Tuesday, March 17th 2009

Albatron Releases PCI-E x1-supportive 9500 GT Accelerator

Albatron today introduced a new graphics card touting compatibility with single-lane PCI-Express interface. The Albatron GeForce 9500GT PCI-E 1X, as the name suggests, is an entry-level graphics accelerator which is compliant with most of the current generation standards. It is based on the NVIDIA GeForce 9500 GT, which gives it a fair chance to make it to HTPCs and multi-head display setups. Being based on PCI-E x1 bus, the card will fit into a PCI-Express slot of any length and generation.

The GeForce 9500 GT provides 32 stream processors, and is CUDA-supportive. The card packs 256 MB of DDR2 memory clocked at 1400 MHz. The core and shader domains are clocked at 550 MHz and 1375 MHz respectively. The card uses a half height PCB, and comes with a low-profile bracket. DVI and composite connectors are provided on the card, while a header extends out a D-Sub connector. HDMI is supported by means of a dongle. The card relays audio to the HDMI connector from an SPDIF source. Albatron will price this card well within the US $100 mark.
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19 Comments on Albatron Releases PCI-E x1-supportive 9500 GT Accelerator

#1
FreedomEclipse
~Technological Technocrat~
am i the only one thinking that this G.card will see somewhat limited use???
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DanTheBanjoman
SeƱor Moderator
A normal 9500 GT costs just over half that here, so why not just buy a normal one and mod it yourself to be a x1 card? It's not like warranty is a real issue when you can buy two anyway.
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mdm-adph
by: DanTheBanjoman
A normal 9500 GT costs just over half that here, so why not just buy a normal one and mod it yourself to be a x1 card? It's not like warranty is a real issue when you can buy two anyway.
Can you be a little bit more descriptive? I've got an image in my mind of someone taking a hacksaw to a x16 card, and I hope that's not what you're talking about. :laugh:
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btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
by: mdm-adph
Can you be a little bit more descriptive? I've got an image in my mind of someone taking a hacksaw to a x16 card, and I hope that's not what you're talking about. :laugh:
You will need some cutting. Either you make a notch after one lane's pins, or you cut the rest of the interface. Anyway, the price is said to be well within $100, not that it's priced at $100.
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#5
PVTCaboose1337
Graphical Hacker
Quite cool, but I just sawed down my old 7900gt to a 1x slot size, it fit and it works!
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#6
ShadowFold
This would make a good PhysX card... if anything ever uses it..
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#7
AwesomeX
by: mdm-adph
Can you be a little bit more descriptive? I've got an image in my mind of someone taking a hacksaw to a x16 card, and I hope that's not what you're talking about. :laugh:
That's exactly what he's talking about. Either that or use that same hacksaw on the slot itself.
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PVTCaboose1337
Graphical Hacker
They should have sold it as "convertible 16x to 1x card" and have the 16x part just snap off if the user wanted. That would have been cool.
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mdm-adph
by: btarunr
You will need some cutting. Either you make a notch after one lane's pins, or you cut the rest of the interface. Anyway, the price is said to be well within $100, not that it's priced at $100.
by: AwesomeX
That's exactly what he's talking about. Either that or use that same hacksaw on the slot itself.
Well, slap me around and call me Suzy.

You're telling me that all those extra slot pins -- let's use a pic of my friend Mr. Sparkle here for example -- don't do anything?
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#10
Katanai
by: ShadowFold
This would make a good PhysX card... if anything ever uses it..
Yeah that's about the only use I see for it. Or to drive extra monitors perhaps.
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btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
by: mdm-adph
Well, slap me around and call me Suzy.

You're telling me that all those extra slot pins -- let's use a pic of my friend Mr. Sparkle here for example -- don't do anything?
Learn how PCI-Express interface works.

http://media.bestofmicro.com/B/D/98905/original/pcie-slot-big.gif

If you seal or disconnect the rest of the pins, the device won't be dysfunctional, it's bandwidth goes down. So Albatron here, connected only one lane to the GPU. Assuming the 9500 GT can make do with more than 250 MB/s of interface bandwidth, they've deliberately bottlenecked it for the sake of PCI-E x1.

Here's a read: http://www.overclockers.com.au/article.php?id=395983
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#13
mdm-adph
by: btarunr
Learn how PCI-Express interface works.

http://media.bestofmicro.com/B/D/98905/original/pcie-slot-big.gif

If you seal or disconnect the rest of the pins, the device won't be dysfunctional, it's bandwidth goes down. So Albatron here, connected only one lane to the GPU. Assuming the 9500 GT can make do with more than 250 MB/s of interface bandwidth, they've deliberately bottlenecked it for the sake of PCI-E x1.

Here's a read: http://www.overclockers.com.au/article.php?id=395983
Well, I'll be damned. I'm going to start sawing away on some boards now.

Hopefully I'll have more luck than the guy in that tutorial, who ruined his card. :shadedshu

I tell you, I've done lots of weird things to hardware in my years, but I've never taken a saw to something! Can't say I'd recommend it to anyone else, either -- if it's as easy to ruin as the guy did in the tutorial, count me out.
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#14
u2konline
Good to see someone supporting old hardware :)
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#15
Error 404
by: u2konline
Good to see someone supporting old hardware :)
Thats not old hardware, thats juts PCI-Ex1, which is the really short little PCI-E bus on most motherboards. Its mainly used for sound/network/TV cards, and since it has relatively low bandwidth most graphics cards don't use it.
So its NOT PCI, if thats what you're thinking.

It would make a nice physics card though.
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#16
Hayder_Master
i see the title be Albatron Releases an physics card
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#17
JohnstonOctober
Anyone wouldnt happen to know when this will be released would they?
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#18
Taz100420
Good thing I have a 9500 GT 1024MB X16 card to fit in my X1 slot :D
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#19
PP Mguire
Or just put the 16x card in the 1x slot? :wtf:

If the back on the slot is there then take it off. 16x cards will work in 1x slots without hacking away.
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