The first PCI Express 7.0 specifications validated: up to 512 GB/s in 2027

Your graphics card does not yet fully exploit PCI Express 4.0? Never mind, the standard is changing with great strides.

Better known by the acronym PCI-SIG, the PCI Special Interest Group brings together the main players in the computer world within an organization responsible for defining changes to the PCI Express standard. And it works hard!

Doubling of flows every 3 years

This is how, during the last year, the precise specifications of PCI Express 6.0 were validated. The compliance program for this future standard should thus be able to start in the middle of next year.

No, it’s not a mistake, we are talking about PCIe 6.0, and this, while the title of our news mentions PCIe 7.0. The reason is very simple, the PCI-SIG works on several versions of the standard at the same time. Thus, while PCIe 6.0 was in draft form, the organization was finalizing the characteristics of PCIe 5.0 which is only beginning to arrive in our PCs.

It is therefore not surprising to see the PCIe 7.0 project progress, since PCIe 6.0 was validated last year. To be exact, this is version 0.3 of what is called draft specs, the draft specifications for PCIe 7.0.

Up to 512 GB/s in 2027

Specifications that endorse a kind of “routine” for PCI Express, since once again, it is a question of doubling the bandwidth between PCIe 6.0 and PCIe 7.0. Doubling that we observe between each generation since the first version.

In this case, this leads us to speeds of 256 GB/s on the x16 and even 512 GB/s due to the use of bidirectional transfer. The PCI-SIG indicates that the signal technique does not change compared to PCIe 6.0 (PAM4), but mentions two major objectives: to improve energy efficiency and to maintain hardware compatibility with the existing one.

This backward compatibility is one of the keystones of PCI Express, and it is hard to see the next generation being able to do without it. A next generation whose final specifications should be finalized before the end of 2025 if we are to believe the PCI-SIG calendar, which then sets the compliance program to current 2027. We therefore still have time to upgrade to PCIe 5.0!


Murder on the Orient Express Reveals Deluxe Edition and Nintendo Switch Release Date

Announced last month by Microids on Nintendo Switch and competing platforms, The crime of the Orient Express returns to the station today with new information. The publisher thus offers us a first glimpse of the Deluxe edition of the game which will be available from October 19, 2023 in all stores.

Contents of the Deluxe Edition:

The game

A 48-page artbook

The game’s digital soundtrack

An Orient-Express ticket bookmark

About the Murder on the Orient Express video game:

A crime is committed on board the Orient-Express. Hercule Poirot, during this trip, turns out to be surrounded by a group of singular characters, all suspects, each with their own secrets and motivations, and will then try to elucidate the murder that has just taken place. Solving this mystery will not be easy and through many twists, players will have to call on their little gray cells, as well as their detective skills to disentangle the true from the false and bring to light the truth.

Whether you’re a fan of the iconic book or the films, a lover of murder mystery, or simply looking for a thrilling adventure, this new proposition has something for everyone.

Game Features:

  • Faithful, but enriched: the game is a faithful but enriched adaptation of the original story, with adding a new character named Joanna Locke. With it, you can regularly get off the train when playable flashbacks.
  • Play as the legendary detective Hercule Poirot: enter the mind of Hercule Poirot to discover the mind maps and make some deductions, which adds an extra layer of depth to the gameplay. Don’t forget to solve the many puzzles with manipulation of objects scattered in each chapter.
  • An adventure full of twists and turns: get ready for major twists that will keep you guessing until the end. The crime of the Orient Express is renowned for having one of the best plot twists in literature and this game is no exception. But this time, in 2023, you will conduct your investigation under a totally new angle.
  • An exciting detective and mystery game: Playing alternately as Hercule Poirot and Joanna Locke, you’ll solve puzzles and form deductions to uncover the truth behind the murder. With a third person viewyou will inspect the sets and talk to all the protagonists in search of clues.
  • Fully voiced game: Murder on the Orient Express will be fully dubbed in French, English and German.