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  • PCI Express 4.0 and More 7 Days to Die


    Hosts: Dennis Garcia and Darren McCain
    Time: 40:51

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    Originally recorded October 2017

    Show Notes

    PCI Express 4.0 Standard Released
    Back in 2003 the first PCI Express standard was released which really changed everything in a modern computer system.  Many users take this technology for granted however, without it we wouldn’t have super fast NVMe drives, configurable SLI, AMD Crossfire or even the BItcoin mining systems you see showcased on YouTube.  All of those things were made possible, (or improved in the case of SLI) by using PCI Express. 

    A computer standard it defines how it should work and gives manufactures something to use when designing new products.  PCI Express 4.0 supports 64GB/s of transfer bandwidth which is double that of PCI Express 3.0 and is a logical step forward. 

    We suspect it will be about a year before we will start seeing products supporting PCI Express 4.0 and maybe two years before it becomes a mainstream thing.  In that time maybe someone can finally make a “good” external graphics option so we can finally kill off the desktop PC.

    Not that I am in support of that but, that is sadly the way of the future. 

    Related Links
    Start Your Engines: PCI Express 4.0 Standard Officially Released

    7 Days to Die
    In this segment Dennis and Darren revisit a previous discussion they had about 7 Days to Die and dive deeper into some of the aspects of the game that make it such a great time sink.  Of course what is great about the game is that you can take a number of different approaches to playing.  You can decide to be a full on bruiser or take a more calculated approach using environment and crafting elements to create the perfect defense.  Either path is independent from basic survival where you have to consider your environment and figure out how to stay warm and fed to ensure you can take on the hordes as they come.

    Related Links
    7 Days to Die on Steam
    Official Page
    7 Days to Die, by Zombies @ Hardware Asylum

    Episode 81 featured music:
    Little People - Start Shootin' (http://www.littlepeoplemusic.com/)