I think what it means, is that it is a x16 slot (possible software oc?... oooo) but only runs at x8, probably because of the drivers. I'm sure that if you use a single card, it's 16x, and if you use two cards it's x8 for each slot, in turn, splitting up the work between the two video cards. Think about it: if you had 2- x16 slots, that would be x32. Do you have any idea how much bandwidth that would be? I don't think the PCB could handle it, and I'm sure it would take about 2-3 more years to develop drivers, or even physical graphical hardware, to handle such speeds.
My understanding of PCI-E is that we are talking about a serial buss and with dual 8X you are just getting two slots with support for 8 serial channels as opposed to one 16X PCI-E slot. Other than for SLI this has no benefit and some drawbacks I would think.
Besides, NVidia 6800 cards are already close to $500 a piece for the premium models and $400 for the economy versions and just how many gamers are there that can realistically spend $800 to $1000 on video cards alone? Especially if someone like ATI comes out with a dual GPU performance card that runs in a single 16X slot configuration.
SLI sounds an awful lot like a dual Harley dragster. Sure they scream through the quarter mile but how many folks really have the money or the desire to build one. It doesn't matter that every one would love to have one if the reality is that no one can afford one.
Hell, who knows maybe NVidia will decide to give away that second GPU and sell an SLI setup for $500 just to try and shut out ATI. Stranger things have happened.
The PCI 6600 Card are cheap, WE got them here for 205 GBP and the 128 MB card for 125 GBP,
I would think that the card will tandem hence the SLI connection with a 8x and 16X with it giving an effective 10-14X speed..
So from what you said sassen, The P4 is better... of are we still waiting on the SKt 939 FX53-55 on the PCI-express board?
and have we any idea when the dongle for connection the two card is gonna be available or it it come with the GPU cards?
hey everyone does anyone know of a motherboard existing at the moment with pci express capabilities and is for amd 64 socket 939? if not then does anyone know when it will come out... preferablly a name brand such as asus or something along thoes lines. i really dont care about price at the moment.