Umm, there you go with the personal attacks again. It's like you have nothing better to do...
Anyhow, allow me to refute your arguments:
First off, you state that the fact that the entire CPU industry is switching over to PCI Express so therefore it must provide an improvement. First off the CPU industry isn't moving over to it; CPUs have nothing to do with it. It's the chipset industry that's moving, and the charge is being made by Intel via it's chipsets.
Next, I'm well able to say that laptops won't see any benefit. Desktops will for sure; PCI's 133MB bandwidth is insufficient for desktop use. However, laptops would only use it for the GPU, and we aren't even near to maxing out the current solution, AGP. I can go quote bandwidth figures if you really need it, but there's no reason to. It's true that PCI-Express goes from AGP's dilapidated card->motherboard transfer to full duplex, but this is only useful for sending rendered stuff back to the computer for storage, and how many gamers need to render realtime 3D apps to images on their hard drives?
As for SATA, laptops RARELY have more than ONE drive, and certainly the Area-51m only has one drive (You want a link to prove that?). The fastest desktop drives are pulling in ballpark 50MB/s (Need another link for that? Bah, just go look up the benchmarks of a 7200RPM drive on Tom's Hardware.) IDE provides 100MB, double that. SATA provides 50MB/s. So there is NO PERFORMANCE INCREASE THERE from going to SATA. Now, you might argue that the addition of command queueing to SATA could provide a performance benefit, and you'd be right. However, even the most ultra-modern drives, such as the 10000RPM Raptor, doesn't properly support it. And even when it does the performance benefit is likely to be minor; certainly it will be a very long time before it makes it's way down to LAPTOP HDDs.
I've read many reviews on the topic of SATA. Certainly everything Anandtech has ever posted on them, and even lots of stuff on Anandtech-like sites like Tom's Hardware. I have yet to read a single review that states that SATA provides a performance enhancement. Most state the only advantage of SATA as the smaller cable size, and since we're talking about a laptop here, that doesn't even apply.
There. Now, if you think the above is "pure dribble", then I think you ought to stop flaming and trolling this board and go elsewhere. I hear Slashdot has some openings.
EDIT: Some links for proof.
Proving that SATA is useless: http://www.tomshardware.com/storage/...chmark_results
Note that that extremely new 100GB platter drive caps out at about 65MB/s and has an average of about 50-55MB/s. It never even gets close to regular-ATA's 100MB cap; boosting that to 150MB with SATA would not improve performance.
This one clearly shows that CQ isn't working in the new Raptor, meaning that even ultra-modern drives have yet to take advantage of it; certainly it will be ages before high end drives with CQ filter down to laptops.
Something on PCI Express: http://www.tomshardware.com/motherbo...p4x333-02.html
Read that and notice the bandwidth figures for AGP 4x and 8x. PCI Express 16x, which is used for video cards, is twice AGP-8x. It's about 4GB/s. Video cards can't even saturate the 1GB/s provided by AGP 4x; you can only transfer so many textures so fast from main memory to the video card, and once it's in memory on the card it's not needed any more. Hence, PCI Express for video cards won't see any benefit for a very long time.
EDIT: Couldn't resist this: "SATA and PCI Express, now thats hot swappable Drive and Graphics cards.....Yes hot swappable gfx cards!!!"
What are you smoking man? PCI Express doesn't allow for hot swappable video cards, nor would you want one if it did. It allows for hot swappable ability under certain circumstances, but I'd wager installing a new Alienware User-Upgradable Graphics Module while your laptop is turned on isn't going to get you very far, even with PCI-Express. And you're stating this like it's something we can't live without...