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PCI-E x1 Graphics Performance with Galaxy GeForce 7300GT - Galaxy's PCI-E x1 7300GT

We check out PCI-E x1 graphics with Galaxy's GeForce 7300GT and see if there is any difference between it and x16 slots.

| NVIDIA GeForce GPU in Video Cards | Posted: Feb 6, 2007 5:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 8.5%      Manufacturer: Galaxy Technology

The Package

 

Sitting at the lower end of the scale we have ourselves a stylish-looking box that lists the main features of the card on the front of the box - 128MB of DDR-3 memory along with HDTV and DVI. The bottom left corner also shows us that the card is PCI-E x1 and tells us know that it supports Windows Vista along with what situations a PCI-E x1 graphics card might benefit you like we have just mentioned.

 

 

Turning the box over we have a run down on some of the features that are on offer from the card and some of the key features that are on offer from the nVidia 7 series graphics card.

 

 

The package is very slim like you would expect with a lower end card. Besides the S-Video cable we have an installation guide, driver CD and Graphics by Galaxy sticker to be placed on your case. With the card being such a good option for home theater PCs, it would have been nice to see some component HDTV cables included. It would have been even nicer to see some HDMI cables but unfortunately there is no HDMI support.

 

 

The Card

 

Card layout is very standard as you might have expected. We have a copper cooler on the front which is very quiet. We also have 128MB of DDR-3 Samsung memory and our normal bits and pieces plastid along the front.

 

 

The biggest stand out feature on the front of the card is of course the little PCI Express connector down the bottom. There is no denying that it is kind of weird to see a graphics card with the connector for the first time.

 

 

Quickly looking at the I/O side of things we have a single DVI connector (no HDCP support as mentioned) along with a VGA connector. Also included is of course the TV-Out port if you're going to a screen that doesn't support DVI or VGA. We hope that Galaxy choose to release a version that drops the DVI port and offers us HDMI as with the DDR-3 7300GT setup combined with the PCI-E x1 functionality, it would be an absolute killer HTPC card. As far as we know though, nVidia's partners are not supposed to be including HDMI on graphics cards under the GeForce 7600 series class.

 

 

Retail pricing will be around $99 USD (about $125 AUD) which puts it around the same price as a standard 7300GT DDR-3 card. We would have expected the Galaxy PCI-E x1 card to be cheaper although there is hardly any cards of this type out at the market so it would make sense that Galaxy don't need to be all that aggressive when it comes to pricing.

PNY GeForce 7300 GT, (256 MB) PCI Express Graphic Card

 

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