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Two Is Always Better than One: Galaxy Readies Dual-GeForce 8800 GTS Masterpiece

Originally a maker of affordable graphics cards, Galaxy Technology has been reinventing itself as a manufacturer of high-performance offerings for several years now. At CeBIT 2007 trade-show Galaxy could show off several unique offerings that are not available from other manufacturers and also reveled plans to make dual-GPU GeForce 8800 GTS graphics cards.

Currently Galaxy is the only company who sells PCI Express x1 graphics card based on Nvidia GeForce graphics processor, allowing to upgrade a system with no PCI Express x16 slot available. Even though performance of the GeForce 7300 GT will hardly satisfy a demanding gamer, the graphics board may still be the fastest one for PCIe x1, as options from Matrox Graphics or HIS (Radeon X1300-series) have even slower performance in 3D.

Galaxy is also the only company who ships GeForce 7900 GS graphics card with HDMI connector. Even though any graphics card with DVI may support HDMI using a special adapter, it is still much more convenient to plug a TV or any other device without using additional converters and adapters.

In a bid to offer its customers truly unique products, Galaxy unveiled Masterpiece-series graphics cards last year. The Masterpiece boards are fully developed by the company’s own engineers and are not made according to Nvidia’s reference design. Currently there are three models in the Masterpiece family: dual-GPU GeForce 7600 GT, dual-GPU GeForce 7900 GS and dual-GPU GeForce 7900 GT.

Since Nvidia itself promoted its dual-chip GeForce 7950 GX2 last year, the Masterpiece-series from Galaxy did not become popular, as it had nothing unique to offer and those dual-chip boards could only function with mainboards based on Nvidia nForce4-/5-/6-series chipsets. This year Galaxy wants to unveil dual-GPU GeForce 8800 GTS graphics card and since we have never heard of dual-chip GeForce 8800 GTS solutions from Nvidia, Galaxy may find itself being the producer of the world’s highest-performance graphics card.

Unfortunately, there are no details about dual-GPU GeForce 8800 GTS available at the moment, but representatives for Galaxy claim that the GPUs will retain 320-bit memory bus and will still have 96 unified shader processors. The product is projected to be released by mid-2007.

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