PCIe x1 and PCIe x4?

I'm not sure where to put this, so I guess it could be a case mod, hehe :lol:

Anyway I was wondering just what sort of devices are out there that use PCIe x1 and PCIe x4. I haven't seen any other than some mobo's have their "onboard" sound as a PCIe x1 card.

My new mobo I ordered has one of each and I'm just curious as to what could be put there or if anything is out there for these yet.
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  1. I think "Motherboards" would have been a better section, but o wellz. As for your question, PCI-E x1, x4, x8, x6, etc. are not really used by anything right now, for my best guess, I would put them with competition to PCI-X on Server boards, as the bandwidth for PCI-E x1, x4, etc. is way more than standard PCI and competes with PCI-X. PCI-X right now is mainly used with RAID cards, for the most part.

    ~~Mad Mod Mike, pimpin' the world 1 rig at a time
  2. Can't have looked too hard. Just in quick search for x1 on newegg show:

    firewire
    gigabit ethernet
    sata controller
    sataII controller
    sataII raid controller(low end)
    Firewire/usb2.0 controller
  3. There's also a HDTV tuner card that uses PCI-E 1x. Anandtech.com has a review on it. I'm too lazy to look up the URL, so don't ask.

    -mpjesse
  4. different speed's and sizes of the same next gen bus for devices
  5. whats that url
  6. There's a new news item just posted:

    http://www.tgdaily.com/2006/02/03/ddrdrive_ssd_announced_for_q1/

    A solid-state drive replacement for PCIe x1.

    I expect to see SATA RAID controllers comeout soon using PCIe, it's easy to implement and had much better bandwidth. Maybe even ones using the X16 graphics slot for high-throughput file servers.
  7. Notice how I said "best guess", seems you pwned yourself, nice going chap.

    ~~Mad Mod Mike, pimpin' the world 1 rig at a time
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