Seems like every bit in the GPU zone is battling it out. From the higher HD 6990 and GT 590 classes down to the lowest tier battlefields, the 2 GPU engine makers are definitely making it worth for your buck. A few days back, AMD Radeon released their low-end video card, HD 6450. Now, it's time for Nvidia to launch their counterpart on this field - the Geforce GT 520.
Nvidia GT 520 - 1GB DDR3
The GT 520 comes with 48 stream processors, this is equal to the previous generation GT 220. It's core clock comes with an amazing 810 MHz and shader clock at 1400 MHz. The low tier video card also comes at the 1GB memory at DDR3. The numbers definitely look promising on this green warrior. However, like all other low end cards, the GT 520 is stuck at the slower 64-bit memory interface. Though rendering and graphic capabilities may be limited in these type of cards, it does have a good stance on power consumption. The Nvidia GT520 has a TDP of 29W as the manufacturer claimed it to be with an idle rate of only 10W.

Like all other budget cards, we aren't expecting much for these mini monsters. We just expect them to run a good HTPC and consume much less than their stronger brothers. In the foreign market, the GT 520 comes with a price tag around US$60. In due time, this will also be in the Pinoy markets.

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