range RV630 GPU. According to the story, some RV630 variants will support not only GDDR4 memory but conform to the PCI Express 2.0 specification as well.  There is news regarding three flavors of R630 posted up on the site, but the information is not written in english, so bring your favorite translator. There are a couple of charts and diagrams listed at the end of the piece with specifications and features listed.... Read more...
Here's something that serves almost no practical purpose and effects only a tiny fraction of enthusiasts, but yet is still interesting to see nonetheless. The crew at OCWorkbench got SLI working using a combination of modified drivers and PCI Express and AGP GeForce 6600 cards with a motherboard based on a ULi chipset. "As we all know SLI is always said to meant for the PCI Express interface. In this experiment, we will find out if AGP can support SLI. In this test, we will use the famous ASROCK 939DUAL-SATA2 based on ULi chipset. It is the ideal test platform as it supports both native AGP and PCIe slots." Next up, SLI with PCI-based GeForce 6200s. (Just kidding.  I made that last part... Read more...
PCI Express External Cabling Specification Completed by PCI-SIG Enables New Usage Models Such as Platform Disaggregated I/O, Chassis-Chassis Expansion I/O and Others BEAVERTON, Ore. - February 7, 2007 - PCI-SIG(R), the Special Interest Group responsible for PCI Express(R) industry-standard I/O technology, today announced the availability of the PCI Express External Cabling 1.0 specification, which extends the PCI Express (PCIe(R)) interconnect architecture "outside the box." Cables using the PCIe technology will be used for external applications, as well as applications internal to an enclosure that need a cable connection. The PCIe External Cabling specification provides guidelines for a practical... Read more...
VIA VN896 with VIA Chrome9 IGP core supporting DirectX 9.0 and Chromotion 3.0 offers rich visual Hi-Def experience for notebooks and ultra portable devices   Taipei, Taiwan, 24 January 2007 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions, today announced the launch of the VIA VN896 digital media mobile IGP chipset, certified Vista Basic-ready by Microsoft and designed to provide users with unsurpassed visual clarity for notebooks and the new breed of ultra mobile devices.   The VIA VN896 chipset features the VIA Chrome9T HC integrated graphics processor (IGP) featuring a DirectX 9.0 3D accelerator for high performance... Read more...
As expected, PCI Express turned 2.0 by fiat of the PCI Special Interest Group, the industry cooperative that governs the specification and announced the new version on Monday. PCI Express -- a modernised sequel to the original PCI (Peripheral Component Interconnect) that spread to essentially every server and PC since it was introduced in the 1990s -- can transfer 2.5 gigabits per second on each wire, pin or other electrical connection called "lanes" between a computer and a plug-in device. PCI Express 2.0 doubles that rate to 5Gbps, and as with the existing PCIe, multiple lanes can be ganged together. PCI Express (PCIe) 2.0 probably will first arrive about a year from now, said Al... Read more...
Someone caught Asus a little early for CES it seems and was able to snap a shot of a very innovative new product they'll have on display at the show.  Asus' new XG Station will allow any PCI Express compatible graphics card to plug into it and in turn will then provide an interface to an Asus-built notebook external graphics connector. "CES Unveiled - If you think your current notebook is rather wimpy when it comes to graphical power, fret not. Asus has heard the clarion call and decided to help those who want to play The Elder Scrolls - Oblivion in high resolution on the go by unveiling the Asus XG Station at CES. This device... Read more...
IBM, Intel Propose Innovative Extension To Popular PCI Express Computing Standard INTEL DEVELOPER FORUM, San Francisco, Sept. 27, 2006 - IBM and Intel Corporation, with support from dozens of other companies, have developed a proposal to enhance PCI Express* technology to address the performance requirements of new usage models, such as visualization and extensible markup language (XML). The proposal, codenamed "Geneseo," outlines enhancements that will enable faster connectivity between the processor -- the computer's brain -- and application accelerators, and improve the range of design options for hardware developers. Applications that will benefit include visualization, such as complex weather... Read more...
Rambus Showcases Silicon Verified Demo Compliant with Gen2 Revision 0.5 Specification for PCI Express   Seamlessly integrated digital controller and PHY solution for next generation PC and peripheral interconnect... Los Altos, California, United States  - 09/25/2006   Rambus Inc. (Nasdaq: RMBS), one of the world's premier technology licensing companies specializing in high-speed chip interfaces, today announced the availability of its Gen2 Total Solution silicon demo, a complete communications interface solution featuring an integrated digital controller and PHY implementation for the next generation of PCI Express(R) technology. At a 5.0 Gbps transfer rate, Gen2... Read more...
The old crowd of PCI TV Tuners may need to step aside soon, as their PCIe cousins head into the market. Sure, there are still plenty of people without motherboards equipped with PCI Express expansion slots, but the old PCI bus is eventually on it's way out. Today we're going to take a look at PowerColor's PCI Express based Theatre 550 Pro TV Tuner. Other than the way the card interfaces with a system, there's little difference between the newer PCIe based tuners over PCI, so we'll be focusing on the PowerColor card's performance, ease of installation, setup, and bundled software. Speaking of software, some of you may recall our relative displeasure with CyberLink's PowerCinema 3 software in our... Read more...
Montreal, Canada, July 13, 2005 -- Matrox Graphics Inc., the leading manufacturer of graphics solutions for professionals, announces Millennium G550 PCIe, the world's first PCI Express x1 graphics card. The x1 design allows this card to be compatible with any compliant PCI Express slot. The card is based on Matrox G550 technology and has DualHead(R) support for using 2 digital or analog monitors at a time. This announcement follows other recent Matrox releases for PCI Express, including Matrox QID LP PCIe, Millennium P650 PCIe 128, and Millennium P650 LP PCIe 64. "This product offers unprecedented flexibility for a variety of mission-critical systems, including servers and industrial computers... Read more...
Today, we're going to take a look at the Sapphire Radeon X850 Pro PCI Express Graphics Card.  The X850 Pro follows ATI's reference design closely, sporting 12-Pixel Pipelines and 256MB of GDDR3 memory.  Based on the R480, the X850 Pro offers several advantages over the R423, the core driving the X800 series.  Like the R423, the R480 is built on a 130nm manufacturing process, but with a refined core that has been reworked for lower power requirements and higher yields.  Aside from that, the R480's base design is not all that different from its predecessor. The Radeon X850 Pro 256MB from Sapphire aims to bring the features of the X850 to the mid-range consumer, offering a solid... Read more...
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