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Originally Posted by h00chi3 View Post
How will that interface with the mobo?
Just found this. Doesn't shed a whole lot of light though...

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PCI-SIG completes external PCIe specification
by Cyril Kowaliski - 01:17 am, February 8, 2007

The PCI Special Interest Group has completed version 1.0 of the specification for external PCI Express connectivity. As its name suggests, the PCI Express External Cabling 1.0 spec enables systems to connect up to external devices via PCIe. It allows between one and 16 lanes of connectivity for a maximum 8GB/s of bi-directional bandwidth (4GB/s in each direction), just like current internal PCIe implementations. Interestingly, PCI-SIG says the PCIe External Cabling spec gives guidelines for a "practical" cable length but doesn't actually specify a maximum cable length. Nevertheless, PCI-SIG president Al Yanes says external PCIe can be used for I/O expansion drawers, external graphics processors, communications equipment, and more. Just as PCI-SIG released a new internal PCIe specification with support for doubled signaling rates last month, the group expects to double transfer speeds in a future version of the external spec.
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I'd like to take a second to mention this isn't just for ATI cards. This can be used with two 8800 Ultras if you want to.
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plug this to a laptop.
    
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Well this is kinda useless...there's no interface that will connect without SEVERELY bottlenecking bandwidth...even external PCI-E is only 16x...so you'd need 3 cables just for that....and your chipset better support it...
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post #15 of 31
This would cause latency like seen in dual-cpu setups. Unless you get 4 2900 XT i see no point in this.
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post #16 of 31
Worst idea ever.....


This is like creating an external board for 400G of RAM and then connecting it back to the motherboard with an IDE cable...........
    
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post #17 of 31
This is designed for laptops with an expresscard input, because expresscard is a full pci-X 16 lane. How can you say the external is worse than the internal when its the SAME THING???
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This is definitely thinking outside of the "box".
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Could use more cowbell.
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