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Zotac Releases GeForce GT 520 With Classic PCI Connector 199

jones_supa writes "It turns out that you can still get a legacy PCI graphics card with a modern GPU. In this case it's a Nvidia Geforce GT 520 card provided by Zotac. Both the PCI and PCIe x1 variants feature a GT 520 graphics chip with 48 stream processors, 512MB of DDR3 memory, a 810MHz core clock speed, a 1333MHz memory speed, and a 64-bit memory interface."
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Zotac Releases GeForce GT 520 With Classic PCI Connector

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  • Performance (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Spad ( 470073 ) <slashdot AT spad DOT co DOT uk> on Wednesday September 28, 2011 @03:36PM (#37544416) Homepage

    PCI slots cap at 533 MB/s (and a lot are 133 or 266), which is less than a tenth of most PCIe x16 slots, so I can't imagine that you're going to be making the most of the hardware somehow.

  • Ideal for HTPC (Score:5, Interesting)

    by 0100010001010011 ( 652467 ) on Wednesday September 28, 2011 @03:40PM (#37544484)

    There are a TON of older computers that people still run with PCI slots. They would work just fine repurposed as a HTPC but until now there was no hardware acceleration available. The XBMC Forums will have someone come along that is looking for the "Best" PCI option and usually that involves either an SVIDEO or VGA connector. Some new TVs will have a VGA but not all of them.

  • SERVERS!!! (Score:4, Interesting)

    by mosel-saar-ruwer ( 732341 ) on Wednesday September 28, 2011 @03:44PM (#37544554)
    If the form factor is correct, then plenty of recent Xeon/Opteron servers, with a free PCI slot, suddenly become AWESOME desktop platforms. Around here, you can get late model 4-core Xeons, with maybe 8GB of RAM, on Craigslist, from name-brand companies [HP, Dell, etc], for circa $500. And they will be of VASTLY higher quality [with esp. vastly better motherboards] than the consumer-oriented junk that those same companies are peddling.
  • by derinax ( 93566 ) on Wednesday September 28, 2011 @03:46PM (#37544592)

    I'm hoping it's got a bog-standard PCI interface specification, so that the old PWS console firmware works with it. The PWS 600au works great with an ATI Radeon 9000, NetBSD + X11. Not so sure about the xorg support for the GT520 though. We'll see.

10.0 times 0.1 is hardly ever 1.0.