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Q1 2005 will be the arrival time for PCI Express on the Athlon64 family, it has been revealed. Of course, this is reliant on support from other manufacturers, especially the likes of ATI and Nvidia.
PCI-Express (formerly 3GIO or 3rd Generation I/O) is the name which has been dubbed by PCI-SIG, the committee responsible for overseeing the PCI interface standard. It advances computer I/O in ways that were long overdue, and will make it possible for several graphics cards to be used in tandem in "SLI" mode, to provide even greater graphics performance, opening the door to a new generation of games. The takeup of this technology by AMD is very welcome, and we look forward to seeing PCI Express compatible motherboards for AMD chips very soon.