Blackmagic's MultiBridge. PCIe only. Now shipping. A 4 pipe.
OK, and what motherboards can it be plugged into? Most of the motherboards I see only have 1x slots in addition to the single (or dual, if it's an SLI machine) 16x slot.
Oh-- and congratulations on finding the first PCIe card, other than graphics cards, that I've seen. (Perhaps the second, I think I saw a PCIe SATA card at Newegg...)
The simple fact is, the vast majority of expansion cards are either PCI or PCI-X. There simply isn't much of an uproar (except for you guys) over this, because we're simply not missing out on much.
I like the Powermacs and the Xserve but the problem is that it's 2005 and not 2004. Apple is great at sprinting to a lead and then fading over the rest of the race.
And yet, there is still a dearth of PCIe cards. It's really a non-issue at this point... I know it'd be nice to have for future expansion, but if you were Apple, who would you rather piss off: People who may
expand their machines possibly
sometime in the future, or people with a need that has to be fulfilled NOW. Go with PCIe, you satisfy the former, stay with PCI-X, you satisfy the latter. PCIe is cool, but other than for a handful of cards, it's a future
standard. PCI-X is a solution that is here, now, today.
I would LOVE it if Apple switched to PCIe, but I can understand why they'd go one more revision without it. The industry support just isn't there yet to justify it.
Yes, because your reckoning doesn't account for the competitions doubling of their number of CPU cores.
JD, have you actually priced
a dual core machine with an Intel or AMD chip? I have, and the pricing is pathetic. The Dell dual core Intel has a $1000 premium over a dual processor machine. That's ridiculous-- and what do you get for it? Bragging rights? The dual Xeon has TWICE the L2 cache of the dual core chip... I seriously doubt you'll get a performance increase that justifies the price difference. As for AMD, the dual core Opteron chip alone has a $600 premium... Unless you're going balls-to-the-wall with a top end Opteron system with dual dual core chips (which the chips alone will set you back $2800), dual core on the other side of the fence is a non-issue at this point. Both Intel & AMD are milking the early adopters for all they're worth...