NVIDIA launches SLI-based solution for high-end card power consumption. Meet the Hybrid SLI - both cost-effective and performance-enhancing, straight from NVIDIA.
In the conclusions The review we wrote about the NVIDIA 8800 Indicate the unprecedented power consumption of the cards for the worse, and it seems that NVIDIA Came to similar conclusions. The general trend in recent years for companies is to take into account not only the absolute performance of the products they launch, but also another factor - the power in relation to performance.
If so, what is the relationship between power saving, which is interested NVIDIA To achieve, and an array of two video cards, which consume together a double carrier? Well, the solution it offers NVIDIA There are two modes of operation: one for a situation where XNUMXD processing is not required, and one for a situation where such processing is needed (for example, a computer game - a situation where the video card sweats and devours power). In a situation where the user does not need any graphics processing at all, the graphics core that drives the video card will be turned off, and the images that will be seen on the screen will produce a significantly weaker video card, which will also require a smaller amount of power. This technology even makes it possible to play all the video cards at the same time - in a situation where the video card built for games works at full load, along with it, the built-in video card will also come into operation. Moreover, this feature will work not only with one unstructured video card, but even with two, according to the same principle, when there is no need for XNUMXD processing, the power-consuming video cards will remain off and quiet.
According to NVIDIA, This solution even allows the introduction of SLI-based systems into a laptop enclosure, without sacrificing the battery's short battery life. Of course, as long as you do not play games on the system, the system can be used as a mobile office, but if the user wants to play on such a system, he will have to find a vacant socket.
"Using Hybrid SLI technology, you will have one powerful, unstructured video card and one built-in video card. When the technology switches between the two, you will not have to connect your monitor to another video port. We designed the technology so that a system based on this technology will have one video port: The one on the built-in video card. " Explained Jeff Fisher, General Manager atNVIDIA Of the unit dealing with graphic processors. It is also reported that the technology will be available for purchase later this year, although it is not yet clear when exactly. What is clear is that such a technology may offer at least a partial solution to the high power consumption problem of modern graphics cards.