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Tuesday, 29 June 2010 09:10

Intel might drop PCI

Written by Nick Farell
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Rumours talk of kill off
The dark satanic rumour mill has manufactured a rumour that Intel is set to dump PCI from its motherboards. The rumour has started mostly because of the upcoming Sandy bridge CPUs with integrated graphics and the 6 Series of chipsets.

It seems that Intel is dropping support for a certain PCI functionality that has existed for about 20 years. HotHardware claims that the reason behind this is the supposed fact that many of today's newest products are capable of using up the entire PCI bandwidth, maxed out at 133MB/s, all on their own. This includes even certain mechanical hard disk drives.

The problem is that PCI is what many people have become used to, which is exactly the reason why most add-in cards are still compatible with it.

If Intel drops support, third-party manufacturers are guaranteed to keep providing bridge chips. But it could be used as a pretext for manufacturers to move on.

Nick Farell

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+9 #1 droid_hunter 2010-06-29 10:14
PCI-E FTW!
 
 
+1 #2 jonny80s 2010-06-29 17:48
Lets hope that they can provide full x16 support for all PCIe slots then. Being limited to 2 slots @ x16 kind of blows for people running 2 high end cards in sli or crossfire and then having to cripple one of them to add a sound card/raid controller, etc.
 
 
+1 #3 gangsta072 2010-06-29 18:52
Quoting jonny80s:
Lets hope that they can provide full x16 support for all PCIe slots then.... to cripple one of them to add a sound card/raid controller, etc.

Southbridge has 4 free lanes - but that depends on MoBo Setup/Manufacturer...
Finaly - we can have gamerboards without additional 3cent selling arguments
 
 
0 #4 Adamal 2010-06-29 20:45
Quoting droid_hunter:
PCI-E FTW!


Definitely, but probably still too soon to drop PCI!
 
 
+1 #5 BroHamBone 2010-06-30 03:18
Lol, i browse the site and read the articles about 3 times a week.I guess one is American and one is actual English. I didnt know rumor was spelled like that.. ;o)
 

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