Nvidia Optimus technology to arrive for desktops as Synergy

By Jos
Apr 25, 2011
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  1. Nvidia plans to launch the desktop version of its Optimus graphics switching technology at Computex this coming June in Taipei, according to a report on VR-Zone. Dubbed Synergy, the technology will initially work on Sandy Bridge boards carrying Intel H61, H67 or Z68 chipsets, and unlike with SLI, motherboard vendors won't need to pay a licensing fee or sign an agreement to implement Synergy graphics switching in their products.

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  2. madboyv1

    madboyv1 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,322   +263

    This is nice... and would (sadly) help justify my bad habit of running my computer almost 24/7/365 power consumption wise, if I were to build a new system with Nvidia. Granted my current system doesn't pull more than 150w under load, so it is not a concern now, but one of these last/current generation high end video cards easily pulls that by itself so in the future it would be a consideration.
  3. fpsgamerJR62

    fpsgamerJR62 TS Rookie Posts: 489

    It's a shame that Intel won't let users access the integrated graphics on P67 boards. This new technology from Nvidia would be ideal for users running Sandy Bridge "K" processors on P67 boards. After all, nobody plays games 24/7 and we definitely don't need our overclocked, nuclear-powered video cards to run simple graphics tasks in Windows.
  4. brianmsu

    brianmsu TS Enthusiast Posts: 27

    Is this motherboard feature or a motherboardANDvideocard feature
  5. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,011   +18

    And it will come with a big red button, attached via USB, that you can hit with your fist to activate the GPU(s).

    So I'm guessing this will require new motherboards, or will it work via a firmware upgrade?
  6. AnonymousSurfer

    AnonymousSurfer TS Guru Posts: 451   +37

    The real question is...

    How much will this bad boy cost me?
  7. madboyv1

    madboyv1 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,322   +263

    That would be awesome, I'd want one. XD

    Considering they say it'll work with existing chipsets, I'm leaning on it being a firmware update/driver based, though a new motherboard would be fine by me since I've been in the market for a new computer since... last October. =p
  8. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,891   +1,258

    Authorization code/call inserted into the boards BIOS - exactly the same implementation as SLI (or enabling SLI on non-SLI chipsets for that matter). A BIOS flash will update those H61/H67 boards in the wild.
  9. Hmm, this might actually be a good reason to go for an Intel chipset for my next build instead of AMD. I tried using the old HybridPower technology from Nvidia with my current AMD board and GeForce GTX 275, but it turned out the 275 was manufactured after HybridPower had been discontinued... so I'm running the GPU at all times, and this is in a recording environment in my home. I already had to find software measures to get the idle RPMs of the card's two fans down so they don't make too much noise.

    Glad to read it will be a firmware update of sorts, since it clearly says in the article that it will work with existing chipsets.
  10. Hence the Z68 chipset coming next week. Intel did not do anyone any favors by releasing a chipset ( the P67) that is virtually past it's prime in a matter of weeks. Rumor has it that they are already planning on phasing it out.

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