Nvidia brings SLI to Intel Bloomfield CPU platforms

By on July 14, 2008, 7:45 PM
It appears that Nvidia has bowed to Intel in the licensing agreement standoff regarding Nvidia chipsets. The graphics firm today announced that it will be bringing its SLI technology to the coming Bloomfield line of Nehalem CPUs from Intel. New motherboards catering to Bloomfield CPUs and Intel’s X58 chipset will use the nForce 200 processor to allow support for 3-way and 2-way SLI.

This is certainly good news for fans of Intel motherboards. The move may also help Nvidia in its talks with Intel over whether it can make chipsets that work with Intel's next-generation Nehalem platform, though Intel has previously stated it is “not seeking any SLI concession from Nvidia in exchange for granting any Nehalem license rights.”

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Didou said:
What's not said here is that it will cost an extra $30 to add that nForce chip just to have SLI. No thanks.
fullmetalvegan said:
Oh no, not an extra $30. That's gonna put me outta pocket. =S I'd pay that without a second thought.
supersmashbrada said:
Oh Em GEEE, the 30 bucks will mess up my retirement plans. It will also make my 8800 ultras that I want to put in sli useful?
Didou said:
You're missing the point. If you can get a SLI board with an nForce chipset at let's say $100 & you can get another board with the same features but with an Intel chipset for $30 more, you'll go for the first motherboard without hesitation.It's a way for nVidia to offer an ugly solution to Intel & make it seem like the only reason you don't have SLI on an Intel based motherboard is because of none other than Intel.
fullmetalvegan said:
Well, most NVIDIA chipsets here cost up to $200 more depending on the boards features. I think ASUS and Gigabyte's cheapest nForce chipets are like $100 more than an X48. So an X48+$30 extra for SLI is a good deal.
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