sábado, 30 de abril de 2011

2x1: AMD confirma el soporte para SLI en sus próximos chipsets

Nvidia: Users of AMD Platforms Demand SLI Multi-GPU

Nvidia Corp. on Thursday confirmed that mainboards based on the forthcoming core-logic sets from Advanced Micro Devices will be able to support Nvidia's SLI multi-GPU Technology. The move confirms importance of the next-generation AMD FX-series processors code-named Zambezi powered by Bulldozer micro-architecture for the PC gamers market.

"We are pleased to announce that SLI has been licensed to the world’s leading motherboard companies for integration onto their upcoming motherboards featuring AMD’s 990FX, 990X and 970 chipsets. Asus, Gigabyte, ASRock, and MSI are among the first motherboard manufacturers to offer this new capability, with more coming on board shortly," said Tom Petersen, director of technical marketing at Nvidia.

For several years few gamers who demand maximum performance did not use AMD microprocessors and chose Intel CPUs instead. Naturally, the lack of SLI support by AMD platforms was not a problem. However, it is expected that the next-gen FX chips with Bulldozer micro-architecture and up to eight x86 cores will offer major performance improvements over currently available AMD Phenom II chips and will even be able to compete against Intel Core i-series "Sandy Bridge" CPUs. As a result, SLI support could be useful on AMD's next-gen platforms with Zambezi processors.

It is rather ironic that SLI technology was introduced first (not taking an Intel server platform into consideration) on Nvidia nForce for AMD platform when Athlon 64 chips were king of the hill. Eventually, Nvidia launched nForce chipsets with SLI support for Intel platforms too. SLI used to be exclusive for nForce chipsets, but when Nvidia lost ability to offer chipsets for modern Intel and AMD chips, it had to start licensing the technology and did so only for Intel Core i-series chips. With potentially better performance of AMD FX "Zambezi" chips, Nvidia now has to license SLI for AMD-based platforms too.

Fuente: http://www.xbitlabs.com/news/mainboards/display/20110428084737_Nvidia_Confirms_SLI_Support_on_Next_Generation_AMD_FX_Bulldozer_Platforms.html

SLI on AMD Chipsets Confirmed, ASUS Crosshair V Box Pictured

It could be curtains down for NVIDIA nForce SLI chipset for AMD platform, as the GPU giant formally announced its intentions to license NVIDIA SLI technology for use on AMD chipset-based motherboards starting from AMD's upcoming 9-series chipset. Rumors about this development startedtrickling in around late March. NVIDIA's public release confirms most of what was outlined in the leaked company slide in the older article, that licenses will be only offered to 9-series (and later) chipset-based motherboards, and that only those motherboard manufacturers that are licensed by NVIDIA for SLI on their Intel platform motherboards will be given licenses. NVIDIA specifically mentions ASUS, Gigabyte, ASRock, and MSI as qualifying partners.
The more interesting part of the release, however, was the box-art of ASUS' upcoming high-end socket AM3+ motherboard, the Republic of Gamers (ROG) Crosshair V Formula. Its salad of product logos is what is most fascinating. For one, it confirms the product name and logo of AMD's new high-end desktop processors to be "FX", as revealed by the box designs. The next logo is of Phenom II, and as we know, AM3+ gives backwards compatibility to older AM3 processors. Next up is the AMD 9-series chipset logo, another Radeon-like logo by AMD. Next to it is the logo of the moment: NVIDIA SLI, and lastly ATI CrossFireX. There is a newer rectangular logo of "AMD CrossFire" that succeeds the ATI CrossFireX logo, but maybe ASUS, like many, found it too hideous. You can probably make a better one on MS Paint.

Source: GeForce.com

Fuente: http://www.techpowerup.com/144886/SLI-on-AMD-Chipsets-Confirmed-ASUS-Crosshair-V-Box-Pictured.html

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