New motherboard no longer required
Lucid has said that its HydraLogix manufacturer-agnostic multi-GPU will no longer need an expensive new motherboard that includes the chip. Although the technology has been getting some good reviews, it seems that one of the things that has been holding it back has been fact that to use it, users need a new motherboard.
Now the company has announced plans to build the processor directly onto video-cards. Dubbed Unity, the new graphics-architecture will allow manufacturers to place the HydraLogix 200 processor alongside a GPU as if it was built into the motherboard. Buying a new video-card with one of these chips will allow you to combine it with older cards from a previous generation.
The HydraLogix chip is sold on its flexibility in that it allowing any GPU to be combined with any other on any platform, regardless of chipset or processor. Shoving it on a card will mean users will have even more options when it comes to building a multi-GPU system.
The outfit has ruled out making any add-in boards itself while PowerColor has agreed to launch a card based on the UNITY design. Smart money is on MSI and ASUS following suit.
I was curious why they didn't just do a stanalone pci 1.0 or regular pci card for lucid to mix gpus while i like the idea of it being on a graphics card itself depending on price i might be adverse if it adds too much cost to a graphics card, now if it were standalone i could move it to a new rig if i were upgrading and still get the benefit... and yea it probably wouldnt' be much benefit to me as while i plan on building a new box by the end of the year my current system is a socket 754 so.... i build machines to last a few years and a stand aloen lucid chip might be replaced by then but i can dream