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We had to check the date just to make sure the past two decades weren't just one very long dream, one in which we've seen the accelerated graphics port (AGP) supplant PCI as the port of choice for graphics cards, which itself ended up being replaced by PCI Express. Unless this is the most elaborate hoax in the world, the year really is 2011, a fact that Zotac blatantly ignores with the release of a GeForce GT 520 videocard in PCI and PCI-E x1 form factors.
What's the point? According to Zotac, these cards are intended for users stuck with pre-built systems that have limited expansion capabilities. On the flip side, if you own a system so old that the only upgrade path is through a standard PCI slot, it's time to get a new rig. Not an option? In that case, maybe Zotac is onto something.
"Upgrading your graphics card is the easiest way to boost your system performance and gain new capabilities. The new Zotac GeForce GT 520 PCI and PCI Express x1 graphics cards shows that you can experience good graphics without upgrading the rest of your system," said Carsten Berger, marketing director, Zotac.
Both versions come with the same feature-set, such as DVI, HDMI, and VGA outputs, HDCP compliance, DirectX 11 support, 512MB DDR3 memory clocked at 1333MHz, a 64-bit memory bus, 48 unified shaders, 1620MHz shader clockspeed, 810MHz engine clockspeed, Full-HD video playback, and other odds and ends.
The PCI version will ship in 1996 Zotac didn't say when the cards will ship or how much they'll cost.
Image Credit: Zotac