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Old May 8, 2008, 01:41 PM
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Default Asus creates new GPU future with upgradeable graphics cards

Although not new, here is a great idea. I like the fact that you could theoretically upgrade your gpu at a lesser cost, and less waste!

Originally posted in TG Daily

The vision of upgradeable graphic cards goes back to the late 1990s, when Micron Technology was experimenting with removable sockets. In 2006, both MSI and Gigabyte showcased upgradeable graphic cards, but their concepts, which were based on GeForce Go MXM boards, never took off. Earlier this year, Asus introduced a single board with three MXM slots for ATI Mobility Radeon 3850 or 3870 cards (upgradeable with future parts), and has now unveiled its single-MXM product.

Thanks to a modular design, you will be able to upgrade to upcoming MXM modules, including ATIís RV770 and RV870 chips (Radeon HD 4800, 5800 series). Interestingly, there should be no issue to put a Nvidia-GPU based MXM module onto this card, since there is no limiting logic.

Using this design, you can imagine a future where users will upgrade their graphics experience simply by buying a small module. If you would have to buy just the GPU and memory, this approach would actually lead to less money being spent, since you don't need to buy the complete card over and over again.

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