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Core 2 Duo and SLI, a match made in heaven?

NVIDIA has announced its SLI technology has made its way into enthusiast Core 2 Duo based systems from leading system builders. SLI equipped Core 2 Duo systems are available from gaming system manufacturers such as Alienware, Falcon Northwest and Voodoo PC. Other manufacturers include ABS, Alternate, Amax/Ajump, Atelco, Carri, Casper, CyberPower, Everest, Evesham, FDC, HCL Infosystems, Hyrican, iBuyPower, Infinity, Komplete, Kraftway, Levi, Maingear, Mesh, Monarch, Next, NTT, Paradigit, PC Club, Polywell, Quiet PC, Sahara Computers, Scan, SHG, Starmaster, Systemax, Tarox, Topnotch, Velocity Micro, Vicious PC, Vigor Gaming, Vobis and many more.

Lacking from the list of Core 2 Duo SLI system manufacturers is Dell, which hasn’t officially announced Core 2 Duo XPS systems yet. Since Intel’s 975X Express chipset is only compatible with ATI’s CrossFire dual graphics card configuration, Intel users seeking Core 2 Duo and SLI compatibility are forced to use NVIDIA chipsets. NVIDIA offers a variety of Core 2 Duo compatible SLI chipsets including the nForce 4 SLI X16 and nForce 590 SLI chipsets.

With NVIDIA hyping Quad SLI a lot lately its strange to not see NVIDIA tout Quad SLI equipped Core 2 Duo systems, though this could possibly be because system manufacturers are still waiting for WHQL certified Quad SLI drivers.



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Maybe because its not mainstream..
By imaheadcase on 7/27/2006 8:01:18 PM , Rating: 2
Who would want to say they also have a $1100 quad GPU setup anyways?

Not what you call "mainstream".
More like "stupid people's way to waste money".




RE: Maybe because its not mainstream..
By blckgrffn on 7/27/2006 8:03:26 PM , Rating: 3
These aren't mainstream systems. Most people buying computers from these places don't really care hoe much it costs.


RE: Maybe because its not mainstream..
By GhandiInstinct on 7/27/06, Rating: 0
RE: Maybe because its not mainstream..
By GhandiInstinct on 7/27/06, Rating: 0
RE: Maybe because its not mainstream..
By chickenselects on 7/27/2006 8:57:31 PM , Rating: 2
because the new unreal engine isn't anything special right? /sarcasm

and you know that new crytek engine will continue to run on Geforce 4s /sarcasm

We need faster gpus period.


By imaheadcase on 7/27/2006 11:04:59 PM , Rating: 4
Faster GPUs of course, but quad systems that cost so much?

Forgetaboutit.

Everyone knows SLU/Crossfire is just a 3dFX of today, its a bandaid till something amazing comes around.

Lets hope Dx10 is something like that..


When can we get them?
By m9105826 on 7/27/2006 10:39:25 PM , Rating: 2
When can we get just the boards themselves for a custom build?


RE: Maybe because its not mainstream..
By Spyvie on 7/27/2006 9:21:20 PM , Rating: 2
You need dual GPU SLI at least for any kind of detail level @ 1920 X 1200, and I think Quad SLI would come in pretty handy if you’re rockin one of those Dell 2560x1600 30” LCDs


By imaheadcase on 7/28/2006 7:11:40 AM , Rating: 2
Point is not many people play above 1024x768 or whatever default on LCD monitor is now.





RE: Maybe because its not mainstream..
By therealnickdanger on 7/28/2006 9:08:30 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
You need dual GPU SLI at least for any kind of detail level @ 1920 X 1200

My Dell e1705 laptop with a single GeForce GO 7800 (350/440,16pp) can run the HL2: Lost Coast benchmark at 1920x1200 with EVERY option maxxed out for an average of 57fps. With 2XAA and 4XAF, it drops to 52fps... I run every Source game with those settings and never get slowdown. I would imagine that the Unreal 3.0 Engine will run nearly as smooth, given Epic's extraordinary ability to make great-looking engines with minimal hardware requirements.

You're definitely right about pushing 2560x1600 though, QSLI is a no brainer there, but we're talking the upper-echelon of computing society at that point, people that don't even flinch at dropping 7K on their tech habit.


RE: Maybe because its not mainstream..
By Garreye on 7/28/2006 10:09:28 AM , Rating: 2
I wouldn't consider EVERY option to be maxed out unless you have AA and AF maxed out as well...


RE: Maybe because its not mainstream..
By VooDooAddict on 7/28/2006 11:03:52 AM , Rating: 2
An 8 or 16 tap AF sure ... But really at high resolutions like that is there that much of need for AA?


By therealnickdanger on 7/28/2006 12:51:46 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
I wouldn't consider EVERY option to be maxed out unless you have AA and AF maxed out as well...

quote:
An 8 or 16 tap AF sure ... But really at high resolutions like that is there that much of need for AA?

Well, that's just it, I can still get over 30fps with full 8XAA and 16XAF, but on my 1920x1200 display, I see barely any further reduction in jaggies using anything higher than 2XAA. In addition, in most games that I apply the full 16XAF, I get strange texture effects like scintilating texture edges and poor dithering. Then there's the whole heat thing, did you know that laptops featuring GO 7800 cards also acts as effective spermicides? I'm content, I get all the eye-candy and solid performance with only one GPU.


Dell's Core 2 Duo Systems
By Matrinix on 7/27/2006 9:48:45 PM , Rating: 2
The post states an incorrect "fact". Dell has released their Core 2 Duo systems, and awhile back Michael Dell said that their Core 2 Duo systems would be available at the same time that Intel launched them.

http://www.dell.com/content/topics/topic.aspx/glob...;l=en&c=us&cs=19&l=en&s=gen




RE: Dell's Core 2 Duo Systems
By Matrinix on 7/27/2006 9:50:29 PM , Rating: 2
Also, Dell had their systems available since the Intel launch. (If you go to Home/Home Office>Desktops there is a big Intel Core 2 Duo Inside logo on the right column.)


RE: Dell's Core 2 Duo Systems
By dev0lution on 7/27/2006 11:28:56 PM , Rating: 2
[q] The post states an incorrect "fact". Dell has released their Core 2 Duo systems, and awhile back Michael Dell said that their Core 2 Duo systems would be available at the same time that Intel launched them. [/q]

Read it again. It says Core 2 Duo [b]SLI[/b] systems...


RE: Dell's Core 2 Duo Systems
By bamacre on 7/28/2006 12:14:50 AM , Rating: 2
Yes, and the XPS 700 systems allows both C2D and SLI'd 7900 GTX's.


RE: Dell's Core 2 Duo Systems
By dice1111 on 7/28/2006 9:41:01 AM , Rating: 2
Here is some info on the status of the XPS 700 systems. We can buy them yet, but soon.

http://hardocp.com/news.html?news=MjAzNTIsLCxobmV3...


RE: Dell's Core 2 Duo Systems
By dice1111 on 7/28/2006 9:41:57 AM , Rating: 2
Apparently Dell is "waiting on parts"

-wanted to add to fisrt post. Curse the no edit function.


RE: Dell's Core 2 Duo Systems
By othercents on 7/28/2006 10:42:11 AM , Rating: 2
They are going to be waiting for a while. Intel has decided not to sell the first batch of Core 2 processors to Dell since Dell has turned to using AMD processors in their products.

Other


RE: Dell's Core 2 Duo Systems
By VooDooAddict on 7/28/2006 11:08:09 AM , Rating: 2
Really? Any links to back that up?


RE: Dell's Core 2 Duo Systems
By themelon on 7/28/2006 11:23:12 AM , Rating: 2
One only needs to go to the XPS700 webpage to see that.

http://www.dell.com/content/products/productdetail...


RE: Dell's Core 2 Duo Systems
By themelon on 7/28/2006 11:23:50 AM , Rating: 2
oops... Meant for voodooadict's post...


Build your own or buy from Dell?
By othercents on 7/28/2006 10:41:09 AM , Rating: 2
Really, everyone I know that wants a Core 2 Duo system is planning on building their own. Right now the only SLI motherboard available is the ASUS one built on the older Nforce4 chipset. I bet the system builders are just using that board in their systems too. Available doesn't mean people are going to purchase SLI systems, just like gamers wouldn't dare buy a Celeron system with Intel integrated video.

Nvidia is just trying to build some momentum from the devistating AMD ATI hype. Right now ATI has been in the news so much that many investors (non technical people) are writing Nvidia off and Nvidia just needs to get in the news to show that they are still building products and haven't given up.

Other




RE: Build your own or buy from Dell?
By m9105826 on 7/28/2006 10:58:58 PM , Rating: 2
I'm going to build my own. When will the 590's be out for consumer purchase?


RE: Build your own or buy from Dell?
By nerdye on 7/29/2006 1:57:26 AM , Rating: 2

Of course any of us nerds that love having optimized parts within a custom system would rather build a system than buy a dell. I work an IT job at work and we joke "dude your getting a dell", I've had to reformat too many dell p4 rambus systems that only boot off of floppys. This is a strange time, I'd never expected amd to purchase ati.. With ati's position with intel not clearly stated despite recent articles, can't we only speculate until we have official info on both companies plans? I think conroe is amazing and am an amd fan, but if I buy conroe I won't buy an intel
mobo, partly due to insane price, partly due to my love for the underdog, amd.


RE: Build your own or buy from Dell?
By FXi on 7/29/2006 1:14:40 PM , Rating: 2
590's should be out mid to late August from Asus and DFI respectively.


ok, and.....?
By captchaos2 on 7/27/2006 8:43:12 PM , Rating: 2
Sorry, but I don't see this as a big answer to AMD's buying ATI.




RE: ok, and.....?
By Scrith on 7/29/2006 12:03:00 AM , Rating: 2
Nope, this isn't the answer to AMD buying ATI. Intel's offical answer to that is "Wooohooooo!!!! Now we have an unoffical alliance with nVidia, the company that makes the best chipsets and graphics chips in the universe! Woohoo!!!!!"


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