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Sparkle GeForce 8500 outfitted with PCI interface (yes; old PCI)

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Take a look at the passively-cooled graphics card, shown above, and what do you think stands out?

We can tell you that it's a Sparkle GeForce 8500 GT. You can probably discern that much by the lettering on the PCB. Nothing wholly surprising there.

Now, take a look at the interface. It's not PCI-Express or, for that matter, AGP.

Veteran PC users will recognise the PCI interface.

So why such a bandwidth-limited interface on a modern-day £60 graphics card? Sparkle's representatives pointed out that the SKU exists to serve a market where neither faster interconnect is available - certain servers, for example. Indeed, the protocol conversion is an interesting topic in itself.

Performance, obviously, will take a hit compared to full-bandwidth PCIe, but we can see the appeal, even it lies within a niche market.
http://www.hexus.net/content/item.php?item=8982

Does anyone even bother using PCI anymore??...
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My MiniITX Nehemiah board only has a single PCI slot.
    
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Wow... this is now the fastest PCI video card!
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Finally, a video card upgrade for my Dell!
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Finally, a video card upgrade for my Dell!
Same here, If I ever feel like upgrading it (Mom's computer). I am sure the crappy Celeron will bottleneck it though, not the PCI slot.
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This is sweet. PCI is useful for a spare cheap card if your main one dies.
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if its cheap i may have a upgrade. Stupid emachine has no slots exept pci and a PC x1550 is 150$... Im thinking about a FX_5500 Though (Better then intel extreme2 and Has DX9 support.
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the pcie 8500 is supposed to be under 50 bucks... not sure about the pci version...

EDIT:
sorry... the 8400 is supposed to be under 50 bucks... not the 8500...
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PCI-E ~ 2500Mhz!
PCI ~ 150Mhz (If i remember correctly.)

What does this mean?! BOTTLENECK!!!!!!!!!!!
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Turn your oldest rig into the snazziest, albiet cheapest, HTPC in town.
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