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Thursday, 28 April 2011 22:00

Nvidia officially nods for SLI on AMD motherboards

Written by Slobodan Simic
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AMD 900 series chipset with SLI
Although it was already rumoured back in March, Nvidia has now officially confirmed that it is licensing SLI technology to motherboard makers for use with AMD CPUs, so that AMD's upcoming, performance-oriented Bulldozer chip can be used with a pair of Green Goblin GPUs.

On its blog, NVidia's Tom Petersen confirmed the rumours that have been around for quite some time and announced that motherboards based on AMD's upcoming 990FX, 990X and 970 chipsets will have SLI support, in case you want to go that way. Tom Petersen mentioned Asus, MSI, Gigabyte and ASRock as first manufacturers that will offer SLI-enabled boards, but other vendors are also expected to join.

Tom Peterson also showed a rather perculiar picture of Asus' Crosshair V Formula motherboard box that shows Nvidia SLI sticker among all other red and one Phenom II sticker, something that honestly just looks weird.

It looks like you won't have to abandon your Nvidia card if you are waiting for some AM3+ fun after all. You can find Tom Peterson's blog here.

Last modified on Friday, 29 April 2011 09:36
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+41 #1 Silentwalker 2011-04-29 09:47
That is awesome news, alot of people might be fans of Nvidia but they don't want to spend alot more $$$ for intel chips. Good to know people have more of a choice to what they can buy now.
+22 #2 deadspeedv 2011-04-29 10:33
WTF I did not see this coming. Nvidia allowed them to support SLI? This is the same company that refused to use XFX because they started selling AMD graphics cards o.O
+12 #3 bobjohn9995 2011-04-29 11:12
money talks
+11 #4 yourma2000 2011-04-29 11:19
Quoting deadspeedv:
Nvidia allowed them to support SLI?

Actually, AMD is the one allowing SLI on their chipsets, Since Nvidia doesn't make chipsets anymore or make their own CPUs there would be no benefit out of prevent SLI on AMD boards, if anything they'll be hurting their own growth and not giving their customers many options, but AMD has been the decision maker for the last few years as they grew their Graphics industry, but now AMD are taking CPUs seriously with the release of Bulldozer, allowing SLI will help them take the fight to Intel
+1 #5 NickThePrick 2011-04-29 11:34
Finally things make more sense between those 3 companies. I still wish NV would make chipsets again, but this is a step back into the right direction for sure.

I'm guessing AMD will have to pay the 5$ license fee per board ? It kinda indicates that bulldozer will be serious competition. Looking forward to see the benchmarks this summer.
-6 #6 Steve-O 2011-04-29 12:08
In before Warrior has a nic fit and his brain asplodes due to extreme logic!
+3 #7 chyll2 2011-04-29 12:42
nvidia need cash
-1 #8 Blizzard 2011-04-29 12:55
Quoting deadspeedv:
WTF I did ..... cards o.O

+1 Agreed

The point is, money and market-share they will lose, if they wouldn't support that platform!
With direct selling of GPU and XFX is a little bit other situation.

"It looks like you won't have to abandon your Nvidia card if you are waiting for some AM3+ fun after all."

Hm... way to abandon "YOUR CARD"? if cards may be, and after all if high end, 590 with 2xGPU its not a problem, without SLI support, SLI just solution for 2x/3x/4x cards, but its the hell rare to see such configuration
And if you have the money and buy an ASUS Asus Crosshair V Extreme, you could use AMD+nVidia on the same MB!
5$ for nothing - just my opinion!!!
Funny to see 2 Green logos :-)
+8 #9 The_Countess 2011-04-29 15:34
Quoting yourma2000:
Quoting deadspeedv:
Nvidia allowed them to support SLI?
Actually, AMD is the one allowing SLI on their chipsets

its always been nvidia that's been difficult about supporting SLI on other chip-sets.
if they wanted it supported on any chip-set all they had to do was add it to the white-list in their drivers, or removed the check all together.

there is nothing to SLI in terms of chipset support except the check in the video-drivers. it was always all up to Nvidia. all AMD did was not wanting to pay up to be added to the white-list, and rightly so.
that wasn't to much of a problem for nvidia considering current AMD cpu performance in games.
but it seems they expect that to change with bulldozer.
-30 #10 bardenck 2011-04-29 15:56
Its cool dont get me wrong, but it seems like amd is shooting themselves in the foot possibly. they are giving consumers another reason not to buy there cards for crossfire! HEY BUY OUR CPU BUT WELL LET YOU USE THE COMPETITION'S CARDS...OR they'll sell more boards and cpus by giving the option...either way.. given that, honestly, amd cpu's dont fair as well as intel when it comes down to serious gaming, why would someone putting 500-1000 bucks in cards in sli want to go with amd anyway? i guess only having 20% of the cpu market makes people desperate.

to whomever is downvoting me, try giving a reason, you cant argue against the truth?-2

still no response -5! http://www.overclockersclub.com/reviews/intel_corei7_2600k_and_corei5_2500k/12.htm

-7....no response

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