Monday, June 20th 2011

NVIDIA Makes SLI Support on AMD Platform Official with New BETA GeForce Driver

NVIDIA today released its latest version of the GeForce software suite, version 275.50 BETA. With this release, NVIDIA enables SLI support on AMD socket AM3+ platform. The driver enables SLI multi-GPU technology certified AMD 990FX, AMD 990X, and AMD 970 motherboards. Keep in mind, not every AMD 9-series chipset-based motherboard will run SLI, only certified ones, just like not every Intel 5-series and 6-series chipset based motherboard features SLI. Look for the SLI logo when buying the motherboard.

Besides this major change, GeForce 275.50 improves 3D Vision performance on Duke Nukem Forever. It adds new 3D Vision profiles for Duke Nukem Forever Demo, Mars benchmark, Rise of the Immortals, and Rusty Hearts. 3D Vision profile for Alice: Madness Returns is improved. This is a BETA release, use of which is not covered by product warranties. SLI support on AMD, and all features in this release will be carried forward by future WHQL-signed driver releases.

DOWNLOAD: NVIDIA GeForce 275.50 BETA
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21 Comments on NVIDIA Makes SLI Support on AMD Platform Official with New BETA GeForce Driver

#1
TheMailMan78
Big Member
Woo Hoo my new board has Nvidia drivers! WIN!
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#2
1Kurgan1
The Knife in your Back
Nice to finally see the Berlin wall come down.
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#3
csendesmark
by: 1Kurgan1
Nice to finally see the Berlin wall come down.
Too late for them, if you ask me
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#4
beautyless
How Nvidia check which motherboards have SLI certified logo?

Chipset? Motherboard Model? Doesn't clear. sorry.
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#5
Red_Machine
It's a string of code in the BIOS. nVidia only gives it to licensed vendors.
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#6
H82LUZ73
by: beautyless
How Nvidia check which motherboards have SLI certified logo?

Chipset? Motherboard Model? Doesn't clear. sorry.
Might be for ONLY 990 series of chip sets HEY .....Sorry just hate these guys that ask dumb questions when 99% of the place already knows it`s only the new 990 chips that supports it.
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H82LUZ73
by: TheMailMan78
Woo Hoo my new board has Nvidia drivers! WIN!
Say mail man how about a review of the V please,How much you get it for ,I seen it for $229 is it worth it.from a m3a79-t deluxe?
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#8
TheMailMan78
Big Member
by: H82LUZ73
Say mail man how about a review of the V please,How much you get it for ,I seen it for $229 is it worth it.from a m3a79-t deluxe?
Yes......yes it is. Also I think Cadaveca will be doing a review soon. Much better then any review I could give on a mobo.

Its a badass board period. I got it for 229. I LOVE IT.
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#9
Robert-The-Rambler
I've said it before

And I'll say it again. SLI licensing is such bullshit that I can't get excited by this news. I know for myself that Nvidia could have had a lot more sales letting SLI work on other previous multi GPU AMD chipsets. I think their management is nuts and their business sense is even more nuts. If I want to use SLI I have to buy a new motherboard to get official support or any support at all. What is worth more? IS it a licensing fee or selling multiple GPUs? :laugh:
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#10
kirtar
by: Robert-The-Rambler
And I'll say it again. SLI licensing is such bullshit that I can't get excited by this news. I know for myself that Nvidia could have had a lot more sales letting SLI work on other previous multi GPU AMD chipsets. I think their management is nuts and their business sense is even more nuts. If I want to use SLI I have to buy a new motherboard to get official support or any support at all. What is worth more? IS it a licensing fee or selling multiple GPUs? :laugh:
The licensing did make sense when they still made their own chipsets I suppose.
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#11
btarunr
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by: beautyless
How Nvidia check which motherboards have SLI certified logo?

Chipset? Motherboard Model? Doesn't clear. sorry.
The BIOS contains an NVIDIA certification code within its differentiated system description table (DSDT). All NVIDIA-certified motherboards come with this, all AM3+ motherboards with the SLI logo have it right from the initial release of their BIOS/EFI firmware.

This new NVIDIA GeForce driver merely now looks for that code also in AMD 990FX, 990X, 970-based motherboards (earlier it would only do so with Intel 5-series, 6-series chipset-based systems). Once the driver sees that code, it will unlock the SLI option.

SLI doesn't come for free on any motherboard that doesn't use nForce. Motherboard vendors have to pay NVIDIA $5 for every SLI-certified motherboard sold.
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#12
NC37
Maybe if enough sell SLI cert boards then NV may rethink more. But I doubt it. I wonder how the stockholders like all NV's business dealings.
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#13
DaedalusHelios
by: beautyless
How Nvidia check which motherboards have SLI certified logo?

Chipset? Motherboard Model? Doesn't clear. sorry.
[quote="H82LUZ73, post: 2318495"]Might be for ONLY 990 series of chip sets HEY .....Sorry just hate these guys that ask dumb questions when 99% of the place already knows it`s only the new 990 chips that supports it.
[/quote]But you missed the 970 part right? :laugh:

by: btarunr
The driver enables SLI multi-GPU technology certified AMD 990FX, AMD 990X, and AMD 970 motherboards.
by: NC37
Maybe if enough sell SLI cert boards then NV may rethink more. But I doubt it. I wonder how the stockholders like all NV's business dealings.
I am sure they don't mind considering their stock has been doing well considering the global recession versus AMD right? Lets not mention Intel though considering they seem to always do well.
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#15
Steevo
Just wait until the hax are in place with the new EFI, SLI will be supported with other platforms just like it has been.
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#16
techtard
Hey mailman, the drivers are for the video cards, so your mobo doesn't have nV drivers. It's been known for a while that SLI is built into the cards, that's why the hacks for SLI on any mobo worked.

This is just another way for nVidia to milk users out of money.
It's as bad as cellular providers charging for texting.

Good for people who want SLI on a bulldozer board tho.
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#17
Thatguy
by: csendesmark
Too late for them, if you ask me
Bingo
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#18
Thatguy
by: DaedalusHelios
But you missed the 970 part right? :laugh:









I am sure they don't mind considering their stock has been doing well considering the global recession versus AMD right? Lets not mention Intel though considering they seem to always do well.
They lost 30% of their cashflow in the last 4 years. most of it in the last 18 months.
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#19
WarraWarra
So was there issues with not having SLI on AM3 / AM3+ boards ?
I thought it was easy plug and play with stock cd drivers and SLI works on AMD based boards.

Damn the world fell apart and I did not even know about it LMAO.

Shows you when last I owned a Nvidia desktop GPU/s back in 6800ultra SLI days just before bugger up UT3 so must have been 2006/7-ish.
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#20
LemmingOverlord
Everyone seems to be mislead by the article

NVIDIA had *already* announced support for SLI in older AMD chipsets. The driver just adds support for the three top-tier chipsets in AMD's bag of tricks.
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#21
DaedalusHelios
by: Thatguy
They lost 30% of their cashflow in the last 4 years. most of it in the last 18 months.
AMD is on the road to a very slow recovery but is still swimming in debt last time I checked. They almost went bankrupt 2 years ago. We should be looking at marketshare really though. I haven't read over the numbers of last quarter yet but I am sure AMD gained a little. I do believe Nvidia still has more marketshare most likely. Best case scenario is "neck and neck" so they struggle to offer more to the consumer and therefore advancing the technology at a faster pace. :)
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