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|5th January 2008, 11:16||#1|
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PCI Express 2.0: Scalable Interconnect Technology, TNG
Purchasing a PCI Express 2.0 graphics cards at this time is future proofing more than anything else; we haven't noticed any performance differences when comparing PCI-E 1.x chipsets to PCI-E 2.0 chipsets with the newer GPUs, and we don't expect you to either. PCI-E 2.0 may prove more useful as a way to provide four x8 slots that each offer the same bandwidth as the older 1.x x16 slots. With Triple-SLI, Tri-Fire, and talk of GPU physics accelerators, including additional high-bandwidth slots on motherboards makes sense.
|5th January 2008, 22:01||#4|
Ditching the southbridge means you just ditched all of your SATA ports, sound, and everything else that uses I/O like USB ports, PS/2 ports, etc.
I guess you hadn't looked to closely at some of the Nehalem platforms though... some of them ditched the northbridge
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