AMD 990FX, 990X and 970 chipsets to get NVIDIA SLI Support

Subject: Graphics Cards, Motherboards, Chipsets | April 28, 2011 - 09:45 AM |
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.

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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. 

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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.

Source: NVIDIA

Intel Z68 chipset to offer overclocking, display output and SSD caching

Subject: Chipsets | February 27, 2011 - 07:35 PM |
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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.

Source: VR-Zone

Fan boys continue to pummel Intel about its Sandy Bridge problems

Subject: Chipsets | February 15, 2011 - 03:19 PM |
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Even though we are quickly coming upon the fixed B3 revision of the P67/H67 Cougar Point chipsets, Intel continues to be the horse getting the proverbial beating.  This user-created video (or I guess it could be AMD built from the underground) compares the fiasco to the engineering disaster that was the Tacoma Narrow Bridge.  

Legacy technology is source for Intel's chipset woes and recall

Subject: Chipsets | January 31, 2011 - 08:56 PM |
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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.

Source: AnandTech

Intel halts production/shipment of 6-series chipsets with SATA flaw found

Subject: Chipsets | January 31, 2011 - 11:59 AM |
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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?

VIA Labs Scores USB-IF Certification First for USB 3.0 NAND Flash Controller

Subject: Chipsets | November 10, 2010 - 11:10 AM |
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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

VIA Kick-Starts the USB 3.0 Revolution, Brings Next Generation Super-Speed to USB Flash Drives

Subject: Chipsets | September 16, 2010 - 11:18 AM |
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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.

Source: VIA Arena

Intel could have 6-series chipsets ready in Q1 2011

Subject: Chipsets | April 9, 2010 - 12:45 PM |
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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. 

Source: Digitimes

NVIDIA Teases New Optimus Technology for CES 2010

Subject: Chipsets | January 5, 2010 - 11:01 AM |
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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.

Source: NVIDIA

More information on NVIDIA's chipset business

Subject: Chipsets | October 8, 2009 - 07:00 PM |
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It would appear I stirred up quite the dust cloud when I wrote that NVIDIA was essentially exiting the chipset business in my recent "State of NVIDIA" editorial.  Everyone from the Wall Street Jou