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PCIe x1 and PCIe x4?

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February 2, 2006 12:28:14 AM

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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February 2, 2006 12:47:15 AM

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
February 2, 2006 9:09:20 PM

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
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February 3, 2006 7:43:17 PM

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
February 3, 2006 7:47:08 PM

different speed's and sizes of the same next gen bus for devices
February 3, 2006 7:50:45 PM

whats that url
February 3, 2006 8:07:23 PM

There's a new news item just posted:

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

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.
February 4, 2006 3:58:29 AM

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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