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I don't know about the rest of you, but when I build a computer I like to build it on a solid platform, that way I only have to upgrade GPU's every now and again. I am waiting to see the AMD 900 series in action, but that still leaves one tiny problem. Intel's LGA 2011 platform is said to offer PCI-Express 3.0 and AMD's 900's will only feature 2.0. At the moment that is not a huge deal as no such cards exist, but I always seem to be building a PC right on the cusp of a generation change. Last enthusiast build I did was at the beginning of 2008, right before PCI-Express 2.0 was released and when it was released there was a flood of 2.0 cards, granted there was at most a 10% performance deficit when running said card on a 1.0 slot, but it still seems like a waste. Again, I hate the idea of having to buy a new motherboard every time technology changes which is one of the reasons I have always loved AMD: socket security.

Now I have to ask myself, when is AMD going to adopt PCI-Express 3.0? Should I just wait another six months to build?

Make no mistake, I have no intention of building an LGA 2011 system, it's AMD for me. But this is my dilemma.
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We barely use all the bandwidth of a PCiE2.0 x8 slot...you won't bottleneck anything on a 2.0 versus 3.0 slot for a long time.
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The generation AFTER the AMD 9xx series would probably get that. That would be in mid 2012 or last 2012 maybe. That's what I would expect.

But again, the cards today don't use all of the bandwidth so just upgrade to AMD Bulldozer FX and 6xxx or 7xxx series in Q3 and you'll be future proof for a while. 3.0 cards maybe 2.1 compatible.

So basically build your next pc, don't worry about PCI-E 3.0
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The generation AFTER the AMD 9xx series would probably get that. That would be in mid 2012 or last 2012 maybe. That's what I would expect.

But again, the cards today don't use all of the bandwidth so just upgrade to AMD Bulldozer FX and 6xxx or 7xxx series in Q3 and you'll be future proof for a while. 3.0 cards maybe 2.1 compatible.

So basically build your next pc, don't worry about PCI-E 3.0
Besides, Intel hasn't even started USB 3.0 support yet, even in their latest chipsets where as AMD will be introducing it very soon with Intel, who made the standard, will be following behind them.

So there's trade offs
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