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*REMINDER* Not all Intel X58 motherboards support SLI

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Not all Intel X58 motherboards support SLI



Don't be fooled

Back in late August, Nvidia decided to give Intel and its partners a chance to implement SLI on X58 boards. Nvidia offered two options, hardware SLI support with its Nforce 200 chip, or software support for a nominal fee. Additionally, some sources suggested that Nvidia charges mainboard manufacturers around $5 per unit for its SLI licenses.

It has been known for several months now that most X58 boards support both Nvidia SLI and ATi CrossFire technologies. According to a recent report, however, one Gigabyte user over at the Guru3D Forums has reported that the GA-EX58-DS4 he purchased does not support SLI but only supports CrossFire.

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Fudzilla said:
Furthermore, Nvidia admitted back in August that some users will likely hack the BIOS of non-certified X58 boards and add "cookies," thus enabling SLI without the company's certification, but this hasn't happened so far.
Sounds like a job for ketxxx. :)

I can't believe that Gigabyte wouldn't enable SLI on such a high-end motherboard though.
 
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thats just downright stupid.
 
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I think that is really sad. The x58 board is suppose to support both SLI and Crossfire? And he gets a product that doesn't do SLI without a warning!? They should give out a warning telling you that it doesn't support either. I rather spend my money on a 780i board and then spend the rest of the money on a Q9560.
 
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Sounds like a job for ketxxx. :)

I can't believe that Gigabyte wouldn't enable SLI on such a high-end motherboard though.
Fudzilla Article said:
Furthermore, Nvidia admitted back in August that some users will likely hack the BIOS of non-certified X58 boards and add "cookies," thus enabling SLI without the company's certification, but this hasn't happened so far.
Seems kind of stupid of nVidia to do it this way, when they basically admit that it is extremely simple to mod the BIOS to support SLi.

I still don't know why they won't just allow SLi on any chipset. They are only hurting themselves with the hopes of making a buck. But I think they would make far more money off the extra sales of graphics cards.
 

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in all honesty there is only 2 or 3 boards tops that dont have both sli and crossfire enabled. its the low end boards that dont.