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NVIDIA Brings SLI Technology to Intel Bloomfield CPU Platforms

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PC enthusiasts, manufacturers, and developers around the world have a lot to be excited about today with NVIDIA Corporation’s announcement that it will be bringing the power and performance of its SLI multi-GPU technology to Intel’s upcoming line of Bloomfield CPUs. With this winning combination, consumers will have an SLI platform designed for current and future graphics-intensive games and applications; these platforms can be powered by one, two, or even three NVIDIA GeForce GPUs, including the new, award-winning GeForce GTX 280 and GTX 260 GPUs.


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so it's now officially a tag team of Intel + nVidia vs. AMD/ATI. oh boy
 
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Well, glad Intel and Nvidia got over their sissy fight a while ago, mudslinging each other saying spending more money on their own product will give better overall performance.

Should be interesting to see what type benchies the x58 chipset, Bloomfield, and 3 way SLI can churn out. :D
 
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"award-winning GTX 260 gpu..." - the Award for 'Best way to price yourself out of the market".
 
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Well, glad Intel and Nvidia got over their sissy fight a while ago, mudslinging each other saying spending more money on their own product will give better overall performance.

Should be interesting to see what type benchies the x58 chipset, Bloomfield, and 3 way SLI can churn out. :D
more like nvidia saw their stocks droippong like a brick and swallowed their pride. it was never intel that was putting a halt on sli. it was nvidia. they only wanted sli to run on their own chipsets.
 
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they can keep it.

do not want.
 

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Just to clarify - the X58 will support both CrossFire AND SLi? This doesn't mean Intel have bumped ATI does it?
 

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more like nvidia saw their stocks droippong like a brick and swallowed their pride. it was never intel that was putting a halt on sli. it was nvidia. they only wanted sli to run on their own chipsets.
Well their chipset department has to make money somehow.:laugh:

I wish nVidia would just get over their pride and just let SLI run on any chipset. It would hurt ther chipset devision(but it might make them start churning out better chipsets), but it would definitely help sell more graphics cards.

I think it is stupid that motherboard manufactures need to rework their boards to include the BT200 chip that does absolutely nothing other than allow the motherboard to say "Yes, I have an nVidia chip on me, so I can do SLI."
 

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Just to clarify - the X58 will support both CrossFire AND SLi? This doesn't mean Intel have bumped ATI does it?
No, it will run both. Remember how you could do 4-way CFX on a Skulltrail? When we first broke news on this issue, I put this up:
 
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AMD better up their game, and fast too.
 
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#11
NO it does not mean intel is dumping ati, it means that nvidia has gotten of their asses and admitted that they were stuck up before, they have no way out, intel was not going to give them a license to make bloomfield chipsets as it was the rumour earlier, and now they have given in to allow sli on x58, intel benefits from them all, whether sli or crossfire the consumer benefits the most, I just think that nvidia might slowly be going away from motherboard market, I am sure they will make them still because they probably have a fan base that would buy nothing but nvidia, but most high end consumers will buy x58 knowing that it will support both sli and crossfire, and trust me when I say this, intel knows how to make chipsets, I have had nothing but bad luck when I tried to jump on 680i and boy I will never do it again, intel chipsets are the way to go for me.
 

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Actually, Intel did give nVidia a license to make Bloomfield chipsets. However, it took them so long to work out the deal, that nVidia didn't have enough time to get a full fledge chipset out for Bloomfield, since the x58 is due out so soon. So they went with this option instead, I wouldn't be surprised if we see full Bloomfield chipsets come out from nVidia eventually.
 

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Yes, Newtekie is right, it's just a makeshift thing, eventually they'll come up with a NForce 880i SLI? and then start a "SLI runs better on NForce than X58 + BR 04" thingy.
 

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Bah, I don't like it one bit. the Inquirer wrote an article on this, and I actually agree with them. If Nvidia could produce a better chip than sli 200 mabye it would be nice.
 
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About damn time. Ive been wanting to run SLi on my Intel boards for 6 months now. Gives me yet another reason to upgrade. :D
 
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Many are concerned that they have to pay extra for the x58 MB (AKA tax) do to the nforce chip. Some already know that you don't need this chip in order to get SLI working on a Intel chipset. Unless they changed something with SLI requiring this NForce 200 chip/bridge (or whatever it's called).

People just want a Intel MB that can do SLI without the added hardware, just like CF.
 

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Exactly. Didn't the BR-04 puke all over the PCI-E system of Skulltrail and 780i SLI in terms of latency?
 

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No, it will run both. Remember how you could do 4-way CFX on a Skulltrail?

cool - I thought that was the case but just wanted to be sure.
 
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If it's true that the nforce 200 cost $30 and the x58 costs $70 then that alone is $100!!!! :eek:. x58, SLI boards may cost in the neighborhood of $350+ :shadedshu

We will have to wait and see what the final cost will be though.
 
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No, it will run both. Remember how you could do 4-way CFX on a Skulltrail? When we first broke news on this issue, I put this up:
i'm not sure if your chard is right
i got this one


 
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From the look of things it appears that we may have 2 different versions of the X58. One will come with the nforce 200 chip and one without (among other things I am unaware of).

Unless, I missed something I do not see a nforce 200 on the boards posted above. From what I've read the cost of the nforce 200 bridge/chip is paid by the motherboard manufactures and not Intel.
 
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Ohh boy.. Abit are putting the X58 in their "MAX" series... its doomed to be a POS.
 

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i'm not sure if your chard is right
i got this one


It was the same thing albeit I didn't realise the Ibex Peak is a single chip. The concept stays the same, wherein they plop these BR-04 chips (1 chip each x16 slot) across those x16 PCI-E 2.0 lanes.

It will run both SLI and CFX, just that CFX on a virgin X58 board will perform better than boards with these BR-04 chips. How? These chips jack-up latencies, proved on the Skulltrail. Also, the Ibex Peak and Lynnfield comes later (close to H2 2009), by that time NVIDIA will be ready with their chipset, I doubt they'll use BR-04 chips on LGA 1160 boards.
 

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NO it does not mean intel is dumping ati, it means that nvidia has gotten of their asses and admitted that they were stuck up before, they have no way out, intel was not going to give them a license to make bloomfield chipsets as it was the rumour earlier, and now they have given in to allow sli on x58, intel benefits from them all, whether sli or crossfire the consumer benefits the most, I just think that nvidia might slowly be going away from motherboard market, I am sure they will make them still because they probably have a fan base that would buy nothing but nvidia, but most high end consumers will buy x58 knowing that it will support both sli and crossfire, and trust me when I say this, intel knows how to make chipsets, I have had nothing but bad luck when I tried to jump on 680i and boy I will never do it again, intel chipsets are the way to go for me.
personally intel has hit and miss always has.

Hits would include

H30HX
440LX
440BX
i815
i845
i865
i965
P35
X38
P45
x48

As for miss
430TX
440 (any besides LX and BX)
i810
i1820
i840
i850
i910
i915
i945

so it seems they are getting better
 

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personally intel has hit and miss always has.

Hits would include

H30HX
440LX
440BX
i815
i845
i865
i965
P35
X38
P45
x48

As for miss
430TX
440 (any besides LX and BX)
i810
i1820
i840
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i910
i915
i945

so it seems they are getting better
945 isn't really a miss. Maybe on desktops to a degree, but it has powered many a laptop until the 965 finally released to the lappy market.