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Galaxy GT 520 MDT Review


Closer Look:

The Galaxy GT 520 is a single-slot card based on NVIDIA's Fermi architecture and GF119 core. The card is small in size and measures only 6.25 inches in length. The front of the card has a heat sink that covers a large portion of the PCB. The back side of the card has some small surface mount components and the heat sink mounting screws.















Connectivity for the Galaxy GT 520 MDT includes a pair of DVI outputs that are used with the Dual DVI dongles to output the signal to a total of four 1080p DVI monitors. The back end of the card does not have any connections for additional board power meaning this discrete GPU should run on 75 watts or less. The GT 520 is not SLI capable and does not have any means to connect a second card in SLI mode.



The cooling solution for the Galaxy GT 520 MDT is an extruded aluminum part that has been cut to fit the card. In the center of the heat sink is a blue fan with the Galaxy logo on top. The back side of the fan does not shed any light on its manufacturer of origin.




The GT 520 has 48 CUDA cores, 48 Shader cores, 4 ROP's and 1GB of GDDR3 memory running on a 64 bit bus. Elpida memory part number EXJ11080P8C is used on this card. Eight modules are on board for a total of 1024MB.



The Galaxy GT 520 MDT is a low-end discrete card with a unique feature set. Let's see if it can capitalize on its abilities.



To utilize the multi-screen capabilities, Galaxy has included their EZY software application to set the monitor configuration into either split mode or merged mode. I used the latest version of this software downloaded directly from Galaxy for the testing. After using the EZY software to set the display configuration, the resolution is set in the NVIDIA control panel for each display. The simple interface is easy to use, and the users guide is thorough enough to explain the process. Galaxy also includes their Extreme Tuner overclocking tool that can be used in lieu of the commonly used Afterburner utility to overclock and monitor the card.



  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look: The Video Card
  3. Specifications & Features
  4. Testing: Setup & Overclocking
  5. Testing:
  6. Conclusion
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