nVidia Introduces Dual GPU Systems

nVidia has decided to give new life to an old Voodoo concept and has announced nVidia SLI which will allow multiple GeForce 6 Series or Quadro graphics cards to operate in a single PC or workstation for increased graphics horsepower. Appearing later this year in PCI Express-based PCs and workstations from the world's top manufacturers, the new nVidia SLI technology will take full advantage of the additional bandwidth and features of this new high-bandwidth bus architecture.

Interestingly enough Alienware, who will also be launching its own Video Array dual GPU system in Q4 2004 (ALX), is also listed as a partner. nVidia seems to be creating a product which will allow other system builders to compete with Alienware, this competition however will leave Alienware with one advantage over its rivals, that its own setup will, most probably, support ATI cards as well. It will be interesting to see how this battle of the ultimate PC will progress, especially since it may well develop into a battle between system builders.

nVidia SLI is a patent-pending hardware and software solution that enables system builders to connect two PCI Express-based GeForce 6 Series or Quadro graphics boards on their PCI Express-compatible motherboards. The technology features an intelligent communication protocol embedded in the GPU and a high-speed digital interface on the graphics board to facilitate data flow. A complete suite of software provides dynamic load balancing, and advanced rendering and compositing to ensure smooth frame rates and outstanding image quality.

Unreal Engine 3 has an insatiable appetite for fill rate and polygon throughput, running shader programs of 50-100 instructions per pixel to achieve advanced per-pixel lighting and material shading. nVidia's SLI technology running on PCI Express motherboards provides an incredible performance increase of up to 2x, bringing next-generation gaming up to even higher resolutions and frame rates, stated Tim Sweeney, founder and president, EPIC Games.

Systems based on SLI multi-GPU technology are expected to become available in the second half of 2004 from the world's leading PC and workstation manufacturers including:

-Alienware - North America, Europe
-Atelco Computer - Germany
-Boxx Technologies - North America
-Falcon Northwest - North America
-Mouse Computer Japan (MCJ Co., LTD) - Japan
-Network Technical - Sweden
-Paradigit - Holland
-Scan Computers - UK
-TSUKUMO Co., Ltd. - Japan
-UNITCOM INC - Japan
-Velocity Micro - North America
-ThirdWave Corporation - Japan
-VoodooPC - North America

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nVidia Introduces Dual GPU Systems

If you look at the SLI geforce setup, the cards need to sit one on top of eachother. One card gets some ventilation while the other gets none. Me thinks that you'll have one toasted card after a short while. At least alienware is looking into watercooling for their setup.And my god man, how much power will 2 of these beasts need.

nVidia Introduces Dual GPU Systems

I was just doing some reading on Tom's Hardware, they said that this product from Nvidia will be available for us to buy. Which mean i will just build my own PC, i will just visit newegg.com and buy me a new CPU,motherboard and 2 Nvidia graphics cards. Then i'll buy this sync product. Heres the link from Tom's Hardware[url removed]

nVidia Introduces Dual GPU Systems

HMM... I want to build a gaming comp.I will need: SLI System $300, DUEL GeForce 6800 $1000, DUEL x16 PCI Express sloted motherbourd $???, wow this is just to support ur graphics solution not to mention all the other stuff u need. Looks like u need lots of $$$$$

nVidia Introduces Dual GPU Systems

*Sigh* Idiots the lot of you. I was going to say something but after reading all the stupidity, the whining, the supposed "problems with the idea", I yield. Do any of you think about possible solutions before you open your mouths and shit comes out?

nVidia Introduces Dual GPU Systems

This is kinda funny... few years back when everyone was starting to diss on the voodoos and their multiple chip systems.. and yet look where we ended up, predicting that in a few years most of us will own multiple video card systems or multiple chip video cards.. funny stuff

nVidia Introduces Dual GPU Systems

Hey soulraver what else was to be expected. They own 3DFX it was bound to happen and with the problems they seem to be having developing more efficent and faster chips for the last year or so it seems like their only way out of the rut.hmmmm just like what happen to 3DFX before nVidia bought it... if it happens again I see a trend forming.

nVidia Introduces Dual GPU Systems

C'mon people. Learn how to read an entire atricle. The SLI system will not be that much. The little dongle will prolly only cost like 10-25 dollars. You can use any 6800 cards and possibly even the lower versions of the 6xxx series. You do not, i repeat YOU DO NOT need a dual processor system. The motherboards will most likely only cost 5-20 dollars more for the Dual PCIx-16x(and they will be stocked with options like onbard SATA and packed to the teeth with options)Once again i say learn to fricken READ!Finally, the ALX by alienware will be significantly more expensive as they are using somone esles patent. They are also using two-cards plus an additional video out card to interleave the videocard images. Not only that but finally you don't have to buy two cards rite away to use SLI. You could go buy ur GF6800 cheapo version. Say "Hey I want a to play the newer games faster that just came out. I don't want to spen another $500 dollars just to get a 20% increase in graphics for the newest best version. Instead i will pay $300 for another card and the SLI adapter and get a 90% performance increase"This is what SLI is all about the option to upgrade without having to ditch ur old card and to save money(granted the added performance is nice too) :-)

nVidia Introduces Dual GPU Systems

If you look at the SLI geforce setup, the cards need to sit one on top of eachother. One card gets some ventilation while the other gets none. Me thinks that you'll have one toasted card after a short while. At least alienware is looking into watercooling for their setup.not really... nvidia will probly change the heatsink design of the card 2 compensate for this, such as sucking cool air from behind the card and blowing it out through the back of the PC, similar to what some of the radions r using

nVidia Introduces Dual GPU Systems

Never worked for Vodoo cards... back than it gave almost no extra performance so I cant see why this would give much of any performance unless they use there usual driver tricks to make it appear 2x performance.. People, don't fall for this crap. The new pci and dual graphics chips are pure marketing. They have done just about as much as they can do with present technology so they invent another that in truth probably wont yield any real credible difference over say sticking with a 6800ultra agp with fastest processor vs pci dual sli 6800ultra crads.. Jst pure marketing nonsense.. If you cant get more than 30 percent increase in average dual cpu cores in a pc why the hell do they think they can outsmart the informed public with another attemt at marketing dual pci vide ocards...

nVidia Introduces Dual GPU Systems

ok.. so first u need that thing s 2 cards will work together.. and than u need to get 2 400$ CARDS!!!!.. it all sounds amazing but the price will be INSANE!!!..and why do u need 2 3d cards.??? it works fine as it is now..b4 this whas on the market 1 3d card whas al u need.. and now.. u cant play if u only got 1 3d card?.. no.. this is all bullshit... unless u wanne play around 450$ more for 5 fps... us hould get it.. but if uget a atix800 or the nvidia 6800.. the will run hl2 and doom 3 on high resolution whit NO PROBLEMS ATALL!!

nVidia Introduces Dual GPU Systems

This had major issues in the Voodoo days if you remember. And what most people are forgetting is the extreme power usage this will call for. We are talking MAJOR power consumption.Dunno; too many liabilities to make this appealing to the enthusiast.Right now the only boards with two PCIE-16 slots is the Tumwater chipset board, which is for the Xeon. Secondly, the PCIE-16 slots MUST be two card spaces apart, which is probably good cooling airflow practice anyway; let's hope all the boardmakers agree. Thirdly, all that power being drawn means that you'll need a very good PSU (perhaps 500W minimum), and each card will need power connectors, since IIRC the 6800 exceeds PCIE's supply limit of 75W or whatever it was. That limits it to either an enthusiast with very loose budget limits, or a pro looking for a workstation, who will probably get a FireGL, Wildcat, or whatever the decent non-mass-market pro accelerator is.

nVidia Introduces Dual GPU Systems

"Alienware's SLI Parhelias?Alienware officially states they will support SLI-like technologies from ATI, NVIDIA, and even Matrox...and others. They went on to say:"Looks like Alienware will do this for all chipsets. Good for us if we have the cash.Now expect ATI to bring out a version of the R420 that is a dually also. Remeber the ATI Rage Fury Maxx? Have to love competiton and corporate greed. ;)

nVidia Introduces Dual GPU Systems

*Sigh* Idiots the lot of you. I'm so much better then you all, cause I take it up the ass every night. I was going to say something but after reading all the stupidity, the whining, the supposed "problems with the idea", I just put that caq back in my mouth. Do any of you think about possible solutions before you open your mouths and shit comes out? Well I guess it's better then what doesn't come out of my mouth. I swallow.

nVidia Introduces Dual GPU Systems

Soon there will be Intel motherboards to support the dual 16x slots. BTW 2 cards wont generate much heat if you have good ventalation system in your case. Also whats good with AMD? these days they only seem to care about making 64 bit CPU's while intel continue to make 32 bit CPU's and still give them a whole lot comepetition. AMD has gotten to expensive with this 64 CPU bullshit, they used to be cheaper than intel. I guess i'll have to switch back to intel when i'm about to buy PCI Express hardware.

nVidia Introduces Dual GPU Systems

Man this is a great concept, but the biggest downfall is the price associated with that kind of hardware... think, you would have to buy two same cards, which could cost you 1100 dollars roughly with tax, some can afford it, but the majority can't.... So the Game developers will focus to make games which would take advantage from that technollogy to max their image qualities, which leaves those out to reduce the Game Settings to the medium or minimum if they have only one GPU... I mean why not building a DUAL GPU Graphics card instead of two seperate ones AND sell it a little higher than single ones......

nVidia Introduces Dual GPU Systems

LOL looks like those ATi fans are acting up again. Desperately trying to find any flaw from nVIDIA. This dual GPU system is a GREAT plus to the gaming community. If you're too full of your fanboyism, please stfu :-) We hear less and less of your buddies at ATi fanclub whining nowadays. They must've found a better card. And it's green, not red ;-)

nVidia Introduces Dual GPU Systems

SA v3rto, i can read you like a book,(not really I just wanna sound cool) ur (DAM I spelled it wrong again, AHEM) YOU'RE 12 yr old dipshit who's unhappy with his willy....(ACK! I take that back, thats me, thats ME I tell you). I give you props for not being a puss like my self and actualy posting a name. None of your posts were useful in any way (which is just my opinion, which doesn't count since my iq is only 43) If i were you, id burn myself. But since I'm my self, I need to be removed from the geene pool ASAP *pulls out gun*.

nVidia Introduces Dual GPU Systems

This is getting old with you intel fags, oh, Intel rules cause we have pci-express and btx form factor and all this other shit, but intel seems like there putting effort inot there mobo, but Not Enough into there Procs!And intill AMD board makers start doing PCI exepress and all the other shit, its not going to take off.One more thing, some dumbass below kepts bitching about AMD and how thats all they talk about is there 64 bit procs and how they "suk" Then why in the hell would intel be copying AMD and will be making 64 bit procs, They well also be copying the exact Extensions. Suck on those you bitches!

nVidia Introduces Dual GPU Systems

go to [url removed] and hit the link for their dual G5 Macs they never compare a Dual Opteron, wonder why? I have built 2 already with 1 Gb of Ram and they kick ass... the only problem is that there were not enoght money to buy the 2CPUs with 2.2GHz!!! The grafic artist like the Macs but it is obvious that they learned every thing on a Mac that is the reason they don't try a PC... when you show them the same can be done they can say to much about it...

nVidia Introduces Dual GPU Systems

the dude below me is so right that i was fukcing dying of laughter. nvidia is trying so hard to attempt to even try to make something good, oops hold on, you suck anyway. ati is just still the best. howcone these god damn americans cant relize it. god damnit, if ati was an american brand, they would commercialize their hardware 1 billion percent. and hold on yet again, ati rocks.no further comments-beeblebrox

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