Just an update of future PC technologies for the common HTPC user. 1) PCI Express (PCI-X) Will be the new backbone for future motherboards, freeing up many bottlenecks current PCI has caused. Runs at 2.5GHz, compared to current 133MHz of PCI Max bandwidth of 8gb/sec. Current AGP is 2.1gb and PCI peaks at 266mb. 2) DDR-II SDRAM Theoretically moves twice as much data per cycle than current DDR Cheaper to make Consumes less power, produces less heat Since runs @ lower voltage there will be some access latency issues 3) Full Hi-Def Audio with new Intel spec Planned for the "Grantsdale" chipset Full 192KHz/32-bit and even multi-channel support 4) As far as Intel is concerned, they still look to compete with AMD's 64-bit CPU with it's 32-bit multimedia-heavy Prescott w/1mb cache for 2k4. 5) Look forward to more 802.1xx confusion as newer standards are coming out and more wireless integration is planned. 6) No QAM HD Tuner cards planned or even rumored at this point. Same goes for capture cards that could accept anything above 480i. http://deviceforge.com/news/NS2556463900.html http://news.com.com/2100-1006_3-5147...?tag=nefd_lede http://www.hexus.net/content/reviews...pc3Rvcnk 9LTI http://www.anandtech.com/showdoc.html?i=1987 Anything to add please do!