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Old August 28, 2008, 08:30 AM
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Default nVidia licenses SLI for x58 motherboards.

Finally, no more choosing between xfire and SLI .

NV enables SLI on Intel X58 boards - The INQUIRER

Of course that may be a moot point ince this little baby hits the market:

AnandTech: Lucid's Multi-GPU Wonder: More Information on the Hydra 100
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Old August 28, 2008, 09:23 AM
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So basically nVidia are confirming their leaving the chipset market with this move.
Its for the best imo, I find the intel chipsets are the best and now combined with SLI can only get stronger.
Looks like this could be another hit for AMD to struggle to recover from.

There is also rumors circling that you will be able to enable SLI on older intel chipsets, I saw a quote stating that nVidia will not stop users from doing this only board manufacturers. So good news all around
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They will get a small licensing fee for every board sold too.
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Old August 28, 2008, 09:51 AM
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This is good news indeed and I figured Nvidia would give in sooner or later
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Old August 28, 2008, 10:06 AM
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All I can say is, good move but a tad bit late. C'mon currently with ATI card dominating on Nvidia cards, who really will settle for SLI, Crossfire scales better anyway.

Unless, nvidia comes with not 1, but couple of video cards that can perform better, i'm sure by that time AMD ATI will probably have another day to spoil for nvidia. The x58 boards are good no doubt, but crossife instead.
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Old August 28, 2008, 10:37 AM
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as burns would say ..EXCELLENT, I dont really care what anyone say the nvidia chipsets were not that great, stability was crapshoot at times... i have went through 3 680i's of that 3 this one is only was barely stable, i still keep getting the c1 error, though but through the forums i found a work around that is temporary, but since i am working a new machine, i will wait for a new mobo....
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Old August 28, 2008, 10:43 AM
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IMO, this is GREAT news. The only problem is the "how much" factor since I am sure mobo manufacturers will want to squeeze every dollar out of us for an SLI & Crossfire board.
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Yay! If so, a second 9800GX2 might be an option.....
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This is indeed great news.

It makes sense for nVidia to do this for a few reasons:

1) Board manufacturers were probably reluctant to buy their stupid cash-grab SLI chip to put on boards that had already been designed.
2) They are currently getting their butts whipped in the GPU realm and this will certainly take away the advantage that ATI has in terms of being able to use an Intel chipset.
3) They were out of the chipset business anyway.

But I agree, the consumer is the final winner in this battle. Now, as to enabling SLI on older chipsets, is that just a driver thing, or is there more involved? EDIT: Just read it, I guess it would need a bios update too. Well, the GPU war should heat up even more next year!

Another article:
AnandTech: Hell Freezes Over: NVIDIA Announces Native SLI Support for the Intel X58 Chipset
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