Palit has chosen to design their own PCB and uses a custom cooling solution. A transparent peel-off-foil on the cooler (not pictured here) protects it from scratches.
Palit has designed the card to occupy two slots in the system, with the cooler being about 1.5 slots tall. This means that even in a full case there will be plenty of space for the cooler to suck in air.
The card has one analog VGA port, one DVI port and and one HDMI port. For a low-end graphics card, this is a very reasonable output configuration since many low-end PC users still use CRTs. For media PC users the HDMI output enables an easy way to hook up their graphics card to the big screen without any adapter cables or converters.
As mentioned before, NVIDIA has slightly changed how their HDMI Audio works. Instead of connecting an SPDIF output from your sound card to the graphics card, the card features its own audio device now. According to NVIDIA "fully uncompressed 7.1 LPCM" is supported, as far as I know the CPU will take care of decoding the audio from other formats into LPCM. Please note that this means that you can not send encoded formats like DTS over the wire to be processed in the TV/receiver. 7.1 LPCM is basically 8 uncompressed WAV streams being sent at the same time.
While there are no SLI connectors, it is possible to put two of these cards in SLI mode for better performance and data will be transferred via the PCI-Express bus.
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