Albatron lets users upgrade to PCI Express gradually

Albatron Technology is enabling cash-strapped PC upgraders to use AGP 8x graphics cards with next-generation PCI Express (PCI-E) mainboards and so upgrade to PCI-E at their own pace.

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By  Matthew Wade Published  May 17, 2005

Albatron Technology is enabling cash-strapped PC upgraders to use AGP 8x graphics cards with next-generation PCI Express (PCI-E) mainboards and so upgrade to PCI-E at their own pace. This type of use is now possible thanks to the launch of what the firm claims is the world’s first AGP-8x to PCI-Express (PCI-E) bridge card. The functionality offered by this ‘ATOP’ (AGP-To-PCIe) card means a user can buy a PCI-E motherboard - to use as a base for a new super-quick PC or simply to replace a faulty board - but still use their current AGP x8 graphics card until they have the time or funds available to add a PCI-E graphics card. The user’s AGP-8x graphics card simply piggybacks on the ATOP card's AGP-8x slot, which is located on its top edge. The ATOP card is then plugged into the mainboard's PCI-Express slot. The only other installation requirements are replacing the bracket on the AGP-8x card with an ATOP bracket and installing the appropriate driver. The new card is available through Albatron's usual distributors.

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