Intel might drop PCI

Tagged: intel, pci, Computer Hardware
Source: Fudzilla - Read the full article
Posted: 4 years 4 weeks ago

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.

 

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Velkar
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Have fun with that

Anonymous

The main stuff is comming late 2011/2012, so i'd go ahead with the build.

GraysonPeddie
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Really? You still have 3dfx Voodoo 5? That's interesting you still have that card.

(Checks in Newegg.com...)

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ASRock 4CoreDual-SATA2 R2.0 LGA 775 VIA PT880 Pro/PT880 Ultra ATX Intel Motherboard

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They can only drop support for 32Bit PCI because it and 64Bit PCI and PCI-X are part of Intel's main line of business, the server market, and it cannot change overnight unless Intel is willing to lose all their customers to AMD at the same time.

I'm still mad they dropped AGP, wanted to use my Voodoo 5 with new quad core processors.

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I don't think it's a big deal breaker. It's up to the motherboard maker to beside if a board has PCI. Most of the PCI stuff is normally network cards, sound cards or raid controllers. Those are not the most expensive things to replace in a system. It just means you can't carry over some older parts in a new computer build. If you are building a new computer you would probably buy a PCI Express x1 of what you need and be done with it.

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Hmm... Looking at the Network Interface Cards in NewEgg.com, there's a PCI Express 1Gbps NIC starting around $20.00, whereas you can find PCI NIC adapters for less than $10. I have a low-cost low-end server running at home. I think it might be a good time to do away with PCI slots once I buy a new PCI Express NIC adapter for using my server as a router. However, I'm not sure how much of that gain I will get when I switch over to PCI Express x1 from PCI with a new PCI Express adapter. My average transfer speed between two computers with 1Gbps is 10 megabytes per second.

It'd be nice if I could have a low-cost AMD motherboard with only PCI Express slots.

HTPC: AMD Athlon X2 4050e CPU with 780G ATX motherboard running Windows 8 DP (4GB) and Ubuntu; Server: AMD AII X2 240e CPU with 880G-based ATX motherboard running Ubuntu Server 10.04 LTS (8GB)

2 pairs of Insignia NS-B2111s (front/rear), Pioneer SP-C21 Center Speaker, and 12" Velodyne Sub

Just ordered HP Pavilion dv7-6165us from QVC. Will have it by next Friday.

Anonymous

I'm building a PC in August. Is this something I should hold off a bit for. Or is this a loooong way away?