Albatron Retrotechnology -"PCI" graphics alive and kickin' with
GeForce 8 Series GPUs!
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.
Add in a PCI graphics card, add on 2nd, 3rd or 4th monitor
As mentioned, these PCI graphics cards, with their multiple video adapters,
can allow a system, with an integrated GFX mainboard, to configure dual
monitors. But it can also give single-PCIe-VGA mainboards (can do up to 2
monitors only) a chance to add on a third or fourth monitor - who needs it you
say? You'd be surprised at how you can make use of the extra real estate when
you have 3 or 4 monitors. There are applications that can make use of more than
2 monitors such as flight simulation and tracking multiple stock exchanges. But
from a more practical perspective, imagine watching a DVD in one screen,
browsing the internet in another and doing your work on a third, all without
shuffling between overlapping pages or searching your task bar for a program
that you have open. Most recent VGA cards can get you dual monitors at best, but
add on that third monitor with a PCI graphics card and you've got one very wide
Integrated Graphics vs. PCI 8 Series Graphics - It's all in the numbers!
Preliminary tests have the PCI 8 Series VGA cards significantly outperforming
Integrated Graphics by up to 1329%, according to 3DMark2006 scores.
The tests in the chart above were performed on an Intel 915G MB testing the 3
PCI cards separately and testing once with integrated graphics only - CPU
Pentium-4 520 (2.8 GHz), DDRII 800 1GB, Windows XP.
These cards are all low-profile cards that make them easily adaptable to
smaller cases. The PCI8600GT and PCI8500GT additionally boost performance with
DDR III memory and come with HDMI connectors. All three cards come with DVI and
Retrotechnology rescues misfit mainboards, breathing new life into
Integrated graphics mainboards without AGP/PCIe slots are the misfits of the
new graphics age, severely limited in graphics upgrade options. However, the
fact remains, that these boards are still capable, sturdy and abundant in large
numbers. Albatron's PCI 8 Series VGA cards come to the rescue with three great
new cards that allow for an effortless upgrade with great