Sunday, September 26th 2010

Galaxy Designs Mysterious GeForce GTX 460 2 GB Card with Mini-PCIe Onboard

NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 460 graphics processor (GPU) can be crammed into some very short GPUs, as has been implemented in various designs. Galaxy has taken advantage of this, and designed a GeForce GTX 460 2 GB (256-bit GDDR5) graphics card with nearly the same length as other high-end GeForce 400 series SKUs (ballpark 10-inches), with room towards its connectors for an additional PCI-Express device. Just near PCI-Express x16 interface, there is a mini PCI-Express x1 slot, that technically can take a mini-PCIe SSD or any other PCI-E device. While Galaxy is notorious for coming up with the most wacky yet intriguing designs the most plausible utility we see of this mini-PCIe slot is perhaps an optional addon board with a smaller GPU for processing PhysX, or a mini-PCIe TV tuner (notebook grade). Aside from this, connectors include a DVI, a DisplayPort, a mini-USB (female), a switch, and a 10-pin header right behind it. Galaxy will detail this mysterious card further soon, the company told press that when released, it will be an "unprecedented design".

Source: Expreview
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43 Comments on Galaxy Designs Mysterious GeForce GTX 460 2 GB Card with Mini-PCIe Onboard

#1
Kantastic
by: Phxprovost
:wtf:
What exactly is the benefit of having a wireless nic on your gpu?
I would find a use for it, for people with mATX or mITX (like me), not having to have a USB adapter is a big bonus.

Edit: Whoops, never mind. Not what I thought it was.
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#3
_JP_
Oh, I really thought it would be something like that dual GF100 I linked earlier... :( (is it still going to be made? :D)
Well, it's nice that you're coming up with new innovative stuff.
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#4
Completely Bonkers
"WHDI-fook" thought of this brilliant idea?
...and a game can be enjoyed on the basement projector without moving the gaming console from the kids' bedroom.
Great. Will need to invest in some rather long controller cables then. ROFL

And this?
With WHDI, the TV in the living room can show movies from the Blu-Ray player in the bedroom,
Will need to keep running into another room to pause the video, or deal with menu-selection. Oh man, that menu will be a nightmare. Player in one room, infra remote in same room, TV in another... can't see what you're doing...
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#5
Bundy
by: Completely Bonkers
"WHDI-fook" thought of this brilliant idea?



Great. Will need to invest in some rather long controller cables then. ROFL

And this?



Will need to keep running into another room to pause the video, or deal with menu-selection. Oh man, that menu will be a nightmare. Player in one room, infra remote in same room, TV in another... can't see what you're doing...
Those issues might be solved with WHDI input devices (if they exist)
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#6
neoxalucard
by: Completely Bonkers
"WHDI-fook" thought of this brilliant idea?



Great. Will need to invest in some rather long controller cables then. ROFL

And this?



Will need to keep running into another room to pause the video, or deal with menu-selection. Oh man, that menu will be a nightmare. Player in one room, infra remote in same room, TV in another... can't see what you're doing...
Those wacky situations could be annoying, but it sounds more like lack of fore sight on the users end.

Aside from all of that, since when is having fewer cables a bad thing?
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#7
Steevo
Public attention, for a piece of well..........
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#8
MikeX
mini-pcie runs at pci-e x1, so you would ended up running x15 or something :roll:
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#9
Aleksander
I am pretty sure that card wont make it to the market.
This because the innovations of galaxy are a bit of too imaginative
making them not functional or not that great
Think about it:
They have already made physx chips inside the pcb of the card.
The only thing that makes me think to be putted inside that x1 is a sound card
This because instead of being used by a south bridge, which is slow,
it will pass from the x1 to x16 and than to northbridge, making less usage from southbridge
This idea is really stupid because the people who made mobos why didn't they connect
the sound card to the northbridge, but putted it in southbridge?
ABSOLUTELY STUPID GALAXY!!!! BRAVO!!!
Any of your innovations did make it to the market??? (except the removable fan of graphic card)
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#10
Mussels
Moderprator
well the 1x slot is a good idea, they just need to decide on what to PUT there.

useful things? HDTV tuner/capture card would be nice.
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#11
_JP_
LOL @ rage comment.
by: Aleksander Dishnica
I am pretty sure that card wont make it to the market. Pessimist!
This because the innovations of galaxy are a bit of too imaginative Whats wrong with that? As long as there is somebody to buy them...
making them not functional or not that great
Think about it:
They have already made physx chips inside the pcb of the card. Which would be great if they made it functional. Most likely they stomped into driver problems.
The only thing that makes me think to be putted inside that x1 is a sound card Why stop there? Maybe a TV card, or a USB 3.0 hub, or a blow up doll, or a Wi-Fi card, or a card reader/SSD slot, etc...
This because instead of being used by a south bridge, which is slow, (Because it doesn't neeed to be fast)
it will pass from the x1 to x16 and than to northbridge, making less usage from southbridge
This idea is really stupid because the people who made mobos why didn't they connect
the sound card to the northbridge, but putted it in southbridge? Well, mainly because the southbridge is a I/O hub. It was specified to handle slower functioning components of a computer, like a sound card. The southbridge's internal speed is enough for onboard sound cards, thus putting the sound card in the northbridge a waste of resources. And, on top of all, it was designed to be this way from the start.
ABSOLUTELY STUPID GALAXY!!!! BRAVO!!! My sarcasm radar exploded with this one.
Any of your innovations did make it to the market??? (except the removable fan of graphic card) (Well, at least they're trying! It's not like your coming up with anything to help)
Also, did it ever came up to you that the fact that this would carry a sound card would be a good idea?
I don't know if you are aware, but some people actually buy discrete sound cards for better audio quality (for numerous reasons), instead of relying on the onboard that might not be so good. So with this idea, those users could add the card onto the GPU slot and be able to save another slot (and space) for another card, possibly a GPU for SLI (marketing trick).
Useless comment is useless.
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#12
Aleksander
When i saw your quote i asked myself if i wrote the things in bold :P
After reading it i want to comment smth
I mentioned the sound card because it is the most "HEAVY" thing that slot would add
and it can make more space for the bridge. This is an idea, just like galaxy with the slot
Not only people buy it for better audio quality, but i know that they don't want it integrated
because it will make the bridge "heavier" and after reading a lot of reviews about sound cards
it turned up that the card itself used cpu if it was integrated. So putting it in that slot
would make no use at all for the cpu, more space and it can be utilized like a gpu+spu (my idea)
to make programs of music which virtualize the beeps of sounds into heavy graphical virtualizations (like winamp, but much more complex) and don't tell me what i said is not a unique idea!
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#13
_JP_
Ah, a more elaborate comment at last. :toast:
I wouldn't see it as the device that would be the most heavy (assuming you're talking about bandwidth), but one of the heavier ones. Considering what you've said (the GPU+SPU in one slot), that would be a nice feature. But by music programs turning sound bits into visualizations is what most (if not all) media players do and, if you want something more advanced, try AudioSurf.
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#16
squallho1
Galaxy Representative
by: Aleksander Dishnica
I am pretty sure that card wont make it to the market.
This because the innovations of galaxy are a bit of too imaginative
making them not functional or not that great
Think about it:
They have already made physx chips inside the pcb of the card.
The only thing that makes me think to be putted inside that x1 is a sound card
This because instead of being used by a south bridge, which is slow,
it will pass from the x1 to x16 and than to northbridge, making less usage from southbridge
This idea is really stupid because the people who made mobos why didn't they connect
the sound card to the northbridge, but putted it in southbridge?
ABSOLUTELY STUPID GALAXY!!!! BRAVO!!!
Any of your innovations did make it to the market??? (except the removable fan of graphic card)
It's not for adding a sound card or 2nd GPU to the card, it's the first WHDI integrated Graphics Card on the market. :)

See our press release here:
http://www.galaxytech.com/en/newsview.aspx?id=671

I can assure you you will see reviews on this soon (one for Techpowerup may be? I need to contact our Europe representatives...)

And for the Dual Fermi and PhysX stuffs, I could not comment much on why we cancelled our product, all I can say is our design is ready, our PCB is ready, even our cooling solution is ready. However "someone" is stopping us from making it to the market.....
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#17
squallho1
Galaxy Representative
by: Completely Bonkers
"WHDI-fook" thought of this brilliant idea?



Great. Will need to invest in some rather long controller cables then. ROFL

And this?



Will need to keep running into another room to pause the video, or deal with menu-selection. Oh man, that menu will be a nightmare. Player in one room, infra remote in same room, TV in another... can't see what you're doing...
We have found a way to solve this issue, but pls let me keep this little secret for a while :)
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#18
Mussels
Moderprator
by: squallho1
We have found a way to solve this issue, but pls let me keep this little secret for a while :)
at a guess, you're throwing USB over the same signal, so players can hook up a USB hub and connect the controlers/mouse/keyboard/remove receiver to the receiver on the TV side. that could work well.
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