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    Nvidia SLI (Scalable Link Interface)

    Just read in issue 17 of PC extreme about Nvidias SLI.

    In short its using two graphics cards to act as one like dual
    CPUs.

    Pretty interesting and Nvidia claim an 87% improvement in frame rates.
    Although it said it can be over 100%.

    Also they talk about an Alienware computer which does the samething, who claim about 50% improvement... using their teaming software.

    So when will you overclocking nutters be getting one or is it two?? apparently it needs PCIexpress borads with two native 16x slots.

    It seems that you use normal cards and you just stick a little pcb connector between cards and install the software.


    Well they sound like they are only for the hardcore.

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    Check out voodoo 2's. Old technology using SLI Its nothing new, its just only now that the large companies can be bothered to intergrate it.

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    heh

    Nvidia bought 3dfx didn't they if I recall correctly, and now its the return of the old technology to help improve the new technology.

    I for one, personally am waiting for a dual PCI-E x 16 motherboard with the nforce 4 chipset before I start building my next PC. Hopefully Nvidia and the rest of the people involved in releasing all these parts will make it a happy christmas in the monkey household

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shogun
    Check out voodoo 2's. Old technology using SLI Its nothing new, its just only now that the large companies can be bothered to intergrate it.
    Its different SLI.
    They stand for 2 different things.

    No doubt named the same for marketing purposes
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    And by trying to force me to like small pants, they've alienated me.

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    It basically means that you can buy 2 lower end cards, possibly waiting a couple months in between to get more money, and end up with better performance than 1 high-end card, and have it a lot more affordable.

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    Wouldnt the two cards have to be identical?

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    kind of like dual channel memory then?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Agent
    Its different SLI.
    They stand for 2 different things.

    No doubt named the same for marketing purposes
    Scan Line Interleave IIRC?
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    Scan Line Interleave was the technology name for 3dfx.
    Scalable Link Interface is the one Nvidia are going to use.

    Talk about marketing
    Quote Originally Posted by Saracen View Post
    And by trying to force me to like small pants, they've alienated me.

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    I'm just amazed I remembered that off the top of my head
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    I knew both
    I need to get out more :\
    Quote Originally Posted by Saracen View Post
    And by trying to force me to like small pants, they've alienated me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Agent
    Scan Line Interleave was the technology name for 3dfx.
    Scalable Link Interface is the one Nvidia are going to use.

    Talk about marketing
    Would only work on us oldies who knew about the old SLI tho

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shogun
    Would only work on us oldies who knew about the old SLI tho

    pffttt, you were talking like it was the same technology untill i pointed it out
    Quote Originally Posted by Saracen View Post
    And by trying to force me to like small pants, they've alienated me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Agent
    pffttt, you were talking like it was the same technology untill i pointed it out
    Shush you !

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    LOL

    /me wonders who will spend the best part of £1000 just on graphics hardware for gaming...
    Last edited by Stoo; 21-07-2004 at 05:18 PM.
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