So, I guess if they were to come out with new ATI DX 10 cards, they still would be using the crossfire in x8 x8???
They use both now, and likely will support both then too.
Xfire like SLi can be 16x, 8x, and even 4x.
*sighs* Within the next year or two... there will be PCI Express Gen 2... x.x
Do we really need this? :roll:
Yes, because PCIe 2.0 will also add 75 watts across the bus doubling the power to the card to 150W, meaning a GF8800 and R600 would only need 1 six pin connector, not 2.
Everyone thininks it's only about speed, but there's more to this stuff than just throughput.
If they had jumped to PCIe 150W from the start they would've been fine with the GF7 and X1K series card with no power connector, now I doubt they can do 225-250W without some serious power management issues on the MoBo, especially with multiple cards.
I thought PCI Express Gen 2 is come out in 4 quarter of 2007. Along with HyperTransport 3.0
IF they doing away with the need for a 'mastercard'. Do you mean? No need for two card. So 2 cards in 1?
Crossfire 2 is already out - instead on needing a master and slave card, connected with a dongle, the crossfire 2 cards can just have 2 normal cards with the same gpu plugged in and run in crossfire - no dongle needed, no master card needed. Some of the x1650's and i think x1950 pro's (?) use this.
You still need 2 cards for crossfire - that's what crossfire is, it's just newer cards don't need a master/slave setup - just 2 normal cards (the ATI R600 GPU coming out soon will have this i believe).
word. I just ignore awkward postings with stupid fonts.
I am waiting to upgrade to C2D until the official (or at least credible) R600 v. G80 benchmarks come out. I forsee getting a large display, so I want to setup the upgrade path (just in case, may not even use it lol).
Hmmmm, I finally see a good reason why AMD and ATI bothered to merge... Maybe AMD can help ATI move to 65 nm and get ahead of Nvidia for a while. Guys, would it be a good thing if Intel bought Nvidia, or not, what do you think?
I honestly don't think Intel will, too much cannibalization of their own sales. Intel already makes a worthwhile IGP. To purchase nVidia would introduce significant overlap in a very high volume segment of the market. While they could integrate the two, I am just not sure it is a great idea. I think because Intel is in the middle of trimming excess fat due to their 2 year hiring spree, the cost and headaches caused by an acquisition would be more than they need right now. Now a joint-venture may crop up in an effort to tackle and counter AMD's Fusion, but that is about all I would expect. It is also possible that Intel could do it entirely solo since they make IGP's and CPU's already on their own at their own facilities. They don't technically need nVidia to counter fusion, but may lean on them for their GPU expertise in the discrete arena (who knows why lol).