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How long has PCI got left?

Discussion in 'Motherboards' started by Greyhound, 13 Jan 2006.

  1. Greyhound


    Joined: 5 Oct 2003

    Posts: 395

    I use my machine primarily for music production, relying on a PCI soundcard. I am also currently looking at purchasing a OCI RAID controller. I'm a little concerned about having to replace these investments with the advent of AMD's new Socket (M?)

    Can anyone tell me if they've heard anything about PCI slots being phased out on the new boards? Also, when is the new socket scheduled for?

  2. Pulseammo

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 10 Jan 2006

    Posts: 1,114

    Location: Glasgow

    I thought that sound cards had some kind of problems on PCIe, something about the data distorting badly. Uhm Ill just print a quote here of the thing I read:

    Whether or not that means a PCIe sound card is near now or not I do not know. That quote was 30th august of 2005.
  3. Greyhound


    Joined: 5 Oct 2003

    Posts: 395

    Thanks for your reply - I was more asking about how long motherboards with PCI slots would be available for, because as far as I know the pro soundcard companies (RME,Echo etc) aren't even really looking into PCI-E solutions!
  4. PinkFloyd


    Joined: 21 Sep 2005

    Posts: 14,293

    Location: Bradley Stoke, Bristol

    I should imageine they will stay around for a while yet.
    They are more suited to sound cards due to having lower latencies than PCIe, they have much lower bandwidth though. pros and cons..... Latency is more important for sound.
  5. Greyhound


    Joined: 5 Oct 2003

    Posts: 395

    I certainly hope that this is the case - I reckon I'll risk getting the RAID card as well; at worst I can get a year or so out of it...
  6. 3dcandy


    Joined: 18 Jun 2003

    Posts: 4,370

    Location: Rugeley

    Can't see PCI disappearing for ages yet...even now in 2006 AGP is by far the numerically superior graphics system in pc's, and in most people's setups performs as well if not better than an equivalent (if there is one!)

    Tis a fairly low cost, but high performing solution...
  7. Sagi3


    Joined: 7 Jan 2006

    Posts: 100

    You could also look into the firewire market. I can highly recommend the M-Audio firewire 410 :D
  8. Dunky


    Joined: 16 May 2005

    Posts: 380

    Location: Glasgow

    PCI-E hasn't taken off yet fully with very devices available (some network cards, a few DVB cards, a few SATA and RAID cards and one or two SCSI cards). Until the majority of devices are available in a PCI-E format then PCI will remain. The thing is that everyone still has PCI slots and many devices don't need the extra bandwidth (10/100 network, consumer sound cards, wireless cards) so there's no real incentive to jump.

    EDIT: The new socket (I assume you're talking about AMD) is due Q2 2006 which means about April / May.
    Last edited: 15 Jan 2006