Good news for NVIDIA enthusiasts planning to purchase the X58 system at the end of the year. At the Nvision conference, NVIDIA announced that it will be able to support its graphics card array in the new Intel 58 chipset without the need for a dedicated chip.
Intel plans to launch its new processors with a Nehalem core series towards the end of the year Core i7. A new chipset called X58 will also be launched The first panels that are based on it are already beginning to be exposed. The chips of the X58, like previous Intel chips, naturally support AMD's CrossFire technology because ATI has previously managed to enable the use of its technology in Intel chipsets.
Unlike ATI, NVIDIA kept the cards close to the chest and did not allow Intel to use the SLI technology in its chipsets. The option to set up an SLI system was exclusive to NVIDIA chipset boards. However, these facts will change soon, with the launch of the X58 kit.
The new Intel architecture includes a new interface named QuickPath Which replaces the FSB and its properties and Intel refuses to disclose. In doing so, it avoids other manufacturers, among them NVIDIA Produce chipsets for Core i7 processors. The previous situation, Bo NVIDIA Does not allow Intel to offer support for SLI in its chipsets, would actually prevent SLI from being used on all X58 boards if a special chip board NVIDIA Allowing the SLI operation. This chip is called NF200, and it makes it more complicated and complicated to design panels that are already expensive and complex due to the Core i7 architecture requirements, so it is expected that very few panels will contain it and in turn they will be significantly more expensive than other boards.
So it seems now that NVIDIA Has been broken, and announced that it will allow the licensing of SLI technology on the X58 boards without the need for additional chips. The requirements of NVIDIA Are that boards authorized to support SLI will have to undergo licensing testing at the company's laboratories and will be required to include the "SLI Certified" logo on the product packaging and publications. This of course will not be free and-NVIDIA You will charge a fee for each such board.
Licensing will be done by using a code in the BIOS of the motherboard. The combination of identifying the X58 chip and the dedicated BIOS code will cause the NVIDIA Enable theSLI, Where the Company is aware that there will be instances in which users will embed the code inBIOS Of unauthorized boards or distributed drivers to attempt to circumvent the limit.