Sol33t303 t1_jdgz6uf wrote

Theres nothing that's fundementally stopping a manufacturer from doing that.

But it's designed as an internal connector:

-Full 16x slots are big. Bigger then any external connectors that I can think of off the top of my head, or 8x.

- your going to get an unpleasant surprise when you try to disconnect something while running without compatible hardware and without jumping through the hoops you gotta do on the software side to shutdown the power to a pcie device (and not accidentally power down something like your internal sata or USB controller). Same goes for connecting something.

- the devices are also in general going to be designed for internal use (exposed fans, exposed PCBs that you could shock with ESD, etc.).

- You can't expect users to know that e.g. plugging in a PCIe device might rerout pcie lanes from say your NVME controller to the new device and that will make buyers *very* unhappy and support tickets will go through the roof, your don't expect your VGA connector to stop working because you have used all your USB slots for example because to an inexperienced that's what it would look like.

- And i'm sure there's a lot more reasons I could think of that an external pcie connector is a terrible idea.


Sol33t303 t1_j06rm67 wrote

Why do you claim I'm denying the benefits of it? I'm not.

> Why are you so bent on denying the benefits of this feature.

I feel like thats a lot of extrapolation from my one comment lmao. I'm not bent on anything.

I simply saying that in the present, without the above tech, you could make a good guess as to where it happened. As you said just now it's great that he was able to tell exactly where it was with 100% certainty, i'm not denying that in the slightest.

But without it, you could probably still take a guess and still be at least probably 80% accurate. I'm no trying to claim that it's better in the slightest, just that if you knew a crash happened after the audio cut out you could probably find them pretty fast even without it.