YOU MAY BE aware that Intel is introducing a new PC expansion spec called PCI Express, designed to replace the not-so-gracefully-aging PCI bus and its prodigal son, AGP. This move has been planned for some time now and needed for even longer. PCI is older than the hills and slower than Jessica Simpson counting her change. What you may not know is that Intel was not content just to replace the PCI bus. Instead, the company has undertaken to freshen up nearly the entire PC platform, with new specifications for everything from memory to storage, graphics, power, enclosures, cooling, processor sockets, and audio.
The intent of these wide, sweeping changes is clear: to inflict as much pain on the industry as possible in the shortest time window.
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