PCI-E 3.0 and GPU compute will be the next big thing.

PCI-E 3.0 will take awhile before it really bears fruit for early adopters, but within a year or two you’re going to see a big shift in how computational intensive applications are written specifically to take advantage of GPU Compute and PCI-E 3.0.

tl;dr: You think your system is fast now…

Sandy Bridge E & X79 PCIe 3.0: It Works

At the launch of Intel’s LGA-2011 based Sandy Bridge E CPU we finally had a platform capable of supporting PCI Express 3.0, but we lacked GPUs to test it with. That all changed this past week as we worked on our review of the Radeon HD 7970, the world’s first 28nm GPU with support for PCIe 3.0.

The move to PCIe 3.0 increases per-lane bandwidth from 500MB/s to 1GB/s. For a x16 slot that means doubling bandwidth from 8GB/s under PCIe 2.1 to 16GB/s with PCIe 3.0. As we’ve seen in earlier revie…

1 thought on “PCI-E 3.0 and GPU compute will be the next big thing.

  1. Sandy Bridge is old, even at the release time of PCI-E 3.0. Ivy Bridge is the best for it. 22um, Tri-gate transistors, native USB 3.0 support.

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