What's The Fuss About PCI Express

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Old 03-03-05, 08:02 PM
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What's The Fuss About PCI Express

I have a new computer that I am building. I didn't pay too close attention when I purchased the motherboard apparently. It came with two PCI slots and 3 PCI Express slots. I've read that PCI Express is the wave of the future but it seems that nobody is making things for it yet! I'd like to get some additional USB cards (To run the other USB plugs on the front of mt PC) and maybe a sound card... Instead of relying on on the one incorporated into the MB. I guess I'll have to wait on a few of these to come out... Unless you all know something I don't...
 
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It's all about bandwidth. With modern peripherals bumping up against the theoretical maximum of PCI, there is need for a change.

The benefit to 3d video cards is obvious, which is why they are really the only peripheral you'll find in abundance in PCI Express versions. New iterations of Ethernet (Gigabyte Ethernet) will also benefit from the new technology, as well as hard drives.

Consider that the theoretical maximum of PCI is about 132 MB/s, while PCI Express is currently 8GB/s, and the potential becomes a little more clear.
 
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Old 03-04-05, 04:40 PM
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The problem is... I have to wait for technology to catch up with my MB...
 

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