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jAkUp
12-16-04, 11:44 AM
Check this out!!
http://www.tomshardware.com/hardnews/20041216_115811.html

Chicago (IL) - Gigabyte will announce Friday the industry's first graphics card running two graphics processors on one board. According to sources, the SLI card will lift current 3DMark2003 record revels by a significant margin while being priced lower than ATI's and Nvidia's single-GPU high-end cards

http://www.nvnews.net/vbulletin/attachment.php?attachmentid=9264
http://www.nvnews.net/vbulletin/attachment.php?attachmentid=9263

wEEt
12-16-04, 11:48 AM
WTF? Never heard of that...Which cores are used? NV40? But...How? Don't understand...Being priced lower than Single-GPU Cards...Veeeeeery interesting.
Ahhh...2 6600GT on one card. Very nice :)

jAkUp
12-16-04, 11:52 AM
Dual 6600GT's
http://www.tomshardware.com/hardnews/20041216_115811.html

Kev1
12-16-04, 11:57 AM
Woe (salute)

dsessom
12-16-04, 11:59 AM
That's totally rocks! And it will be on the shelves by mid Jan05?
I wonder if it will come in AGP, or if it will be PCI Express only?

Gator
12-16-04, 12:09 PM
HOLY CRAP!!! It's a 6600GT MAXX!!! :beer:

Pandora's Box
12-16-04, 12:19 PM
HOLY CRAP!!! It's a 6600GT MAXX!!! :beer:


(xmastong)

|MaguS|
12-16-04, 12:21 PM
That's totally rocks! And it will be on the shelves by mid Jan05?
I wonder if it will come in AGP, or if it will be PCI Express only?

Im guessing only PCI-Express since it uses Nvidia's SLi method... kinda tricks it into thinking 2 cards are installed im guessing, I bet it will only work on thier MB also!

Dazz
12-16-04, 12:22 PM
hmm i don't know, dual VPU's on one board w/o SLI bundled with a SLI board anyone find that strange? Peformance wise it would be better

2x 500Mhz 8x1 cores = 16x1 @ 500Mhz!!
1GHz 256bit memory better then 2x 128bit being on one board reduces latency

saturnotaku
12-16-04, 12:23 PM
I wonder if it will come in AGP, or if it will be PCI Express only?

It's probably not going to be AGP, considering the specifications don't allow for recognition of more than one device on that bus. The Rage Fury MAXX used a driver trick to fool Windows into seeing one PCI and one AGP device. This is a route I would absolutely consider since I wouldn't have to spend $250-300 on the motherboard alone.

But that begs the question...would it be possible to run two of those cards on a normal SLI board? Four GPU goodness. :drooling:

jAkUp
12-16-04, 12:28 PM
But that begs the question...would it be possible to run two of those cards on a normal SLI board? Four GPU goodness. :drooling:

Well, if you notice on the refrence Gigabyte board shown in the picture, it does not have an SLI connector :( Still curious whether or not it can be done....

saturnotaku
12-16-04, 12:30 PM
Well, if you notice on the refrence Gigabyte board shown in the picture, it does not have an SLI connector :( Still curious whether or not it can be done....

Bah, you're right. I have to think there would have to be some major driver mojo needed to get two of those cards running in tandem. I hope Gigabyte's at least considering the possibility.

-=DVS=-
12-16-04, 12:39 PM
Would be more exciteing if its was two 6800GTs or Ultras , 6600GT doesn't have that much power realy.

StoNer
12-16-04, 12:42 PM
wow thats pretty cool, i wonder how it will perform compared to a single 6800GT pci-e (snow=D)

fivefeet8
12-16-04, 12:43 PM
Yeah, 2 dual core GPU's in SLi would definately be sweet.

2x8x2 = 32 pipes. If it gets 14000+ 2k3 marks times that by 2... and.. :eek:

fivefeet8
12-16-04, 12:44 PM
Would be more exciteing if its was two 6800GTs or Ultras , 6600GT doesn't have that much power realy.

There is a difference though. This dual core gpu has 256bit/256meg memory.

StoNer
12-16-04, 12:48 PM
i doubt they could fit 2 6800GTs or ultras on one board unless they strapped half the memory to the back or something... doesnt sound reasonable.

jAkUp
12-16-04, 12:49 PM
Well it did score over 14K in 3DMark03 which is better than any stock Ultra, even better than an x850xt.

mustrum
12-16-04, 01:15 PM
You get a meainboard plus a graphics card that performs a bit better than the top range cards for less money.
NOT BAD!

The SLI technology is not wihtout trouble thoug so i guess this solution has the same problems. Performance will be good only with SLI optimized games.
The german site hardwareluxx tested SLI and only 8 form 18 games worked with SLI (or was it 8 from 18 not working?).
This means that the card will be a lot slower when a game is not SLI optimized by nvidia driver.

Still looking VERY interesting.

Toss3
12-16-04, 01:51 PM
i doubt they could fit 2 6800GTs or ultras on one board unless they strapped half the memory to the back or something... doesnt sound reasonable.

couldn't they just use two 6800gts with 128mb of memory or something? :-) still it looks very interesting.. bet ATi will release something similar soon.. (snowman)

GlowStick
12-16-04, 02:01 PM
Hmm, Nvidias desgin really seems to be showing off of how flexible it is.

I do belive that it is 'possible' for two of those boards to work in sli, however they would have to add the bridge at the top and work out the bugs. IM baseing that on the fact that i belive i recall the orginal SLi Press Release to say that it could do two or more video cards. SO it would make sence that it could possibly do 4 gpu's!!!

Make me wonder if two NV40's are possible :D

gokickrocks
12-16-04, 02:37 PM
im sure that they can do 2 nv40s since they are still communicating through SLI, only this time it is all on the video card itself

ragejg
12-16-04, 03:14 PM
6600 series cores support 256 bit memory interface? Thats a slightly tantalizing fact...

/me thinks of a spring '05 $200 6650 Ultra AGP with said memory interface :p

zoomy942
12-16-04, 03:37 PM
not to be pessimistic, but i remember the voodoo 5 5500 has 2 GPU's. the catch was that they didnt load balance. they had their own memory and did the same thing at the same tmie. now i know this setup is vastly different, but i cant help but be skeptical. and you have to take benchmarks that come from a manufaturer with a grain of salt. nvidia's benchmarks always beat ATI in everything by about 500%, and ati does likewise to nvidia according the ATI. so.. so i dont get beat down by lollipop kids with crowbars.. gigabyte has a good idea, but the implementation remains to be seen.

test
12-16-04, 04:36 PM
I don't think you will be able to SLI two of these together, the article said that it already uses SLI technology to link the two GPU's as it is. I don't think they will be able to SLI-SLI. =P