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Old July 10, 2008, 10:21 PM
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Default Albatron Unveils Three PCI-Based GeForce 8 Series Graphics Cards

Albatron has just announced three GeForce 8 series graphics cards that will utilize the venerable PCI interface:
"Albatron Technology recently unveiled three new "PCI" graphics cards at Computex 2008. You read it right - "PCI" and not "PCI Express"! The PCI8600GT-256X, the PCI8500GT-256X and the PCI8400GS-256 are all VGAs that retrofit recent GeForce 8 Series graphics onto older PCI technology. These cards all offer a significant graphics boost along with dual monitor capabilities for an entire generation of integrated-graphics, PCI-only mainboards.

Millions of existing Mainboards without AGP or PCI Express

It's a little known fact that there have been millions of Mainboards mass produced in the last 7 years with AGP and PCI Express slots left off in favor of integrated graphics only. Although these mainboards have the traditional PCI-slots, they have been deprived of a chance to upgrade to the latest graphics technology which is almost exclusively for PCI Express these days. The best alternative to experience the latest graphics was for a complete systems overhaul - that is, until now.

Albatron has answered the call with its PCI based VGA cards featuring recent NVIDIA GeForce 8 Series graphics technology. These cards allow these mainboards a chance to make a significant jump from integrated graphics without investing time and money in a whole new system."





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Old July 11, 2008, 08:26 AM
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That is damn good news for people stuck on IGA without the means to replace their entire PC. The 8600GT should play most games very well under 1280X1024 resolutions. About time if you ask me.
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This is very awesome for people on a very low budget that can't afford to upgrade the whole PC.
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But.... do they have SLI connectors? lol. I wonder if the PCI bus can even get close to fast enough for something like that. It would definitely be interesting though. Image that old POS system with 4-5 unused PCI slots.... now imagine Tri-sli with a physX card in the same system. lmao.... im dreaming but it Would be awsome.
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Nope, no SLI connector:
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If I didnt already have a old radeon 7000 pci card lying around, I might just pick one up for troubleshooting depending on price.
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I must say those are pretty impressive scores in 3DMark06
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I'll have to take a look at the bare PCB to see if the pads are still there for the SLI connector, hehe.
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Yeah an old P3 with Tri-SLI lol.

CPU 800mhz
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That would be pretty nice to see.

What would be cool is for people with out a SLI mobo to have a PCI-e Card in SLI with a PCI card.
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