Friday, September 7th 2007

Voodoo Discovers Way to Run CrossFire on an SLI Chipset

It seems as though hardware manufacturers finally got tired of being forced into AMD products if they bought an AMD motherboard, or NVIDIA products if they bought an NVIDIA board. And so, Voodoo PC (owned by HP) decided to fix that. Using an unknown method, Voodoo is giving customers the option to get either CrossFire or SLI in a computer built around an NVIDIA SLI platform.

You can read the full interview, where Voodoo PC discusses the new technology and makes some "rather unflattering" remarks over the Dell XPS here.Source: The Inquirer
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28 Comments on Voodoo Discovers Way to Run CrossFire on an SLI Chipset

#1
Ketxxx
Heedless Psychic
Apart from the SLi or crossfire thing, the rest of the system sounds pretty standard and crap. AKA: nothing us enthusiasts cant already buy for about half of what voodoo are asking.
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#2
jydie
ATI video cards running in SLI? That is great news! I am pretty sure that the Nvidia motherboards are far more popular then the ATI based boards, so this might actually help boost ATI video card sales. The way I see it, if this option was made public then it would probably favor AMD/ATI. I wonder how Nvidia will respond to this news... they probably love the fact that consumers HAD to buy 2 of their video cards to run SLI.
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Ketxxx
Heedless Psychic
Mr. Zekkyspongebob man, where have you been?
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#4
DanTheBanjoman
Señor Moderator
by: jydie
ATI video cards running in SLI? That is great news! I am pretty sure that the Nvidia motherboards are far more popular then the ATI based boards, so this might actually help boost ATI video card sales. The way I see it, if this option was made public then it would probably favor AMD/ATI. I wonder how Nvidia will respond to this news... they probably love the fact that consumers HAD to buy 2 of their video cards to run SLI.
No, not ATI cards in SLI, Crossfire on a chipset that officially doesn't support it. Ie the same effect as hacked drivers.
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Urlyin
Senior Moderator
by: DanTheBanjoman
No, not ATI cards in SLI, Crossfire on a chipset that officially doesn't support it. Ie the same effect as hacked drivers.
Hacked drivers or not .. I see it as a break through against those that force us to run only on their chipsets ... ATI or SLI .. gives us another option in terms of if and when motherboard manufactures as a whole do the same ... I like the idea of running CF on a 680 mobo .. :D
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DanTheBanjoman
Señor Moderator
by: Urlyin
Hacked drivers or not .. I see it as a break through against those that force us to run only on their chipsets ... ATI or SLI .. gives us another option in terms of if and when motherboard manufactures as a whole do the same ... I like the idea of running CF on a 680 mobo .. :D
I prefer SLI on my 5000x, the hardware can do it, damn drivers. Then again they should enable both SLI and Crossfire on all capable boards, would make the choice of boards/GPU a lot less limiting. It's already proven that SLI could run on any chipset last year when they hacked a single set of drivers.
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#7
Sasqui
by: DanTheBanjoman
I prefer SLI on my 5000x, the hardware can do it, damn drivers. Then again they should enable both SLI and Crossfire on all capable boards, would make the choice of boards/GPU a lot less limiting. It's already proven that SLI could run on any chipset last year when they hacked a single set of drivers.
Amen... I've stayed away from NVidia for that very reason. My own personal boycott.
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#8
Live OR Die
sounds like problems to me nvidia driver mixing with ati ticking time bomb i say there are board that can run both but there crap and if nvidia wanted to run xfire card on there chipset there was be a setting in the bios to pick from
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WarEagleAU
Bird of Prey
I personally like both makers chipsets. Admittedly, before Nvidia made the nforce mobos, nforce2, and nforce 3, we were locked into what, Via and maybe one other with intel thrown in. What a break through that was. Then ATI started making chipsets, first gen sucked, but the subsequent gens were nice. I especially like this vice versa offering. Very nice.
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#10
zekrahminator
McLovin
by: Ketxxx
Mr. Zekkyspongebob man, where have you been?
Senior year at high school/cross country. I wake up at 6:45AM, leave at 7:25, and don't get home until 5:30 :(. And then I've got homework to do...I'm running out of time to find good news for you guys. Good thing I have study halls like the one I'm in right now... :D.
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#11
Jizzler
Now if they could only make SLI or Crossfire a bit more 'transparent'.

Currently when I get a new video card, my older card becomes the secondary card for my other monitors (and/or projector, and/or TV) so I always have two different models in my system.

If it could switch itself off and on without user intervention, I'd consider getting two of the same card for that boost in games, while providing me all the outputs that I need when I'm not playing.
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#12
Fox34
Like someone mentioned, the biggest market for high performance setups like sli and crossfire are only bought but people like us who will make out own system anyways. Besides being a fanboy, the nvidia chipsets seem to be the best anyways, and it seems like sli is better than crossfire, so why you would do this? I don't know but for now I think we can buy either a crossfire board or sli
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#13
laszlo
soon they'll make a bridge to connect 2 cards;one from ati and second nvidia

than the CROSSLI will born :roll:
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#14
Fox34
Can you say lawsuit :laugh:
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#15
KennyT772
by: Jizzler
Now if they could only make SLI or Crossfire a bit more 'transparent'.

Currently when I get a new video card, my older card becomes the secondary card for my other monitors (and/or projector, and/or TV) so I always have two different models in my system.

If it could switch itself off and on without user intervention, I'd consider getting two of the same card for that boost in games, while providing me all the outputs that I need when I'm not playing.
I agree with you there man.

ATI and nVidia need to make it so you can run say dual monitor while running xfire/sli. Their own laziness is the reason we cant run quad lcds with dual cards for older games.
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#16
Grings
Looking at this system, i have to say that voodoo pc has had a far bigger impact/influence at hp than alienware has at dell
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#18
Nemesis881
by: laszlo
soon they'll make a bridge to connect 2 cards;one from ati and second nvidia

than the CROSSLI will born :roll:
ROFL!! That would be awesome!! 8800GTX + 2900XT = :rockout:

:respect: <--- to anyone who could make this happen
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#20
hat
Maximum Overclocker
Voodoo... like 3DFX? Nvidia bought them correct? And they found a way to make Crossfire run on an SLI chipset? Someone's getting fired.
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#21
kwchang007
We also think that the DIY market will be hard pressed not to want one of these.
:roll::roll: fool doesn't know what he's talking about.
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#22
PVTCaboose1337
Graphical Hacker
by: hat
Voodoo... like 3DFX? Nvidia bought them correct? And they found a way to make Crossfire run on an SLI chipset? Someone's getting fired.
No, the voodoo gaming computer company... not the gfx card company.
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#23
ktr
yes, crossfire on a nvidia sli board was confirmed by voodoo a long time ago on Rahul's blog. both brands shared a common uli south bridge, therefore making this possible.
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#24
erocker
I would love it if I could get this to work on my system...
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#25
Grings
by: ktr
yes, crossfire on a nvidia sli board was confirmed by voodoo a long time ago on Rahul's blog. both brands shared a common uli south bridge, therefore making this possible.
This isnt on an uli though, its on a 680i, my guess is voodoo have known how to hack the drivers to make it work for a while, but with the weight of hp behind it, nvidia wont be able to sue them into oblivion/buy the company
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