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Microsoft calls Hybrid SLI and CrossFire unstable

Posted on Friday, November 07 2008 @ 01:32:49 CET by

Windows 7 documentation unveils Microsoft doesn't think the hybrid graphics technologies from AMD and NVIDIA are worthy of a spot in its next-generation operating system. CustomPC spotted the software developer has branded both Hybrid SLI and Hybrid CrossFire as "unstable" technologies that can provide a poor user experience.
In Microsoft’s Guidelines for Graphics in Windows 7 document, which was released yesterday, Microsoft outlined its feelings about hybrid graphics, stating that ‘Windows 7 does not offer native support for hybrid graphics systems.’ Not only that, but Microsoft added the reason for the decision saying that hybrid graphics systems ‘can be unstable and provide a poor user experience,’ and that it would ‘strongly discourage system manufacturers from shipping such systems.’ Microsoft also added that ‘such systems require a reboot to switch between GPUs.’

Both Hybrid SLI and Hybrid CrossFire are low-end multi-graphics systems that allow you to complement an integrated graphics chip with a low-end discrete graphics card to boost the performance. It’s a feature that Nvidia touted as a potential advantage of its recently-announced GeForce 9 mGPU, which can get a boost from the addition of a GeForce 8400 GS or 8500 GT card.



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