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Intel's Upcoming X58 Chipset Does SLI Without Nvidia's Chipset..

Discussion in 'Intel x86 CPUs and chipsets' started by DiGiTaL MoNkEY, Aug 28, 2008.

  1. DiGiTaL MoNkEY

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    This is only for X58 based motherboards, it will not include any others at this point in time.

    X58 Boards marked under the "SLI Licensed" scheme do not need/use Nvidia's nForce 200 chipset, for basic SLI functionality...

    But there will be X58 based motherboards that come with Nvidia's nForce 200 Chipset that give you more full speed PCI-Express slots, for the possibility of running up to four cards at full PCI-Express 2.0 speeds....real Quad SLI anyone?

    Check out slides 3 and 4 for the differences between a X58 board with and without a nvidia chip on it.

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    Nice, More Options For us.
     
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    DiGiTaL MoNkEY

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    And hopefully less buggy nvidia chipsets....
     
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    might get nvidia back in the game.
     
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    I expect 6 months before someone comes out with a hack to allow non-certified boards or maybe even X38/X48 boards to have SLI.
     
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    nvidia caved in! lol

    tsk tsk tsk good thing that intel told them who's the boss!

    without this deal:

    1. you could kiss nvidia chipset business goodbye!
    2. less revenue for discrete video card since people interested in multi-gpu setup would probably move to ATI. and even if they retain the AMD chipsets, it'll be nothing compared to losing the Intel side.
     
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    Excellent. I'd been expecting this, glad to see it's happened. Now I'd like to see them just open it up entirely, although as mentioned above, I reckon hacked drivers will be available soon enough.
     
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    The most common configurations are generally with two cards, with a rare amount of people wanting three card SLI and full speed pci-express. I wonder what the price difference between the boards.

    Nvidia have stated they are skipping this set of processors and not directly making motherboards. From what i recall nvidia's motherboard business was about 20% of their income and they owned more than 50% of the market.

    So i doubt this decision was made lightly and i'm sure they are going to be well paid for it.
     
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    yep, and nVidia has currently a lot of other problems. They chose the lesser of 2 evils.
     
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    Tweaktown say that nVidia expect end users will cheat the system but that they're only worried about OEMs and manufacturers paying the licence fees and nVidia won't do anything to stop users. :thumbup:

    Now, nVidia, if we could please get SLI on Intel X38/48 and P45, as I've promised numerous times, I will buy two, maybe even three nVidia cards tomorrow....
     
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    What is "basic"? Sounds like a limitation.
     
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    2 cards natively, 3 or 4 cards will require the nforce 200 bridge thingy. Or so it seems.

    edit: oh, no - based on those slides, it seems "basic" is 3 or 4 slots where they aren't ALL x16.
     
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    (Agg edit: don't post that kind of thing, it's totally pointless. the 10 char limit exists for a reason.)
     
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    intel made them squirm, so finally more choice for us. i gotta say, it does make sense to only offer it for the new chipset
     
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    Yesss, but then intel does not seem to like giving goodies like 4 x16 electrical slots :|

    I wait for the day that a board comes out with atleast that config..imagine a MATX board with that ;)
     
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    Thief, steal my slides will you Agg :p:lol: lol
     
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    Saved me digging up the press kit somewhere else. :)
     
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    4 16x slots on a matx board is useless...for a while (hell when PCI dies it might be common to have that many) Im now hoping for a mATX board with 2 16x slots that can be used for either SLI or Crossfire
     
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    if I were intel, I'll stipulate in the agreement that jen-sun(?) must publicly apologise for the things he said and admit they were wrong in withholding sli.

    make him beg!
     
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    I do like the aspect that you can have two full x16 slots on just the x58 chipset. This way it will make it easier to choose between nVidia/ATi for gfx cards. Because you dont really need 4 x16 slots, i think either 2 GTX280's or 2 4870/4870x2's should be good enough for just about anyone :p :D
     

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