Not surprising since ATI has been leading the PCI-EX charge from the start. Still hoping for a PCI-EX card for early '04, and especially one with a PCI/AGP bridge that allows me to use it on my current system until the 939 socket comes out.
Of course, ATI has a strategic partnership with Intel on chipset technology, and PCI-EX is Intel's standard.
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The PCI-EX advanatge will open up some interesting possibilities. It'll be interesting to see if ATI's implementation is truely superior to all the rest, and if we'll even notice, or if the developers will even bother to exploit that edge (which will likely be such a small minority in the gaming market as to not warrant much special attention).
However it does make me feel good about them being serious about the architecture. And if you read their Discussion at Rage3D you'd really get the feel for that. They said that DirectX 10 is not the next big thing, that PCI-EX was the next big thing, and that DirectX10/Longhorn was the next next big thing. Makes me feel ll warm and fuzy inside. I'm not looking for performance gains, I'm looking for configuration advanatges. It'll hopeflly keep me from 'giving away' so many of my cards when I'm done with them, instead just move them down the line.
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