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Zotac Offering GeForce GT 520 for Classic PCI Slots

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Zotac has revealed PCI and PCI Express x1 cards based on Nvidia's GeForce GT 520 GPU for upgrading older systems with DirectX 11 capabilities.

Tuesday Zotac said it plans to release PCI and PCI Express x1 cards based on Nvidia's GeForce GT 520 GPU. For those with (really) old systems -- especially those still sporting an AGP slot -- this is an ideal way to beef up the graphics to DirectX 11 levels without having to shell out money for an all-new barebone system.

"Upgrading your graphics card is the easiest way to boost your system performance and gain new capabilities. The new Zotac GeForce GT 520 PCI and PCI Express x1 graphics cards shows that you can experience good graphics without upgrading the rest of your system," said Carsten Berger, marketing director, Zotac International.

Both cards will come packed with DVI, HDMI and VGA outputs with dual simultaneous independent display support for an instant dual-monitor upgrade. The cards will also be clocked at 810 MHz and feature 48 unified shaders, a shader clock of 1620 MHz, 512 MB of DDR3 memory, a memory clock of 1333 MHz and a 64-bit memory interface. They're also hardware accelerated Blu-ray ready and support Shader Model 5.0.

So far pricing and availability is unknown, but similar cards with 1 GB of DDR3 and a PCI Express 2.0 x16 interface cost around $57 to $60 USD on Newegg.

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    iam2thecrowe , September 29, 2011 2:47 AM
    great, now i can upgrade my pentium mmx 200mhz to dx11 capable video.....ditch the 2 x voodoo2 sli.......
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    Thunderfox , September 29, 2011 2:58 AM
    Wow. I guess if you're stuck with an old POS OEM machine with no AGP slot, this is at least an option. Of course, setting such a machine on fire might be a better option.
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    Darkerson , September 29, 2011 2:36 AM
    Wow. Rocking the old PCI slot. Im surprised they didnt offer an AGP version as well.
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  • 18 Hide
    Darkerson , September 29, 2011 2:36 AM
    Wow. Rocking the old PCI slot. Im surprised they didnt offer an AGP version as well.
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    Lutfij , September 29, 2011 2:36 AM
    hmmm sounds .... intersting.
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    iam2thecrowe , September 29, 2011 2:47 AM
    great, now i can upgrade my pentium mmx 200mhz to dx11 capable video.....ditch the 2 x voodoo2 sli.......
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    mister g , September 29, 2011 2:48 AM
    If you're upgrading really old systems then an AGP card would be a better fit. All the entry level cards would not be bottlenecked on the PCI slot anyway.
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    Pyree , September 29, 2011 2:49 AM
    PCI 5450 got competition!
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    atikkur , September 29, 2011 2:55 AM
    yea.. why not agp instead? theres agp when pci is arround. the only system that has pci only was pentium 1. (
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    Thunderfox , September 29, 2011 2:58 AM
    Wow. I guess if you're stuck with an old POS OEM machine with no AGP slot, this is at least an option. Of course, setting such a machine on fire might be a better option.
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    dtemple , September 29, 2011 3:19 AM
    As recently as 2006 there were OEM systems with no AGP slot, and PCI only. I've seen them with higher-end 533FSB P4's. Not that a GT520 would really perform all that well on a system like that, but $60 is a lot better than $350 if your graphics card fails. And it doesn't hurt that it's DX11, cuz new systems still have PCI and it would be able to drive a second monitor when the person in that situation finally does get a new system.
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    demonhorde665 , September 29, 2011 3:20 AM
    DarkersonWow. Rocking the old PCI slot. Im surprised they didnt offer an AGP version as well.



    not sure but i think this is because teh way dx 11 communicates with the computer , it' needs a shared buss system , agp does not share a bus , also keep in mind the intention might also be to to SLI the cards , soemthing that also can only be done on a shared bus like old PCI or PCI-E
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    demonhorde665 , September 29, 2011 3:23 AM
    ThunderfoxWow. I guess if you're stuck with an old POS OEM machine with no AGP slot, this is at least an option. Of course, setting such a machine on fire might be a better option.

    set on fire NAH never , you forget the useful ness of old systems for old games , hell i'm still looking for a copy of win 95 i misplaced so i can do a dual boot on my system to play gmaes that don't play in win xp or win 7. imagine rockign those old games with win 95/98 and this video card on an intel P4 yah for nostaglia gaming !

    on second thought though steam does offer many odl gmaes that work great on even 64 bit versions of win 7

    and your comment was funny as hell !
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    mavroxur , September 29, 2011 3:28 AM
    Funny how there are a LOT of modern machines out there that are sporting modern processors (quad core territory) that have NO pci-e slots. Thanks to OEM's being cheap-asses, there's a lot of eMachines, Compaq, HP, Dell, and several others out there that no way to upgrade the grapnics. I've got an old Core 2 Duo E8400 media center PC that has 2 PCI slots, and that's it. You either use the onboard video (absolutely horrid SiS IGP) or shove something into a PCI slot and push on. Or if not for upgrading the onboard, possibly adding a 2nd video card for multi-monitor setups on systems that only have 1 PCI-e slot. There really is a market out there. And to the poster that commented "surprised there's no AGP version", I completely understand why there's not. NO new systems are manufactured with AGP slots. However, PCI is still everywhere.
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    lpedraja2002 , September 29, 2011 3:28 AM
    demonhorde665set on fire NAH never , you forget the useful ness of old systems for old games , hell i'm still looking for a copy of win 95 i misplaced so i can do a dual boot on my system to play gmaes that don't play in win xp or win 7. imagine rockign those old games with win 95/98 and this video card on an intel P4 yah for nostaglia gaming ! on second thought though steam does offer many odl gmaes that work great on even 64 bit versions of win 7 and your comment was funny as hell !


    Which games, I'm curious. All the oldies that I still have on their original cd like Monkey Island and Indiana Jones Fate of Atlantis run through an emulator called Scummvm. You made me wanna play the old school point and click Indiana Jones now :( 
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    Lekko , September 29, 2011 3:33 AM
    Mail to: CERN superluminal neutrino research facility.

    Note: Send this back in time to back in 1995. Thanks in.. advance?
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    Inferno1217 , September 29, 2011 3:38 AM
    Maybe another Physx option?
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    ragenalien , September 29, 2011 3:51 AM
    Useful if you want to use SLI without two PCI-E x2 slots.
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    lpedraja2002 , September 29, 2011 3:54 AM
    Back to topic. I wonder if this would be useful for people looking to have a multi-monitor setup. Can this be combined with a pci-ex card to have multiple monitors?
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    tanjo , September 29, 2011 4:21 AM
    Cheap(hopefully) PhysX card and in a different slot. Nice.
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    iam2thecrowe , September 29, 2011 4:56 AM
    demonhorde665not sure but i think this is because teh way dx 11 communicates with the computer , it' needs a shared buss system , agp does not share a bus , also keep in mind the intention might also be to to SLI the cards , soemthing that also can only be done on a shared bus like old PCI or PCI-E

    LMAO SLI!!! dude I dont think you can sli these cards on standard pci slots......
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    razor512 , September 29, 2011 5:59 AM
    PCI is still useful and everyone here should have at least 1 PCI videocard.

    and here is the reason. When ever you are modding the video bios of your PCI-e videocard, if something messes up, you will need a PCI videocard so that you can see as you rerun the flash tool and restore the original bios.

    (I have a old geforce 2 that I keep around just for this)

    another benefit is if you don't game you can load each PCI slot with a videocard that supports dual display. (a factory that I do computer repair for has a system with a 4 PCI videocards driving 8 monitors so keep each security camera in view.
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    eddieroolz , September 29, 2011 6:06 AM
    PCI slot, eh? I'm sure the card's probably choked to death with that slot, but nonetheless I commend Zotac for trying this strategy.
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