In a bid to differentiate itself from its rivals, Galaxy Technology, a maker of graphics card, has introduced its first Masterpiece-series product, which carries two graphics processing units (GPUs).
Masterpiece is a new family of products offered by Galaxy Technology, the company said. The new series will provide users extreme performance and exceptional quality of components, the firm stressed. The manufacturer explained that for Masterpiece series it would develop separate print-circuit boards and use higher quality capacitors and inductors compared to competing solutions. Additionally, the company plans to offer only exclusive solutions with its Masterpiece series.
“Galaxy is about to set up a brand new product line, which offers the card at a worth to buy price with excellent performance and best quality available! Masterpiece series are specially targeted products for the most demanding DIY end-users audience,” a statement by the company reads.
The first graphics board in the series is Galaxy Masterpiece dual-7600 GT, which is based on two GeForce 7600 GT graphics processors and 512MB of GDDR3 memory (256MB per chip). Just as recommended by Nvidia, the GPU is clocked at 560MHz, while the memory operates at 1400MHz. Given that every GeForce 7600 GT chip has 12 pixel processors, end-users will get 24 pixel processors in total with the two chips that function in multi-GPU SLI mode. Since the graphics card does not use any PCI Express bridges, the compatibility of the product is limited to Nvidia nForce SLI chipsets,
The is Galaxy Masterpiece dual-7600 GT will reach stores in August and the company plans to sell it for ?250 ($320) in the European Union, which is a little below the cost of two GeForce 7600 GT graphics boards.
The first product in the new Masterpiece family seems to be technologically advanced, however, its positioning is not completely clear. Performance-demanding customers are likely to choose between the GeForce 7900 GTX, GeForce 7950 GX2 or Radeon X1900 XTX these days, while price-conscious buyers are more likely to look at the GeForce 7900 GT, GeForce 7600 GT or competing offerings, as such customers may not have a mainboard powered by the nForce chipsets with SLI support.