Intel, others license SLI technology for P55-based motherboards

By Matthew
Aug 10, 2009
  1. Nvidia has announced that several top manufacturers have licensed SLI technology for use on their Intel P55 chipset-packing motherboards. The boards are designed for the upcoming LGA 1156-based Intel Core i5 and i7 CPUs codenamed \"Lynnfield.\" Among the companies are Asus, EVGA, Intel, Gigabyte, and MSI. As such, those who buy a P55-based motherboard and a new Core i5 or i7 CPU will be able to furnish their PC with any combination of Nvidia GeForce video cards - including Quad SLI.

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  2. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,427   +27

    Is CrossfireX also supported? Awesome news if it is.

    I hope these go the way of the P45 and P35 chipsets.
  3. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Topic Starter Posts: 5,240   +92

    I haven't seen anything as official as this announcement but I'm pretty sure Asus, ECS and EVGA (probably others) have shown P55 boards with CrossfireX support.
  4. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,427   +27

    CrossfireX and SLI support on the same board like the X58s? That'd be great! Thanks! :D
  5. Great news although I don't see immediate advantage since P55 has only 16 PCIe lanes.
    Thus in SLI you can have no more than 2x8 lanes, which I guess it is not goed enough for higher end cards...
  6. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,427   +27

    That is PCI-E 2.0, which means two PCI-E 2.0 x8 slots have the same bandwidth as two PCI-E 1.1 x16 slots.

    The x16 SLI is a marketing ploy from the nForce4 days; there is no noticeable difference from using it over x8 SLI, since there is no card I know of that can completely saturate the PCI-E 1.1 x16 bus, let alone PCI-E 2.0 x16.
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