What is PCI Express in Computer Motherboard? (PCIe)

The abbreviated term PCIe universally stands for; Peripheral Component Interconnect Express. PCI Express is basically a high-pace Serial computer expansion bus standard that is officially created to take over the old standard PCI-X and Accelerated Graphics Port (AGP). 

PCIe acts as a standard motherboard interface of PC’s GPU, HDDs, adaptors, SSDs, and even Wi-Fi attachments. 

This faster interface is now used for storage purpose and applications as SSDs. A PCIe SSD (Peripheral component interconnect – solid-state drive) is a super-fast expansion card that works to couple the computer to its external peripherals. 

To explain you in an easier way, you can think of PCIe as a vacant or empty space in the motherboard of the computer which can support faster (high-speed) data transferring drives called SSDs, and those vacant spaces are called slots that help in attaching or insertion of these faster drives (SSDs).  

The PCIe slots for faster SSD drives have variable sizes that built upon the numbers of bifacial belts attached to it. 

There has been many developments and improvements done in the PCIe slots over the old standard ones as it has now more system bus throughout with lesser I/O pin count and tiny physical footprinting. It has now much better performance in terms of expanding up the bus devices and more accurate error correction with an indication and error reporting system as well. Some of the recently updated versions of PCIe have hardware subsidize for the purpose of I/O virtualization. 

People using server-side flash can shift to a healthier alternative of it that is the PCIe SSD. It works as a undersupport shield for the data on GPU and for other additional cards and the PCIe SSDs help by directing an integrated flash straight on the MOBO. 

Every PCIe device interfaces with the host through its own sequential connection, disposing of the need to share a means of transport. The highlight point design brings down the dormancy and Boosts data speeds between a host and storage. 

Single out of 4 form-factors is a PCIe, in simple words, PCIe SSDs have much better performance in comparison to SATA and SAS i.e, Serial-attached SCSI or Fibre channel SSDs. 

Since the need for faster data transfer is emerging, PCIe SSDs have now been designed for better non-volatile memory expresses i.e, NVMe. 

Thus now we are able to see M.2 SSDs which are basically smaller internal mounted expansion slots. The M.2 SSDs replaced the took the place of mSATA drives and they come equipped with 4-channel PCIe 3.0 bandwidth.