HIS is taking a small detour in its video card manufacturing production, stepping away from the ordinary and producing a card that won’t take the computing world by storm, but will be a godsend to those who need it.
A computer’s PCIe x1 slot is rarely used, despite the fact it is featured on practically every modern motherboard and offers more bandwidth than a traditional PCI slot. HIS is set to release a low profile version of its Radeon HD4350 that works off PCIe x1.
It features the same specs as the regular HD4350 with 512MB DDR2 Ram and a 64-bit interface. With 600MHz Core, 800MHz Memory and 80 stream processors it is no gaming card, but includes VGA, DVI and HDMI making it the perfect fit for a media centre. It’s low profile design, should allow it to fit in most media cases and it is actively cooled, but the tiny fan should not produce much noise.
While HIS and other companies have released PCIe x1 graphics devices before, nothing to date has been this current and powerful. The one caveat – initial speculations put the price at nearly triple the cost of a regular HD4350.