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Old December 19, 2008, 09:50 PM
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Default Smackover revision to get Lucid Hydra chip

Dunno if you've heard about this chip but it is supposed to revolutionize multi gpu applications. To the point where you can run ati and nvidia cards in crossfire/sli. That's right, you have a 260gtx, plug in a 4850 and get a huge boost. Hydra is rumored to work better than either crossfire or SLi. Nearly a 200% boost in everything.

Intel puts Lucid Hydra on x58- The Inquirer
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Old December 19, 2008, 10:16 PM
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Has Hydra even been verified to exist as anything more than vaporware? Because it sounds like a big ol' electronic Bre-X so far. We have enough issues just making two of the SAME video cards work together peacefully. Nvidia and ATI sound the trumpets whenever their latest drivers manage double-digit percentage improvements. And now you can apparently plug in two different cards and they work perfectly? To say nothing of the issues involving installing two different sets of drivers. Feh.
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This I gotta see.

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I read a few white papers on this and it seems viable, like they figured out a better way of doing things, and it seemed like a 'duh' revelation.

now when intel announces the next revision smackover is going to have it, I get excited.
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There are a few ways to do multi gpu processes and a few have been around for ages but needed refinement. check out the wiki page on SLI for example.
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Very very interesting if true. Depending on how well multi-gpu will scale, I may need to upgrade.
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Should be interesting.
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Check out this article:

Techgage - Lucid HYDRA Engine Multi-GPU Technology
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