I am split on this subject.
I welcome PCIe as it is a superior technology with none of the drawbacks (except cost which has since dissapeared), the best thing about PCIe is that it will destroy PCI which is long overdue (but no-one is making PCIe devices)
What really pisses me off is not the availability or choice of graphics cards, but the availability of motherboards, if my mobo dies, I dont have a chance of getting a decent AGP 939 board............
Going back to PCIe 1x connectors, they are a very sensible design as they allow more board space for other components thus reducing the size of the board and beat the crap out of PCI in every way except card to use
For anyone who is old enough to remember.... the card that really sparked the mass usage of PCI and the long-overdue destruction of ISA was the Soundblaster Live!. It was the card to have, it wasnt too expensive, it was an excelent product (bar the shit drivers
) and evryone wanted one, as on-board sound was really really bad and nothing else compared to it, and people suddenly had a "real" use for their PCI slots. After that came RAID cards, etc etc etc and finally PCI modems (yuk).
PCIe will be the complete package when new PCI products dont exist and everything is PCIe, but that wont be until mid 2008 by my guess. And by then we will be on PCIe 2