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Subject: Graphics Cards, Motherboards, Chipsets | April 28, 2011 - 09:45 AM | Ryan Shrout
Tagged: sli, nvidia, amd, 990x, 990fx, 970
In a move that is long overdue, NVIDIA's Tom Peteresen announced on a blog post that SLI multi-GPU support was finally going to be offered on AMD platforms with the upcoming launch of the AMD 990FX, 990X and 970 chipsets. On previous AMD platforms users have not been able to use multiple NVIDIA graphics cards in SLI because NVIDIA simply did not allow licensing of the technology on them. As of this month, that policy is changing.
According to the post, NVIDIA has had a change of heart and wants to "make sure gamers can benefit from the new CPU competitive landscape and ensure they have NVIDIA SLI – the highest performance, most stable multi-GPU solution - to game on!" The lack of SLI on previous chipsets was the result of Intel being the dominate CPU platform of choice for gamers in recent years.
ASUS, Gigabyte, ASRock, and MSI are going to be the first out of the block with motherboard based on the AMD 990FX, 990X and 970 chipsets with SLI support according to NVIDIA's Petersen.
This doesn't change NVIDIA's stance on the whole licensing and charging motherboard vendors to integrate SLI thing, however. In an ideal world, NVIDIA would have announced that they were opening up SLI to work on ANY motherboard, future or present, that has enough PCI Express slots on them, just like we see today with AMD's own CrossFire technology. Despite pressure to do that, NVIDIA is standing by its current formula and expanding into the realm of AMD chipsets.
Regardless, today is a good day for AMD fans and gamers alike that want more choice and more variety in their system build options for the future. The AMD Llano and Bulldozer-based processors just got a little more gaming friendly.
Subject: Chipsets | February 27, 2011 - 07:35 PM | Ryan Shrout
According to a story posted over at VRZone this weekend, it looks like Intel has not only started shipping the revised, no-more-SATA-bug B3 versions of the Cougar Point chipsets, but has also started sending out the Z68 variant to motherboard vendors. This completely new chipset for the Sandy Bridge platform brings quite a few new features to the table.
Subject: Chipsets | February 15, 2011 - 03:19 PM | Ryan Shrout
Subject: Chipsets | January 31, 2011 - 08:56 PM | Ryan Shrout
Anandtech was able to get some information on the Intel 6-series chipset issue that was revealed earlier today and the problem appears to more technical that originally thought. After some discussion with one of Intel's VPs, the story is revealed.
Subject: Chipsets | January 31, 2011 - 11:59 AM | Ryan Shrout
Happy Monday everyone; except those of you that might work at Intel. It looks like Intel has found (and is readily admitting to) a pretty substantial flaw in the current shipping Intel 6-series chipsets used by the Sandy Bridge processors that were released earlier this month. What could be so series that Intel is taking the time to publicly out itself and plan for a $700M budget hit for recall / replacement?
Subject: Chipsets | November 10, 2010 - 11:10 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
VIA Labs, Inc., a leading supplier of USB 3.0 integrated chip controllers, today announced that the VIA Labs VL750 USB 3.0 to NAND Flash Controller is the first in the world to be certified by the USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF) for SuperSpeed operation, ensuring high quality multimedia and more immersive and compelling applications.
The comprehensive suite of tests conducted as part of the USB-IF Compliance and Certification Program ensures that certified de
Subject: Chipsets | September 16, 2010 - 11:18 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
TAIPEI, TAIWAN, September 16, 2010 -
VIA Labs, Inc., a leading supplier of USB 3.0 integrated chip controllers, today announced its latest USB 3.0 product, the VIA Labs VL750 Super-Speed USB to NAND flash controller, a revolutionary single-chip solution for the next generation of USB flash drives.
Subject: Chipsets | April 9, 2010 - 12:45 PM | Ryan Shrout
We have already mentioned on PC Perspective that Intel had no plans for a new consumer level desktop chipset for the remainder of 2010. This is important because of the current X58/P55/H57 chipsets lack of support for features liked SATA 6.0 Gb/s and USB 3.0. Instead, current generation Intel platform users require either an expansion card to add those options or will need to buy a new motherboard with those built on-board.
Subject: Chipsets | January 5, 2010 - 11:01 AM | Jonathan Hung
Today NVIDIA has hinted at new mobile technology called Optimus. Optimus will work exclusively with NVIDIA GPUs and we have learned it will work on both Pine Trail netbooks and the just announced Arrandale platforms.
More information can be expected on Thursday when NVIDIA holds their press event at CES.
Subject: Chipsets | October 8, 2009 - 07:00 PM | Ryan Shrout
Subject: Chipsets | August 19, 2009 - 02:56 PM | Ryan Shrout
You will likely recall that a large portion of the tech world in 2008 called for the demise of NVIDIA's chipset division with the approach of the Intel Core i7 processor that FINALLY moved the memory controller from the chipset to the CPU. At the time Intel had decided to NOT allow NVIDIA to get a license for QPI (the new interface for Core i7 Nehalem processors) and NVIDIA also started to drift away from AMD-platform chipsets, so the composition of those two factors pushed many to theorize the end of nForce.
Subject: Chipsets | June 17, 2009 - 02:19 PM | Ryan Shrout
It looks like news about AMD's upcoming chipset plans for 2009 and 2010 have been unearthed by Digitimes this week. Though not a lot of details are revealed quite yet about the chipsets themselves, we did learn that AMD plans to have the RD890 chipset available in January of 2010 as a replacement for the 790FX (RD790) chipset that is currently the company's top offering for desktop users. The RD890 would likely be paired with the AM3-based processors that have support for DDR3 memory and will not have a
Subject: Chipsets | June 10, 2009 - 11:19 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Every time one of the drivers that makes up the VIA Hyperion Pro package gets updated, you can be sure the full package will be updated soon after. The IDE Falcon Storage driver has been updated to version 2.80A so now the Hyperion Pro package has been updated as well - to version 5.24A.
Version 5.24A of the Hyperion Pro drivers includes the following components:
V-RAID V5.80F and RAID Tools v5.85
Subject: Chipsets | May 20, 2009 - 04:13 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Long story short, old and busted USB 2.0 hits 480 Mbps in a perfect world, new and shiny USB 3.0 will hit 5Gps.
In contrast a SATA drive hopes for 3Gbs at peak, so that gives you an idea just how fast this new USB could be.
Subject: Chipsets | September 12, 2008 - 02:48 PM | Ryan Shrout
Well, this is an interesting report. According to this post over at Digitimes, NVIDIA is going to be launching their MCP7A IGP chipset by the end of the month. For those of you that don't know, the MCP7A is NVIDIA's updated Intel-platform intergrated graphics chipset that I believe will likely find its way into the Apple line of MacBooks and iMacs later this year. Is it a coincidence then that Apple is
Subject: Chipsets | September 12, 2008 - 02:41 PM | Ryan Shrout
According to some leaked slides over at VRZone that focuses on the "planned desktop software roadmap" we learned that AMD should be readying a new desktop chipset, known as RS880, for March/April 2009 release time frame. All we know about it right now is that it will bring "improved multimedia capabilities". Duh.
Subject: Chipsets | August 4, 2008 - 07:56 PM | Ryan Shrout
Sure, rumors have swirled and we have posted our own take on the original piece about NVIIDA's chipsets not be canceled in the immediate but now they are getting another boost with NVIDIA's denieal of such as action. Now it looks like even Digitimes is retracting...
Nvidia has released an official statement refuting the
recent Digitimes story claiming that the company is planning to quit
its chipset business.
Subject: Chipsets | May 8, 2008 - 06:16 PM | Ryan Shrout
At the request and repeated insistence of NVIDIA, we decided to retest
our performance results above; NVIDIA said they had seen no problems
with the Hybrid Power over the mGPU as dramatic as we saw here. We
retested all three titles at got some slightly different results; at
least on the one title that stood out:
Subject: Chipsets | April 28, 2008 - 11:22 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
New Hyperion Pro drivers have just been released - the drivers for all VIA chipsets (so long as they're not too old) and all Microsoft operating systems. This new version, 5.17a has had the built in VIA Falcon IDE driver updated to version 2.50A. The full list of components includes:
V-RAID V5.70A and RAID Tools v5.40
VIA IDE Falcon Storage Device driver v2.50A
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