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  • bschuler2004 - Sunday, February 08, 2004 - link

    Can't wait to see these on Ebay and QVC.

    "Get a PCI-Express computer for just $299", of course they won't mention it comes with an Nvidia 440MX AGP card.

    What a mistake. Ripoffs are sure to be common.

  • wrong - Friday, February 06, 2004 - link

    A really big disk controller could probably saturate 1x, making 2x or 4x desirable. 2x doesn't seem to have popped up much, though. Reply
  • TrogdorJW - Wednesday, February 04, 2004 - link

    Epic, they've demonstrated a DVD-RW on SATA, but are they available to the public for purchase? I don't think they are, yet.

    Coreyfro, you can be pretty confident that the x16 and x4 options on the Northbridges will be one each. Graphics are the only thing that could conceivably use x16 right now, and Gb Ethernet is the only thing that would possibly benefit from x4. Since x1 is actually 250 MB/s, Gb Ethernet is actually quite capable of using that. I suppose 10 Gb Ethernet could use the x4 port? (Yeah... I'm sure we'll all be using that any day now.)
  • epicstruggle - Sunday, February 01, 2004 - link

    captante, here is a link to a press release from philips and the serial ata group

    they have made a dvd-rw drive with a sata interface,

  • lexxmac - Sunday, February 01, 2004 - link

    Will the new south bridges still have legacy PCI? Anybody know what the difference between the 8237 and 8237CE is? Any info about the north to south links? Reply
  • Captante - Sunday, February 01, 2004 - link

    epicstruggle... I've yet to read or hear about any type of optical drive that will use SATA..if you have please post the link to the info, as I would be very interested, but as far as I know SATA is only being used for hard-drives at the moment. Reply
  • epicstruggle - Sunday, February 01, 2004 - link

    Im just curious when we will dump the P-ATA channels and have all optical drives be seriel. Any ideas out there?

  • Cygni - Sunday, February 01, 2004 - link

    Serioualy, take what you can get... Reply
  • Coreyfro - Saturday, January 31, 2004 - link

    They listed how many PCI-EX x1 ports the south bridge can have, but what about the northbridge? Howmany x4 ports can it have? x16? do the x16 and the x4 ports connect to the same switch? Can the x16, say, be carved up in to two x8 ports?

    I don't think these are limitations of PCI-EX, but are they limitations of the chipset?

    Pretty crappy article if you ask me. If Intel and Via had all this info to offer, why not just have a PCI-EX article and give us a low down on the whole damn technology instead of giving these two fragments of stories...
  • wrong - Saturday, January 31, 2004 - link

    We have no data on the northbridge-southbridge interface. That's a significant omission. Reply
  • Boonesmi - Saturday, January 31, 2004 - link

    what happened to the Via southbrigde VT8239??

    i thought it was supposed to be about the same as the 8237, but support 4 sata devices

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