Intel Bloomfield won't do SLI

Posted on Friday, Apr 18 2008 @ 03:10 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
FUD Zilla writes Intel is going to give NVIDIA a fight. The site claims Bloomfield will still not support SLI and that Intel may attempt to screw NVIDIA's chipset business:
First generation Nehalem won't do SLI, but it will support Crossfire as Intel likes AMD more than Nvidia, which is kind of an awkward situation.

If there is a mechanism for Intel to remove Nvidia from its chipset list for future products, this is highly likely to happen. Just remember the Nforce 680i where Intel intentionally forgot to tell Nvidia that it changed the Yorkfield 45nm quad cores and the final score is that Nforce 680i doesn’t run with 45nm quad cores.

This cost Nvidia a lot of money as it decided to swap all Nforce 680i reference designed boards for 780i and this happened when Intel was rather cold to Nvidia. It also caused an upset in the market, as not all of Nvidia's partners got in on the upgrade scheme.
Overall I don't think this is such a big problem for NVIDIA. In most cases SLI doesn't really make sense anyway and if you really want two GPUs you can buy cards like the GeForce 9800 GX2.


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Re: Intel Bloomfield won't do SLI
by Anonymous on Friday, Apr 18 2008 @ 22:06 CEST
After the data corruption issues of the 790 and 680 and nearly all the Nvidia chipsets, is it even a question what to choose?

Frankly, strap a future 9900GX2 (dual GT200mobile) board to your "poor" single x16 slot and you'll be able to drive a 30" monitor in Crysis.

SLI would have been good if it had wider adoption. As it is, it's too late to matter.



Re: Intel Bloomfield won't do SLI
by Anonymous on Wednesday, Apr 23 2008 @ 15:07 CEST
this just means that people that want SLI (like two 8800GTs) will wait for a newer nVidia chipset to be released...

Is it me, or does anyone else find it ironic that Intel seems to prefer ATI over nVidia- and ATI is owned by AMD...