About a month ago I remember downloading and watching a movie about a new slot for graphics cards. It wasn't PCI or AGP...it was PCI something, I can't remember. But it was supposed to be faster. Did anyone else see this? Is it supposed to come out soon?
Oops! I didn't see the whole: "for graphics cards" snippit. Yeah, PCI-EX is what he is talking about then, the only PCI-X card I know of is the Parhelia PCI 256MB--it ain't exactly 'the future' either.
Maxtor disgraces the six letters that make Matrox.
I don't know why so many people don't seem to have amuch faith in PCI-EX. I have browsed the net for a bit and watched the presentation video by Nvidia (available on its' site) and it seems to have quite a potential. It might take some time to tweak it to it's optimum, but I think it will do just fine.
The main reason is because people are thinkng of it as the same as an AGP slot, and therefore don't see the need for what may appear to be just 16X AGP. There are more benifits to PCI-EX than that. And hopefully once the bandwidth is enough this will open up other opportunities that may finally have the speed to be used. We shall see. 16X Grapgic PCI-EX comes out first, followed by 32X (likely sometime next year).
If you don't want it you don't have to buy it. AGP won't disappear until mid 2005.
For those of us who want more for our buck this is great. You may be happy with a P3 with PCI graphics. But personally I want more, for less, that works better.
Paying more for the same thing would bug me. Developments like this mean that for the same price as an AGP card you will have a PCI-EX one. Unless they were charging you more for crummy product then we all benifit. Just like the R9700/9800 sells for the same or less than a GF4ti 4600 did 12-18 months ago (and some places still sells for those prices).
Alot of people get their panties in a bunch with the pace of change in technology (and graphics is now one of the fastest moving), but really it benifits us all, as long as the games work on our products and the new cards don't diverge enough from the current format as to make games/applications incompatible (and that wouldn't be good for anyone including the software developers and the hardware guys).
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