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Old 12-21-2005, 02:15 AM   #1 (permalink)
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GeCube launches X1300 and X1600 for AGP

ALTHOUGH BOTH Nvidia and ATI are reluctant to openly speak about sales of graphics cards that fit into an AGP slot - the sad fact is that both companies don't publicly care about massive majority of their GPU sales. The reason why is a very simple one: they don't want to spend time and money on developing their high-end products for the AGP slot, so their spinner machine has to throttle on "idle" or "defensive" when it comes to the user-beloved, almost nine-year old slot...

Both X1300 and X1600 use very similar PCB, so GeCube slapped two GPU's on the very same AGP PCB and shipped them out. The simple named GC-RX1600PGA2-D3 is actually an RV530 based product, clocked at 500MHz for GPU core, while GC-RX1300GA2-D3 is an RV515LE based product, with the core running at 450MHz. Both boards come with 256MB of same DDR-II memory, but with different clocks on each board.

The X1600 product features two DVI outputs, while X1300 comes in more of a classical D-Sub+DVI combo. Also, X1600 core is being cooled by a fan and a copper heatsink, X1300 is cooled by a smaller fan&aluminium heatsink combo. Since these 90nano chips suck more power than measily 35W that AGP slot can provide, we have seen "Return of The Molex" in not so hip-hop version.

http://www.theinquirer.net/?article=28456

All it takes is someone willing to take the time... and they'll make boocudles of money with it.
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Old 12-21-2005, 03:25 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Excellent stuff........ I could only wish NVIDIA did the same with the GeForce7 series, but I guess since much of the high-end market has shifted to PCI-E it may not make much business sense to design a whole new card for a small market.

Oh well, I still refuse to migrate to LGA775/PCI-E even after being advised to.
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Hmm, now when people need to upgrade their AGP PC's, the X1600 is a good idea for a midrange product. but then again, the X1600 is quicker than the 6600GT, but slower than the vanilla 6800, and i doubt that the 6800GS will be released in AGP.
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the gs is being relesed in apg trotter posted an article about that a while back
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how long ago? thats really uncommon of Nvidia nowadays to say their goign to release somethign and not do a hard release the same day.
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Actually, that thread is buried now.

I just posted a new one with an article from theinquirer.net dated December 22, 2005:
http://techist.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=83796
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agp 6800GS will easily beat agp X1600
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Although that's a good idea to release it on AGP, I think I am gonna wait to upgrade again. It is tempting though

It is inevitable that AGP will die, so I decided that I am not gonna do anymore vid card upgrades until I can afford to make the switch to PCI-E (which would include a new mobo and vid card). Thats just me though.

I can see how these cards are gonna sell really good, just because, it caters to a pretty big market: Anyone with an AGP slot.
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