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Hardware Guide - PCI Express

Posted Wednesday, January 5, 2005

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Hardware Guide - PCI Express


Once upon a time, AGP graphics where the card of choice, without it your computer was old hat, and today in your local PC stores it is still the card from which most PC's are spawned, but hold your horses, a new kid is on the block. No longer is a PCI card upgrade the worst choice, because the PCI slot has a new big brother -  PCI express, a super fast slot for super fast graphics cards. The AGP X8 is not the biggest and fastest for graphics no more, because PCI express runs at, wait for it - 16X, yes that's a 4gb a second transfer rate, double the AGP maximum.

The orange connector to the right is the new PCI-Express connector. A definite choice for the future proofing a new computer or upgrade. 

The two beside it are also PCI-Express, but they only run at 1X. 

The other three connectors are standard PCI for the usual upgrades, i.e. modems, sound cards etc.

So considering a new computer then definitely wait for one with new PC-Express, coming to a shop near you soon. 

I here you say that you can't get PCI-Express boards for your AMD chips. Well just wait as these are due in the first quarter of 2005.