Expreview claims NVIDIA does not like Lucid's Hydra at all and considers to block this new multi-GPU solution by making its GeForce drivers incompatible with the chip. The site also claims NVIDIA may be trying to get MSI to shelve the Big Bang Fuzion motherboard.
Considering the product would impact NVIDIA’s profit coming from SLI fee, the green giant decides that it’s time to do something. Firstly, they will break support for Lucid’s chip at the driver part, and by unknown means force MSI to postpone their “Big Bang” motherboard. Though MSI claims the Big Bang Fusion powered by Hydra engine will be released by the end of 2009, we don’t think so, exactly. The site Overclock3D believes the board will be delayed to early next year, or even be killed finally.
FUD Zilla on the other hand claims MSI will certainly launch the Big Bang Fuzion but that there are some driver problems and that this pushed the launch to Q1 2010:
And we certainly doubt that MSI would spend a nice amount of marketing money to promote a product that will simply disappear from the face of the earth. MSI might depend on Nvidia, but not that much.
You can check out the official statement from MSI below.
"The MSI Big Bang Fuzion (Hydra 200) hardware is ready. Currently Lucid is optimizing the driver for Windows 7 so that it works stable and in all configurations (Mix & Match). Because MSI is dedicated to bring high quality and stable product on the market we decided to postpone the Big Bang Fuzion (Hydra 200) pending the MSI internal qualification assurance test. The Big Bang Fuzion (Hydra 200) will be released when it’s driver is finished which is most likely Q1 2010.
All information regarding Big Bang series can be found here: http://event.msi.com/mb/bigbang/”
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Re: NVIDIA to block Lucid Hydra in its drivers? by Anonymous on Saturday, November 07 2009 @ 04:33:51 CET
And Nvidia is giving Intel grief? Good lord, Nvidia never learns. Open up your own technology and stop this petty driver blocking idiocy. Otherwise you can never expect Intel or AMD to do the same. You want an open market, demonstrate you know what one is.