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    PCI Express Malarkey

    Now, reading all these reviews of the X800 Vanilla, Pro and XT are making me seriously jealous. About 2 - 3 months ago I purchased a sapphire 9800Pro and at the moment i'm waiting to get a new mobo. I've been reading quite alot recently and it seems PCI Express is going to be the new way to go. So I was wondering when we are going to see PCI Express implemented on mobos and new Graphics Cards. Now, i'm quite sure there will be X800's and 6800's with PCI Express because they already made some demo cards (on older cards like the 9800 pro didn't they)
    Alls im wondering is when i'll be able to get one of these babys because there isn't really much point getting an AGP X800 (or indeed 6800) because they'll be outdated (AGP will anyhow, I know they'll keep it on boards for awhile but wont it go the way of ISA) pretty soon and i've already got a decent card.
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    yep, thats the reson my card is still a 9700 - the r423 x800 (fastest version with pci-e iirc) is my next upgrade
    however switching from 4x agp (whihc now is 8x agp for most mobos and cards) to 16x pci-e is going to make almost 0 performance differance atall for atleast half a year.
    I expect to see pci-e cards coming out next about 1 month after the agp versions, there will also be lots of budget pci-e cards too (not everyone will afford a nice shiny gfx after changing mobo and cpu.... ), but really it all depends on when the pci-e mobos come out, which so far i dont know anything about...

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    Remember how when AGP8x came out there was no performance improvement over AGP4x? Well it'll be the same for PCI-Express, only it's power capabilities mean graphics cards can get more current from the mobo, hopefully meaning all but the top cards won't need a molex.

    I've seen Grantsdale sample boards from Intel with PCI-Express on them, so expect them around the time their LGA socket comes out.
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    When are the LGA sockets coming out, anytime soon?

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    A very good question. It is as good a question as another question once posed to me, and that one was "how many times bigger is the moon than a derigiberbil?"

    Sadly, I am unable to answer either question. Perhaps the great google will enlighten us?
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    Lol
    Just found on [edit: the great] google, LGA sockets (a 2.8 P4) will be released in Quarter 2 of 2004, and the rest of the chips will follow, including a 4Ghz processor by the end of the year
    Found it here
    http://www.anandtech.com/cpu/showdoc.html?i=1948&p=2
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