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No more PCI slots any more?

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Just 2 years ago intel and AMD motherboards were overcrowded with PCI slots. Now I was browsing for motherboards and I noticed that most motherboards usually have only two PCI slots and some even don't, like ASUS Maximus IV Extreme-Z. So I assume PCI is becoming legacy. Does that mean that new generation of motherboards that will be rolled out in the next 1 or 2 years, won't have any more PCI slots like FDD and IDE?
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Correct, Intel drop native PCI support on their chipsets years ago. PCI has been moving towards legacy for the last 3+ years.
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Intel dropped PCI supports years ago. Now days those PCI slots you see on the motherboard goes through a bridge chip (a chip that converts PCI to PCI Express signaling) before reaching the chipset.

I wouldn't say PCI is dying, since manufacturers are still making PCI cards. In business segments you still see a lot of PCI and ISA expansion cards going around.
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So why not make these cards PCI-Express compliant? Especially nowadays that the mobos have a lot of PCI-Express slots, which should be enough for both graphics cards and other stuff.
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So why not make these cards PCI-Express compliant? Especially nowadays that the mobos have a lot of PCI-Express slots, which should be enough for both graphics cards and other stuff.
Installed base.

There are still a lot lot lot of older systems out there.
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So why not make these cards PCI-Express compliant? Especially nowadays that the mobos have a lot of PCI-Express slots, which should be enough for both graphics cards and other stuff.
A lot of computers out there still only have PCI slots. Not to mention business segment of the market still uses PCI and ISA slots. Yes, even older one like ISA slots.
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