PCI-E 4.0 Gets 300W of Power Via The Slot

The PCI-E 4.0 has been in the works since 2011, and today at its current 0.7 specifications, the PCI-SIG have managed to get 300W of power to the slot without requiring external power for the PCI device. Power isn’t just the breakthrough here, as the PCI-E 4.0 at its current state is slated to output 16 GT/s of transfer rate with a 31.5 GB/s speed at x16 mode. That’s twice the performance of the current PCI-E 3.0 specifications.

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16 GT/s is too much for your average consumer, with the PCI-E 4.0 better suited for throughput heavy devices. That’s networking, storage, and generally server grade IO demands. This could in turn still revolutionize the consumer graphics market, but we believe server components will get cozy with PCI-E 4.0 first, and wont land on any desktop motherboards anytime soon this year.

PCIe Version Line Code Transfer Rate x1 Bandwidth x4 x8 x16
1.0 8b/10b 2.5 GT/s 250 MB/s 1 GB/s 2 GB/s 4 GB/s
2.0 8b/10b 5 GT/s 500 MB/s 2 GB/s 4 GB/s 8 GB/s
3.0 128b/130b 8 GT/s 984.6 MB/s 3.938 GB/s 7.877 GB/s 15.754 GB/s
4.0 128b/130b 16 GT/s 1.969 GB/s 7.877 GB/s 15.754 GB/s 31.508 GB/s

Now the AMD board pictured below features the PCI-E 4.0 at its 0.7 specifications state, and it’s easy to spot the 8-pin PEG connector. There are actually Two of those located on the board, and Two more 6-pin power connectors in combination to the staple 24-pin and 4+4 pin power connectors that should power up the board and its CPU. We are guessing that these are the auxiliary power for the PCI-E slots to make 450W of continuous power.

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The PCI-E 4.0 standard is near completion, with PCI-SIG’s eyes set on the PCI-E 5.0 technology. Read more about the news on this LINK.