Saturday, July 19th 2008

PCI Express 3.0 by 2010, Supports Heavier, Gluttonous Cards

System component expansion interface PCI-Express could get its next major face-lift in 2009, following which products compatible with the interface could be out by 2010. The PCI Express Special Interest Group (SIG) is in the process of devising the new interface that provides devices with twice the amount of bandwidth as that of the current PCI-Express 2.0, that's 8 Giga-transfers per second (GT/s). it is said to be backwards compatible with older versions of the interface.

Changes in specifications are being made that allow this interface to support triple-slot, 300W (from the interface), 1.5 kg (roughly 3 lbs) graphics cards. Perhaps this is the ideal interface for 'heavier' products from NVIDIA, AMD, and soon Intel.Source: GPU Café
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34 Comments on PCI Express 3.0 by 2010, Supports Heavier, Gluttonous Cards

#1
pentastar111
I'm all for the bandwidth...It's the 3 LBS cards that bother me a little...I not a fan of small form factor, but a 3 pound card seems rather ridiculously large.
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#2
Apocolypse007
I think the only addition needed was the 300W support (to negate the need for power plug on a lot of cards). The extra strength for heavier cards is nice, but with rising copper prices i think heavy heatsinks will be replaced with vapor chambers and watercooling.
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#3
Megasty
Did anybody bother to weigh the 3870x2. Its 0.6 kg or 1.32 lb, heavy as hell for a card.
That must be one beefy slot to be able to hold a 3 lb card...something that's twice as heavy as the 3870x2. MONSTER :eek:
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#4
eidairaman1
The Exiled Airman
not with the energy crisis the world has.
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#5
PCpraiser100
Megasty said:
Did anybody bother to weigh the 3870x2. Its 0.6 kg or 1.32 lb, heavy as hell for a card.
That must be one beefy slot to be able to hold a 3 lb card...something that's twice as heavy as the 3870x2. MONSTER :eek:
Bet if weight of a 3.0 graphics card was judged by length, the hardware girls at the booths would be jealous since they wish they had that card, for a reason LOL :laugh:
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#6
Kursah
Megasty said:
Did anybody bother to weigh the 3870x2. Its 0.6 kg or 1.32 lb, heavy as hell for a card.
That must be one beefy slot to be able to hold a 3 lb card...something that's twice as heavy as the 3870x2. MONSTER :eek:
Yeah...I agree with earlier statements that MFG's should be going smaller as they go faster...but I guess if they can slack in the smaller and lighter, they can still go faster! lol!

At 3 pounts there'll have to be either extra layers on an MB PCB, extra re-inforcements of not only the slot but integrated in the board, and maybe some sort of adjustable stabalizer bar that attatches to the card and either goes to the bottom of the case (allowing that there is clearance and no objects in the way) or towards the top or front...I just don't see 3lb vid cards practical or good on anything in the long run...that will have to lead to some serious distortion, possibly some serious damage/shorting too? Hopefully we don't have to fear something heavier than the X2's out there!

:toast:
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#7
AsRock
TPU addict
I heard this about a year ago just was not a fixed date. Bound to happen sooner or later and with how things are going sooner is how it ends up being.


So those who hope for a system taking less power well looks like thats gone out the window lol.
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#8
hat
Enthusiast
awesome, triple slot coolers becoming standard.
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#9
yogurt_21
hat said:
awesome, triple slot coolers becoming standard.
lol imagine quadfire/tri sli triple slot gpu's lol
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