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PCI Express 3.0, how will it impact the future of video cards ?

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So I heard PCI Express 3.0 motherboards will be released this year. My next motherboard upgrade will probably be in 2014 or so. What can we expect in the future ? Will there be new graphics cards that require more than 300 watts of power ? How about performance ?
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This year? Seems a little too soon, PCI Express 2.0 is not even close to being fully utilized.
My prediction is that more details about PCI Express 3.0 will be provided in the next few years.
    
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The performance for PCI 3.0 has been greatly improved in a number of ways.

-The bandwidth has been doubled to 32 GB/s
- 8GB/s interconnect up from 4.
- Raw bitrate is up to 8GT/s up from 4(i think) or 6.4
- Lastly, there have been rumours that the wattage capability has NOT changed and will support the same as PCI 2.0. However this is just a rumor. In all reality, and logically, the slot should be able to support cards upwards of a Kilo Watt.

How this will impact videocards is unsure because of the possibility of bottlenecking. Aside from this there are obvious issues with the power consumption and heat. If the power consumption goes up to quickly, then we could be dealing with heavy heating issues.

However this is not a logical assumption as PCB and microchip architecture is displaying a trend of becoming smaller and smaller by the month. These smaller parts allow for more efficient usage of power. It would consequently be CONSUMER based whether or not we NEED the power.

Hope you found this informative.
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Originally Posted by SprayN'Pray;12326711 
This year? Seems a little too soon, PCI Express 2.0 is not even close to being fully utilized.
My prediction is that more details about PCI Express 3.0 will be provided in the next few years.
It wouldn't hurt since it's suppose to be 2.0 compatible. Kind of like USB 3.0 is nice to have even though no one really needs it. I'm guessing PCIe 3.0 won't even be needed for awhile for most of us.
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