Thursday, March 31st 2011

NVIDIA SLI on AMD Chipset Motherboards Soon

NVIDIA SLI multi-GPU technology is going through a rough patch on the AMD platform, with very few NVIDIA nForce 900 series motherboards available/sold. With AMD looking to come back strong in the performance CPU market (which might cause high-end gaming PC users to switch platforms), it is wise on the part of NVIDIA to make SLI available to AMD platform users in some form. NVIDIA is making a cautious move: licensing SLI to motherboard vendors in the same protocol in which it licenses them to provide NVIDIA SLI support on Intel 5-series and 6-series chipset based motherboards.

This move is particularly wise because NVIDIA wouldn't need to invest on making a chipset (though it can) for AMD's upcoming "Bulldozer" CPUs, and still get licensing fees for NVIDIA SLI. That way, it wouldn't have to rely on the platform's overall market success. NVIDIA will offer SLI licenses to motherboards based on AMD's upcoming 9-series chipset, particularly to models that lack integrated Radeon graphics (that's AMD 990FX, and AMD 990X). It will offer 2-way SLI licenses to motherboards running AMD 990X, and 3-way/2-way licenses to boards based on AMD 990FX. It won't offer nForce 200 bridge chips. Further, only those motherboard manufacturers that are currently tied up with NVIDIA for SLI licenses on Intel platform, will be granted SLI licenses on AMD platform.
NVIDIA demands a fee of about $5 for each SLI-certified motherboard sold. Only licensed motherboards can run NVIDIA SLI. For licensed motherboards a special SLI-certification code is embedded into the motherboard BIOS. NVIDIA GeForce driver looks for this SBIOS code before offering SLI as a feature that can be enabled. AMD's next generation high-end desktop platform is on course for a June 2011 launch.Source: VR-Zone
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56 Comments on NVIDIA SLI on AMD Chipset Motherboards Soon

#1
xBruce88x
its about time

this is good news indeed... my local computer guy who only deals in AMD stuff will finally have some SLI boards :)

of course i also have the option of driving to tigerdirect's warehouse :)

either way its good news
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#2
btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
Fourstaff said:
Yes, we all trust you tyvm for your opinion, even after all that bull last year.
Only that this isn't my opinion. It's news with proper citations.
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#3
Fourstaff
btarunr said:
Only that this isn't my opinion. It's news with proper citations.
Last time we had W1zzard himself, one of the most respected members of the tech community, offering proof. Who knows what you guys are capable of? :p I do not frequent VR-Zone, but I think they are trustworthy. After all, Nvidia stands to gain both market share and penetration to AMD based systems, they have nothing to lose from this.
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#4
yogurt_21
wow, if bulldozer performs as stated it may just be my next setup then. Seems like amd is firing back in a big way. very welcome news.
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#5
Mr McC
Fourstaff said:
Last time we had W1zzard himself, one of the most respected members of the tech community, offering proof. Who knows what you guys are capable of?
I applaud your mistrust.
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#6
NC37
Yay, I could finally upgrade from my nForce 570 when AM3+ is here!

Aww nuts, I gotta buy new everything...
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#7
JATownes
I am taking this as a sign that Bulldozer will be a VERY good chip, otherwise NV wouldn't be willing to do this.
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#8
Kitkat
JATownes said:
I am taking this as a sign that Bulldozer will be a VERY good chip, otherwise NV wouldn't be willing to do this.
no there willing to do anything to get more money.
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#12
Wile E
Power User
It's about time. They should've been doing this from the 7 series chipsets.
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#13
Melvis
Ahhh this sounds like the 939 days all over again :)
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#14
BinaryMage
JATownes said:
I am taking this as a sign that Bulldozer will be a VERY good chip, otherwise NV wouldn't be willing to do this.
No, not necessarily, though I hope so. Notice that Nvidia has no Bulldozer chipsets planned, it's just licensing out the technology to use SLI, and only to vendors who already had it with Intel chips. This is a no-loss move; if Bulldozer flops, Nvidia doesn't lose any money; if it is a big success, they make a lot of money.

Melvis said:
Ahhh this sounds like the 939 days all over again :)
One would certainly hope so. :)
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#15
Wile E
Power User
Melvis said:
Ahhh this sounds like the 939 days all over again :)
Not really, as the nVidia chipsets were better back then. Now the AMD (ATI) chipsets are the king of the hill.
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#16
Melvis
Wile E said:
Not really, as the nVidia chipsets were better back then. Now the AMD (ATI) chipsets are the king of the hill.
Yes that is very true, i have a few here kicking still.

I meant it more like yay we get SLi back on AMD boards like back in the 939 days, its rare to find them at the moment.
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#17
Patriot
...honestly... I think this is because nvidia doesn't want to be out in the cold if AMD comes out on top of this gen...

However... I think nvidia should have to pay to be on amd boards not the other way around. If you want to open that section of the market for people to buy more than one of your cards they should not be paying you... you should have to invest to get that possibility...

I see this as a board option per vendor... I have a hard time seeing amd as wanting to put nvidia on their boards...
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#18
Imsochobo
trickson said:
It is strange that it has taken so long for AMD and nVidia to get this going . I hope it is a good strong platform but I wouldn't be putting to much stock in this . Intel has a big lead in this area with the advent of both crossfire and SLI platforms on ONE MB . I only hope that AMD will be able to have this as well . With "Bulldozer" coming out soon it would be in nVidias best interest to get into this , If they do not this will cripple nVidia a great deal . This is one reason Intel looks good to so many , AMD needs to get with the program !
Nvidia still had chipsets, alltho they are crap, but they still had them.
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#20
otaku_ex
"It won't offer nForce 200 bridge chips." So, how is it going to work? I think similar to hack SLi, only licensed.
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#21
theubersmurf
I hope none of you actually bought this. The headline "hell freezes over" would sound more credible.
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#22
crazyeyesreaper
Chief Broken Rig
meh i dont care but if it drives up the price on a 990fx board because of SLI, ill have to switch to a different brand as i wont pay more for a feature i dont need, looks like ill have to look into second and third tier mobo manufacturers and see if i can find some gems, as i wont pay mark up due to sli, bad enough with the price hikes due to mother nature being a bitch, but that lic costs also mean higher board costs. so ill wait and see how this turns out. Its great for those that want SLI on an AMD system, but other then that it looks like AMD mobos just got a bit more expensive.
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#23
H82LUZ73
otaku_ex said:
"It won't offer nForce 200 bridge chips." So, how is it going to work? I think similar to hack SLi, only licensed.
The same as the Intel boards where the sli driver is reading it,As for AMD the sli drivers will not load because Nvidia blocks it.If say ASUS pays the $5 certification Nvidia will allow the drivers on the 990fx chip.
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#24
[I.R.A]_FBi
btarunr said:
Please, everything posted today is real.
thats what u would want us to think
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#25
suraswami
This is good news. I wish NV would have released an updated chipset for the new Proc lineup. Fake Raid is still better implemented on a NV board than on AMD chipset board (even on high end boards).

Would have been better if there was an updated NV chipset that will allow AMD GPUs CF, that will be like Macadamia + Almond + chocolate chip on one cookie :D
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