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Although it seems to not even be released, the Splendid HD1 PCIe x1 card is already getting a big brother named Splendid HD MA3850M image enhancement card.
Clearly the article is addressing the big brother to the 1x card, which is what is pictured and spoken about.

Now for what I'm really bumping it about; it's a lot more interesting than at first glance.

http://www.tgdaily.com/content/view/37347/135/

It's upgradable, and apparently with a respectable longevity as well.

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Called Splendid HD 3850M, this card doesn’t look like anything special, until you remove the dual-slot cooler. What you can see then is a MXM card with a RV670 chip and 512 MB of memory attached to the PCB that contains the Splendid HD video processor: The video processor features 12-bit gamma correction, 7-region color enhancement and dynamic contrast engine.
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Thanks to a modular design, you will be able to upgrade to upcoming MXM modules, including ATI’s RV770 and RV870 chips (Radeon HD 4800, 5800 series). Interestingly, there should be no issue to put a Nvidia-GPU based MXM module onto this card, since there is no limiting logic.

Using this design, you can imagine a future where users will upgrade their graphics experience simply by buying a small module. If you would have to buy just the GPU and memory, this approach would actually lead to less money being spent, since you don't need to buy the complete card over and over again.

This new line of products appears to be much more than an engineering exercise. We hope to see future designs incorporating HDMI-in on graphics cards too, just like on the much anticipated professional sound card, Xonar AV1 .

Asus is now on track of doing something new, something that can put them clearly ahead of the competition.
edit, some links:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mobile_PCI_Express_Module
http://www.nvidia.com/page/mxm.html

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Any Graphics Solution from Any Vendor
By creating a consistent graphics interface across notebook designs, MXM allows manufacturers to utilize the best graphics solution available at any time, giving consumers a wider selection of the latest products.

Delivery Vehicle for NVIDIA Next-Generation GPUs
Customers are extremely excited about ramping new graphics architectures into the market as soon as possible, particularly NVIDIA’s highly anticipated next-generation products.
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You beat me to it, still needs a bump though since no one caught it, but yeh 3 gpu's, each on their own little board with their own ram that can be swapped out, all on one card?

Plus it can be upgraded to rv770.

I bet if someone made a card with two gigs of ddr4 with a 512bit controller, I bet it would last a while if they put a socket on it so you could just replace the gpu itself.
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Hmmn, I might actually buy one of them if I can, esp. if I can get a HD4xxx later on.
    
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