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Galaxy Launches 2-Year-old Graphics Card. Why?

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 55 comments

Galaxy has crammed two 55nm G92 GPUs on one PCB.

As of late, we've heard quite a bit about Nvidia's Fermi-based GF100 video card and the release of ATI's DirectX 11-compatible offerings.

However, Experview has learned that Galaxy is working on a dual-core graphics card that uses an older generation of Nvidia technology: two 55nm G92 GPUs--each with 128 processing cores--on a single PCB.

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According to the site, each GPU is provided with a dedicated 1 GB of GDDR3 memory (16 pieces of 0.8ns DRAM chips total), and a 256-bit memory interface. The PCB itself is blue and looks rather long, housing a PCIe bridge chip (nForce 200 BR-03), and dual-DVI outputs. Even though the G92 chips are Quad SLI-capable, there are no SLI fingers for expansion.

Realistically, we're simply talking about a 9800 GX2 that's been rebadged.

It's currently unknown if Galaxy intends to push this dual-GPU design into mass production. However, given the two-generation-old technology, this card is simply too little, too late.

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    ricin , January 21, 2010 9:37 PM
    1. Buy 2 year old technology for next to nothing.
    2. Market it as a pro product with a pro price.
    3. Corporations buy it because IT managers are retarded.
    4. Profit!
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    lifelesspoet , January 21, 2010 9:32 PM
    This is great for all of those people who missed the chance at a voodoo5 card from 3dfx.
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    nforce4max , January 21, 2010 9:38 PM
    lifelesspoetThis is great for all of those people who missed the chance at a voodoo5 card from 3dfx.


    Already got a voodoo 5500 and a rare Nvidia 7900gtx duo (first gen GX2) so one day this card may be in my collection.
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  • 25 Hide
    lifelesspoet , January 21, 2010 9:32 PM
    This is great for all of those people who missed the chance at a voodoo5 card from 3dfx.
  • 39 Hide
    ricin , January 21, 2010 9:37 PM
    1. Buy 2 year old technology for next to nothing.
    2. Market it as a pro product with a pro price.
    3. Corporations buy it because IT managers are retarded.
    4. Profit!
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    nforce4max , January 21, 2010 9:38 PM
    lifelesspoetThis is great for all of those people who missed the chance at a voodoo5 card from 3dfx.


    Already got a voodoo 5500 and a rare Nvidia 7900gtx duo (first gen GX2) so one day this card may be in my collection.
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    mlcloud , January 21, 2010 9:41 PM
    If it's cheap enough, I'll buy it to replace the aging 7600 GS in one of my machines.
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    chris13th , January 21, 2010 9:44 PM
    Um...thanks, Galaxy!
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    rjkucia , January 21, 2010 9:46 PM
    I don't see the problem here, as long as the price and thermals are decent.
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    deadlockedworld , January 21, 2010 9:49 PM
    What kind of performance would this have? Would it compete with a 5830?
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    chris13th , January 21, 2010 9:52 PM
    deadlockedworldWhat kind of performance would this have? Would it compete with a 5830?

    It would probably perform the same as the 9800 GX2. Since Nvidia hasn't been pumping out anything new, they have to make their money somehow.
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    HibyPrime , January 21, 2010 10:00 PM
    This might actually be a good thing for gamers if they manage to keep it under $200.

    Otherwise, it's probably just a marketing gimmick to attract attention to galaxy.
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    coopchennick , January 21, 2010 10:13 PM
    I don't know, I think a 2 gpu configuration like this is too extreme for the more casual gamer who won't care for DX11
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    aletoil , January 21, 2010 10:18 PM
    Somehow I was thinking this would have been an AGP solution. I was actually quite surprised at how AMD and Nvidia managed to take PCIe Solutions and shoehorn them into AGP.
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    JeanLuc , January 21, 2010 10:38 PM
    Kevin it doesn't take to much working out why Galaxy are producing this card. Have a look on Newegg and see how many GTX285's you can buy these days, Nvidia are simply not producing new high end chips as there to costly to produce, if they were making money on it they wouldn't have ceased production even if Fermi is just around the corner.

    This then leaves Nvidia's board partners with a problem, they need stock to sell to generate cash to pay the wages so companies like Galaxy have a look at what's available and make do with what they have. If Galaxy needs to produce a card like this then you known there's a good reason for it - it's not as if Galaxy have a side line in motherboards like other board partners.
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    Shadow703793 , January 21, 2010 11:02 PM
    ricin1. Buy 2 year old technology for next to nothing.2. Market it as a pro product with a pro price.3. Corporations buy it because IT managers are retarded.4. Profit!

    What old graphics? AFAIK the 8800/9800s etc are more or less the same in terms of performance.
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    nman729 , January 21, 2010 11:43 PM
    im still running my 9800gx2 thank you very much!
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    one-shot , January 22, 2010 12:09 AM
    This seems pretty cool. How's $150 sound?
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    Shadow703793 , January 22, 2010 12:14 AM
    one-shotThis seems pretty cool. How's $150 sound?

    That would be pretty decent. Imo, I think Galaxy is trying to go after the $100-150 segment here.

    @ Kevin Parrish: Any chance of a review?
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    dragunover , January 22, 2010 12:24 AM
    55nm core? 2 years old? No, not really.
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    liquidsnake718 , January 22, 2010 12:47 AM
    Ugh why not just get a 9800gx2? Is this just two 9800gts in SLI or 9800gtx+'s in SLI? Because if its the GTX+ in SLI, then it is still a pretty good config, too bad there are no SLI bridges though. I just recently replaced my 9800gtx+ with a 5850 so I would know that if this card is based on to g92 gtx+ chips then it is still good for almost all games and apps...
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    sonofliberty08 , January 22, 2010 12:59 AM
    how about recycle and remake the 8 series geforce card that can be convert to quadro fx ?
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