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Now we wait for devices to show up

Several years ago when PCI-Express was being developed, the technology was also being designed to support devices outside of the traditional computer enclosure. While "internal" PCI-Express took off, development and support for external devices was slow. This week, the PCI Special Interests Group (PCI-SIG) announced the availability of the PCI-Express external cable specification revision 1.0.

With the new specifications fully defined, cables will be developed for all PCI-Express link widths including: x1, x4, x8 and x16. This allows for devices such as external high-speed storage controllers, network or fabric interfaces and graphics adapters to use the technology.

According to PCI-SIG chairman Al Yanes, external PCI-Express products should now be in full development and show up on the market in less than a year. "This specification helps the industry create new products that will take PCIe technology out of the box – enabling PCIe solutions for IO expansion drawers, external graphics processors, tethered mobile docking, communications equipment and embedded applications,” said Yanes.

External PCI-Express devices will be able to use signaling rates up to 2.5 gigatransfers per second (GT/sec). Of course, the host, adapter and cable must be able to support those speeds, but the future looks promising according to the specification's outline. Later on, 5GT/sec. rates will be possible. Some applications for this type of technology include stacking storage arrays together by using the external PCI-Express interconnect rather than relying on Gig-E networking.

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Great work!
By outsider on 2/9/2007 4:58:34 PM , Rating: 0
External PCI-X is yet the strongest hit the Notebook has given to the PC. When its ready, there will be very few reasons to stick to the PC, apart from the price.

One question: What will happen to USB now? (the wired one)

RE: Great work!
By Gatt on 2/9/2007 5:22:21 PM , Rating: 1

Notebooks are, in no specific order...

Slower-Due to speedstep since they can't cool a small case.

Less upgradable-Sure, you can start adding external boxes all over the place, but at some point, you might as well have bought a PC.

Less overclockable-Can't overclock to any significant measure when you're locked into an itty-bitty battery, nor can you O/C when your powersupply is smaller than a good set of speakers.

Screen is seriously lacking compared to a desktop display.

By the time you're done making up for as many of a notebooks shortcomings as you can, all you've managed to do is turn it into a desktop PC with a bad display, no overclockability, and has a slower speed.

Pointless for any significant workload.

RE: Great work!
By outsider on 2/9/2007 7:38:15 PM , Rating: 2
Somehow I've been extremely happy for 2 years with my Athlon 3400+ and 1GB RAM notebook. And even now I couldnt wish for more.
It rips a DVD in 3 hours at excellent DivX quality, it records YouTube videos from screen capture at full frames, it plays any game underclocked at 1500MHz, it converts from MP3 to Audio CD in realtime and writes the CD in 5 minutes, in 10 minutes it writes a full DVD, the wireless adapter works at 2-3 MB/s never the bottleneck in internet connection, it executes and debugs .NET apps immediately and in realtime, and the same is true for PHP script and database queries, it even handles all the flash and javascript of the web fluently just like the developers intended the experience to be. And I can do all that without getting out of bed... or 100 miles away from home.

What I'm not happy with is the Radeon 9600. Very few games can it play anymore. I usually have a plug nearby wherever I go, so power is not a problem for me. Let me use a Radeon 1950 for my notebook and I'm good to go for another 2 years with this baby.

RE: Great work!
By outsider on 2/9/07, Rating: -1
RE: Great work!
By Zelvek on 2/9/2007 9:35:38 PM , Rating: 2
Ah what the heck is your problem!? Got something against overclocking; most of the people I know who overclock are 25 or older? Given the maturity of your response I think it is quite obvious who is in their naive youth. Perhapses you should stop flaming on forums when you don't agree with someone and go live yours.

RE: Great work!
By outsider on 2/9/07, Rating: 0
RE: Great work!
By Uncle C on 2/10/2007 1:11:09 AM , Rating: 2
I'm happy and rather successful from overclocking.
I'm running a two year old setup that still kicks some serious ass in gaming because it IS overclocked.
Also, why can't you just accept other people's hobbies? To some, its fun to tune your computer just right.
As for "comfort of the notebook," where do you play games away from your home? At work, class, driving? I'm all for mobile lanning, but I enjoy RVs much more with DESKTOPS!
Anyway, snuff the flame. No one is saying laptops are worthless, just that desktops are better for gaming right now.

RE: Great work!
By otispunkmeyer on 2/12/2007 4:08:51 AM , Rating: 2
tell that to dell

though yeah its like $2000 if not more, and comes with a GPU good enough that you wont need an external one anyway, but the XPS M1710 is a good example of a laptop done rigth

the cooling set up is sublime, its quiet even under full load, and works very well so that your C2D and Nvidia 7900GTX with 512mb of ram can run full speed.

you can easily overclock, though not to the extent of a PC and the display is 1920x1200...

it is a do it all machine that thing.

shame though because Asus' new lamborghini VX2 is the muts!, its not as powerful GPU wise, but its Geforce 7700 with 512mb ram should be enough for most, then theres the glorious lambo paint job....*salivates*

RE: Great work!
By S3anister on 2/9/2007 7:32:19 PM , Rating: 3
omg.... it's not PCI-X... pci-x is a TOTALLY DIFFERENT specification.

seriously, it's like enhanced crappy pci...

PCI-E!!! not pci-x...


RE: Great work!
By outsider on 2/9/2007 7:48:33 PM , Rating: 1
Actually I just read the article. Maybe you know more about this. In the article it does not say PCI-E or PCI-X, it says PCI-Express! And up to 16x!

RE: Great work!
By linkgoron on 2/9/2007 8:01:12 PM , Rating: 3
PCI-E is PCI-Express.

PCI-X is an older standard. (I believe it's a server standard?)

RE: Great work!
By outsider on 2/9/2007 8:07:54 PM , Rating: 2
Oh, my mistake. Now I see it. I misunderstood the previous poster.

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