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SPARKLE Unveils GeForce 210/GT220/GT240 PCI Express x1 Graphics Cards

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SPARKLE Computer Co., Ltd., the professional VGA card manufacturer and supplier, today unveils the SPARKLE GeForce 210/GT220/GT240 PCI Express x1 Graphics Cards, creating upgrade possibility for user's generic PC, providing 1080p HD video acceleration, DX10.1 gaming and premium Windows 7 experience for ordinary users.

With latest PCI Express technology, SPARKLE GeForce 210/GT220/GT240 PCI Express x1 Graphics Cards use PCI Express x1 bus type, they can be added on the motherboard which have at least one PCI Express x1 slot as the second graphics card, providing multiple monitors supports for computer users and certain industries, in addition to industrial users, they also support the upgrading of Intel Pine Trail motherboard which has only one PCI Express x1 slot.

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Would love to have a GT240 as physX card ... but low profile cards have heat issues AFAIK ... :( ...
 
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These will probably cost an arm, a leg and a kidney. Although I would definitely like that PCIe x1 GT240 to try some whacky configurations with it... Like SLIing two of those on the PCIe x1 slots of a motherboard just to see how that works....
 
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Would love to have a GT240 as physX card ... but low profile cards have heat issues AFAIK ... :( ...
That card wouldn't have heat issues. PhysX won't max it out either way. :)
 

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These would be good as PhysX cards because they use a single PCI-e x1 slot, but if you're wanting an actual card, I'm willing to bet these would be more expensive than the PCI-e x16 models because they are a novelty.

Good idea anyways. Saves people breaking their PCI-e slots to get a PhysX card in their system when all they ahve left over is a PCI-e x1.

EDIT: Just looking through some more of the marketing crap, are they seriously marketing CUDA on these things as if no other NVIDIA card has it? Oh right, the GeForce 8400GS, 8500GT, 8600GT 8800GT, 8800GTX, 8800GTS, 8800 Ultra, 9400, 9500, 9600, 9800, GTX 260, 275, 280, 285, 295, 460, 465, 470, 480 and the various new onboard nForce chips don't have it do they.

Kind of a redundant marketing campaign.
 
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damn nice, then i can add a couple of 240s as folders in the x1 slots, sweet
 
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That Sparkle looks really nice. If it's really gonna deliver what it's promised then I'm so buying this!
 

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The idea of having a pair of those in SLI is pretty confusing. More performance, but bottlenecked by x1? But for physx, this looks like a good idea.
 
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The idea of having a pair of those in SLI is pretty confusing. More performance, but bottlenecked by x1? But for physx, this looks like a good idea.
Oh, it isn't a serious configuration. I am just really intrigued by trying something like that.
 

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Driver hacks or something might actually make it possible. But it WILL be cheaper (and have more performance) to just get a better card in the first place.
 
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Driver hacks or something might actually make it possible. But it WILL be cheaper (and have more performance) to just get a better card in the first place.
I am pretty sure it'll work on any SLI capable board, which will of course beg the question why would someone do something this silly on that board (which will have two PCIe x16 slots anyway). I am just interested in the academic side of that: What the performance will be like.
 
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Even though they are made either here (Taiwan) or in China, They don't sell PCI x1 or PCI cards in Taiwan....:ohwell:
 

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this is friggen awesome, I've been waiting for something decent in the way of pci-e 1x cards for a while now, a GT240 sounds easily beefy enough.
 

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hey is this a good PhysX card i am looking for one it have to go along my ati 4890
PM me thx
 
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I bought a EVGA GeForce 210 the other day and it didn't support Phsyx i was so disappointed.
 
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I bought a EVGA GeForce 210 the other day and it didn't support Phsyx i was so disappointed.
Not that I want to question your choice, but what did you expect?
Most people here are running 8800, 9800, 9600, GTS 240/250 for PhysX, the GTS 210 is way to weak and too cheap to be moderately advanced and support such features.
 

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I bought a EVGA GeForce 210 the other day and it didn't support Phsyx i was so disappointed.
its a pity alright, it needs to have a minimum number of CUDA cores to qualify, having said that, with only 16 CUDA cores you wont get good PhysX performance.
 
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I don't think you're going to be able to SLI these. Firstly because it appears that there are no connectors for SLI bridges (and even with these low-powered cards, SLI would get bottlenecked with only x1 bandwidth and no bridge), and secondly because PCI Express x1 and x16 slots are typically controlled/configured differently—x1 slots aren't intended for graphics applications and thus aren't configured for SLI, even on motherboards with SLI functionality on the x16 slots. If anyone has more in-depth info on that, correct me if I'm wrong.

If you really want to use an x1 slot for something like folding, you can simply cut through one end of the x1 slot so that an x16 card will plug into it (or use an open-ended/modified riser if you're more comfortable with that).
 
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