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While the majority of personal computers shipped  today come with PCI Express bus, there are some machines which have no PCI Express x16 slot for graphics cards and there are numerous deployed systems that do have neither modern PCI Express x16, nor outdated accelerated graphics port (AGP) slot, only PCI. Especially for those there is an ATI Radeon X1300 graphics card with PCI interface.

Computer stores in Tokyo, Japan, are about to start selling ATI Radeon X1300-based graphics cards with PCI interface, which means that the devices can be installed into any systems running more or less powerful processors released throughout the last 5 – 6 years. While the boards are marked as KuroutoShikou, the latter is actually a local brand, which resells products made by original equipment manufacturers. In particular case, the Japanese company indicates that GeCube makes the appropriate graphics cards for it.

The graphics card marked as RX1300-LP128H uses PLX Technology PEX 8111 PCI Express-to-PCI Bridge to allow the Radeon X1300 visual processing unit with native PCI Express interface to work on mainboards with PCI slots only.

ATI Radeon X1300 graphics processing unit features four pixel processors, four texturing units and two vertex processors. The chip is compliant with DirectX 9.0 shader model 3.0 and can support Windows Vista premium Aero interface. The particular RX1300-LP128H graphics card clocks the chip at 450MHz, sports 128MB 533MHz GDDR2 memory (with 32-bit bus width), D-Sub and DVI-I interfaces, according to Akiba PC Hotline web-site.

The product is not positioned as an upgrade option for a machine intended for gaming, but rather than a device to replace a damaged graphics card in an office computer. Previously ATI offered Radeon 7000 and Radeon 9200/9250 solutions for PCI bus, whereas partners of rival Nvidia Corp. offered GeForce 5500 and GeForce 6200-class products for PCI bus.

GeCube currently does not list the RX1300-LP128H on its web-site and the pricing of the part is not clear.


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