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One of the benefits of PCIe switches is that they are designed to be essentially transparent. In the consumer space, I would wager that 99% of the users do not even know if their system has one, let alone what it does or how it uses it. In most instances, PCIe switches help balance multiple PCIe configurations when a CPU and chipset supports multiple devices. More advanced situations might include multiplexing out PCIe lanes into multiple ports, allowing more devices to be used and expanding the limitations of the design. For example, the PEX8608 found in the ASRock C2750D4I which splits one PCIe x4 into four PCIe x1 lanes, allowing for four controllers as end points rather than just the one. Or back in...

MSI Z87 XPower Review: Our First Z87 with PLX8747

When it comes to motherboard extravagance, X58 heralded some mightily expensive boards, and a choice few from X79 and Z77 also raised this baton. So where does a...

35 by Ian Cutress on 8/12/2013

ASRock X79 Extreme11 Review: PCIe 3.0 x16/x16/x16/x16 and LSI 8-Way SAS/SATA

The end of summer marks the start of the X79 refresh line. We are, at best estimates, coming up to half-way in the Sandy Bridge-E life as the...

62 by Ian Cutress on 9/3/2012

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