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Old 07-27-08, 11:22 AM   #1
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Default Lucid "Hydra" Graphics Tech

Has anyone heard of this product yet?

http://www.lucidlogix.com/technology/index.html

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The HYDRA Engine is the first solution that "plays well with others." Unlike other technologies, it is completely compatible with all gaming applications, chipsets and GPUs from any vendor, so you can develop a totally customizable PC solution. Mix and match elements into your gaming system to achieve the price and performance level that's just perfect for you. And developers no longer have to write games and applications specific to a chip. Whether the API is OpenGL or Direct3D, the HYDRA Engine can tackle both.
Hmm, this is interesting. I wonder if something like this would minimalize the advantage Nvidia or ATI would have with a certain development group and level the playing field.
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Old 07-27-08, 05:29 PM   #2
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Sorry, hadn't seen it mentioned.
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Old 07-27-08, 05:42 PM   #3
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Sorry, hadn't seen it mentioned.
http://www.nvnews.net/vbulletin/show....php?t=116255&
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Umm isn't this like any other graphics engine?
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Old 07-28-08, 02:26 AM   #5
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Umm isn't this like any other graphics engine?
this is a hardware solution.. it isnt an graphic engine
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Old 08-19-08, 09:13 AM   #6
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http://www.pcper.com/article.php?aid=607
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This is really interesting.

It's a 'smart' chip that works between Direct3D & the GPU vendor driver.

Really interesting.
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This is really interesting.

It's a 'smart' chip that works between Direct3D & the GPU vendor driver.

Really interesting.
Wow, this is big.

I hope this technology is reliable because it sounds amazing.

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Can HYDRA support multiple monitors while in rendering mode? YES! This was one of the cooler parts of the demo; while playing Crysis at over 60 FPS on a pair of 9800 GTs we had a web browser window open on the second monitor. Even more impressive was that Lucid claimed we could be playing 1080p video back on that other monitor and the HYDRA system would adapt easily. With one GPU doing HD decoding it would simply end up with less "tasks" assigned to it as its load would be higher than the other GPU(s) inside the system. Scaling would be lower of course, but the transition would be completely transparent to the end user.

What DirectX versions are supported or will be supported and what about OpenGL? Right now, only DX9 is working though DX10.1 will be ready by the end of the year. With DX10 and DX11's implementations of multi-GPU data improving and adding to the HYDRA Engine technology will only get easier for team compared to the work they had to do on DX9. OpenGL is supported by the HYDRA Engine as well.

Could this technology be applied to GPGPU work as well? Yes, though that is still far into the future. One area the team did say would be easily taken advantage of by their technology is ray tracing with its incredibly task-oriented workflow.

Can HYDRA really be used with ANY graphics technology? Yep, Lucid said you could even setup some VIA S3 Chrome cards if you really wanted too...


This is what multi-GPU has been lacking over the past 4 years...
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What I find amazing is that this is all done with a single chip that runs cool and barely uses any power (5w).

This sounds like something that'd be extremely processing intensive, to the point of being damned near impossible to do in real time... but some little company has managed to do it efficiently.

It just sounds too good to be true.

I almost wish AMD or nvidia would buy them out to ensure that this technology is used and developed fully... but I'd also rather have it work with any graphics card, which definitely wouldn't happen if one company owned it.

Either way, unless this is complete BS or its extremely buggy, this could be the future of graphics cards.
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Finally i can watch movies and play crysis at the same time...
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This technology might work, but, i guess that a big company will end buying this 'little' company, due to own interests.

Maybe it could be possible to use 2 nVidia cards with an AIB hydra card in any mobo. Of course, this is something that nVidia would never allow.
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So why is Intel interested in this? Well, they could offer a platform solution through motherboards with this chip on them that delivers better multi-GPU scaling than either NVIDIA or AMD are capable of offering natively on their own platforms. With the issues in getting NVIDIA SLI on Intel systems, this will really be a slap in the face for them.
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