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No we didn't forget the "e", it is actually PCI

VisionTek has released the first PCI graphics card since the NVIDIA GeForce FX5200 and ATI Radeon 9250 was available in PCI. The new VisionTek Radeon X1300 256MB PCI provides users that lack AGP or PCI Express expansion capabilities with a new upgrade path. Based on the ATI Radeon X1300 graphics processor, the VisionTek Radeon X1300 256MB PCI features four pixel shaders and two vertex shaders. It also features a 450 MHz core and 533 MHz memory clock.

Features such as ATI’s AVIVO video processing is also supported with the VisionTek Radeon X1300 256MB PCI. Output capabilities of the VisionTek Radeon X1300 256MB PCI include VGA d-sub, dual-link DVI-I and TV-out. Component HDTV, S-Video and composite video out capabilities are supported, though a separate cable or adapter is required. VisionTek does not bundle the required TV-out adapters or cables.

The VisionTek Radeon X1300 256MB PCI is available immediately from online and bricks and mortar retailers for $129.99.

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Alittle to Much?
By formulav8 on 9/2/2006 8:42:21 PM , Rating: 1
Does anyone else feel the card is alittle to expensive for what it is? I know PCI of this type will run a premium, but I would NOT expect a $130 card of this type, especially with this chipset. Maybe $90 or so would have been good? Or am I thinking in the wrong terms?

Is the PCI bridge that this card is evidentally using that complicated and expensive to implement? Or are they just trying to capitalize on it being a rare item for that market?


RE: Alittle to Much?
By johnsonx on 9/3/2006 4:56:20 PM , Rating: 2
It is rather a niche product; they can't depend on huge volume to make up for the narrow margins on the mainstream cards.

There're only two obvious markets for this card: First, those with AGP-based multi-monitor setups who want a PCI board to run more monitors, but need at least a bit of DX9 GPU power. Second, those with relatively recent computers with onboard video but no AGP or PCIe slot who want to do some low-end gaming or upgrade to Vista when it comes out. Both of those are small markets.

At the moment it's the only even vaguely powerful DX9 board available for PCI, period.

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