Interesting page on Intel's site

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  1. macrumors 65816

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    http://www.intel.com/technology/agp/agp_3_spec.htm

    Is PCI Express the same as PCI-X?

    Does this mean Apple is both providing the last of the AGP standards and the next PCI standard which has been declared the next step up in 2004? If so, the G5 is a year ahead of its time!
     
  2. macrumors G4

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    Re: Interesting page on Intel's site

    No.
    http://www.pcworld.com/news/article/0,aid,103089,00.asp
     
  3. thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Thank you.
     
  4. iPC
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    It remains to be seen which is better, PCI-X or PCI Express. Could be Apple choosing PCI-X for the new G5 PM could be the boost it needs, or could be that the trend of moving back towards server to terminal setups might benefit PCI Express (speed over distance).
     
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    One thing to consider when wondering why Apple chose PCI-X is that IBM was one of (if not the) first companies to produce a PCI-X chip. My guess is that Apple is getting some favorable customer status with them.
     
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    That is a very good reason if true. ;)
     
  7. macrumors 6502a

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    PCI-Express is MUCH better than PCI-X, it's just not backwards compatible.


    PCI-X is just a souped-up PCI bus whereas PCI-Express is a substantial change in bus design. PCI-X has been around quite a while in workstation design.

    PCI-Express will replace AGP slots and is the future of any external subsystems (RAID cards, Video and Audio hardware, etc..) It is the direction GPU makers are looking to at the moment.

    In terms of cars, think of bus standards as this:

    ISA = Geo Prism
    EISA = Toyota Corolla
    PCI = Porsche Boxster
    PCI-X = Porsche Turbo
    PCI-Express = Gulfstream 5 (and yes :D , I realize this isn't a car...)
     
  8. macrumors 6502a

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    Infinband is still better though. Eventually it comes time to move forward, and PCI has had its 15 minutes.
     
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    @legion: was that pun with the jet intended or not. I am of course saying that - doesnt his majesty (SJ) have a gulfstream 5?
     
  10. macrumors 6502a

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    Pun wasn't intended but I realized it after-the-fact.

    I don't know if SJ has a G5, he might because he used to have an apt in NY and would fly back and forth quite often (which he sold recently.)

    My current boss has a G5 that he's let me use it a few times (4!) including a trip out to Vegas for my birthday. He used to have a G3 but his friend picked up a G5 and so he had to have one too. I talked to him once about owning a jet and he told me that the real expense is the downtime when it's not being used (and then he tried to convince me to get one too :rolleyes: -- what the rich do with their money...)
     
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    Just got this in the ol' email:

    Apple ads tout IBM Technology

    Apple Computer recently launched a new advertising campaign for their latest product, the PowerMac G5, with a focus on the IBM technology found inside.

    These two ads prominently feature IBM Technology Group's 64-bit processor and will appear in a variety of print publications.

    "This new advertising campaign is exciting for us because we have a customer ó a partner ó who is thrilled to highlight our technology leadership in our 300mm automated chip making facility," said Rob Rohrer, manager of integrated marketing communications in TG. "The campaign will help to drive home the message that on demand begins with technology and builds upon strongly integrated business processes. This is truly a great story for both companies!"

    Read more at:_http://w3-3.ibm.com/technology/news/2003/0722-ads.html
     

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