GeCube to release X1300 PCI Radeon card

By Justin Mann on June 30, 2006, 7:52 PM
While the 32-bit PCI expansion slots we see on motherboards today are still the most commonly used for adding on to a computer, their role as a slot for a graphics card has rapidly dwindled. Dwarfed by the wide availability of AGP and the numerous advantages both AGP and Pci-Ex have over PCI, there is very little room for the aging standard. However, there are still some scenarios in which a PCI graphics card is needed. What to do, then, for the few out there who need a PCI card with current-day functionality? Believe it or not, one of ATI's vendors, GeCube, is going to start selling a PCI Radeon X1300 card. Called the RX1300-LP 128H, it uses a new type of technology that lets the PCI-Express GPUs be used on the PCI bus. Of course, the role of such a card is definitely not for a gamer, as the 133MB/sec maximum transfer rate of the PCI bus is not sufficient for anything heavy:

The product is not positioned as an upgrade option for a machine intended for gaming, but rather than a device to replace a damaged graphics card in an office computer. Previously ATI offered Radeon 7000 and Radeon 9200/9250 solutions for PCI bus, whereas partners of rival Nvidia Corp. offered GeForce 5500 and GeForce 6200-class products for PCI bus.
Wide-spread availability may not happen, and pricing is not known. With such a small potential market, it's likely it will be available in limited quantity and only in some retailers, or perhaps online only. Still, it's interesting to see vendors going after such a small market.

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swker98 said:
i wonder how much one of thsese r gonna cost
crossfire851 said:
I would rather buy a new a PCI-e board and a x700, because I bet it will be the same price, with alot more performance.
RBBrittain said:
Though the writer is right that this isn't for gamers, I think he, and both of you, are missing the untapped market segment this card is aimed at: Owners of recent (< 2 years old) integrated-graphics systems without AGP or PCIe slots, like me, who want to upgrade to Windows Vista, yet DON'T have the stomach to handle a mobo transplant or a new PC. (I think I *could* do a mobo transplant, but I'm not ready for it.)Up to now, the only PCI cards still on the market that support DirectX 9 have had NVIDIA GPUs, and most of them use the brain-dead GeForce FX series. Only one manufacturer, BFG (both directly and thru its 3DFuzion division), has put the GeForce 6200 on PCI; and I'm having 2D graphics corruption problems with the 3DFuzion 6200 PCI I recently bought. (It's going on RMA number two, and both RMAs came AFTER upgrading the power supply to eliminate the most likely culprit. And that's still on XP SP2; I downloaded Vista Beta 2 but don't plan on installing it till I get the card stabilized.)Ironically, ATI had a hand in removing NVIDIA's only competition here when it bought XGI's card assets; the Volari V3XT was also DirectX 9 on PCI (I hear it was an incredible HTPC card), but with XGI's withdrawal from the market their cards aren't supported in Vista Beta 2. It's great to see ATI *finally* stepping into this niche--and with a newer-generation GPU as well. If anything, it'll give NVIDIA some much-needed competition; anyone ready for GeForce 7 on PCI?[Edited by RBBrittain on 2006-07-04 06:53:51]
crossfire851 said:
Well anyone with some common sense and willing to take there time can do it. "mobo transplanT" LOL that sounds funny.
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