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Intel got an SLI license

Discussion in 'News' started by DanTheBanjoman, Jun 7, 2007.

  1. DanTheBanjoman Señor Moderator

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    According to the Inquirer, which isn't the most reliable source, Intel got an SLI license in return for the CSI and dual socket licenses. This rumor is based on some ad of which the vendor said it was not some mistake. Then again if you look at the pictures they speak of "PCI-X x16", seems our questionable source has a questionable source as well.
    However, if this is actually true and applies to older chipsets as well this could mean current systems can get quite a boost and NV can actually sell quite some older cards to people looking for a cheap upgrade.
    Time will tell if the Inq is right or not.

    Source: The Inquirer
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    Actually the 975X can support SLI so I don't see why not.
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    There is no hardware reason anyway, it's just a driver limitation which they can remove. Same goes for Crossfire.
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    Yeah but 975X can only support 8x8 as well as P35... :(
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    Look up THG's test, they taped off lanes on a 8800 and tested performance that way, with 4 lanes performance goes down about 15%. So 8x is enough for now. And if you use a slower card it should be fine to get a cheap second card.
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    can 8800GTX run in 8x mode?
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    That's the whole idea behind PCIe, it can run with 1 lane if you want.
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    This would be a very interesting move by Intel if it were true. And actually, quite a smart one :)


    Two questions, what is CSI? Also, does that mean AMD licensed Intel's dual socket as well?
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    CSI is an interlink between processors, similar to AMD's HTT. It will be introduced with Tigerton. How is AMD related though? It's NV we're talking about.
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    Well I was thinking that maybe dual socket is an Intel license deal and since AMD has the FX 7X series of processors, two procs on one board, that maybe they licensed it or something. Thats why I was asking about AMD. But I think I see what you are talking about.
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    Wow! I remember back in 2004 people were saying PCIe will never catch on, and that it'll never be needed. Of course, everyone knew that was wrong! If this is actually true, both AMD and NV will have to be more competitive with their chipsets.. unless if everyone makes a deal to make everyone happy... yea right!
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    I think Intel is moving away from the ATI chipsets now as AMD owns them. Kind of sucks though, Intel and Crossfire was a nice combo. Im sure the Intel and SLI, if it turns out to be true, will be a nice combo as well.
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    They already did, they use SiS now.
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    PCI-X? That's PCIe's predecessor, no? Only know server boards with PCI-X.

    PCI-X and PCI-E should not be confused.
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    it's probably the answer to Fusion ... or may be not
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    Nope, has nothing to do with PCIe, it's PCI eXtended, wider and higher clocked PCI bus basically. A store confusing those 2 aren't really reliable when it comes to their ads and saying it's no mistake.

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