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Production QUAD SLI ready for August 3, 2006

NVIDIA yesterday made a new quad-SLI driver available to end users that allow the use of two GeForce 7950 GX2 graphics cards in one system. The driver is currently in beta mode and NVIDIA said that it did not recommend the use of the driver in production systems, but only for end user beta testing -- one test that is quite expensive, requiring the purchase of two GeForce 7950 GX2 cards.

NVIDIA said that the new beta quad-SLI driver will remain in beta until August 3rd, which is when the company will release production ready quad-SLI configurations as well as an approved driver. The company recommended users provide feedback to ensure that it weeds out all the bugs. According to the driver page, users are also warned to check a list of approved GeForce 7950 GX2 supporting motherboards. Checking for approved SLI-capable power supplies is also recommended. From the supporting site:

This driver is a Beta driver that enables Quad NVIDIA SLI technology, allowing you to put two GeForce 7950 GX2 graphics cards in a single system with an NVIDIA nForce SLI motherboard. This driver is strictly for end user Beta testing with two GeForce 7950 GX2 graphics cards only and is not intended for production.

The new ForceWare is standing at version 91.37. GeForce 7950 GX2 boards come with dual onboard GPUs each clocked at 500MHz, although manufacturers exercise their own frequency discretion. Memory operates at 600MHz and each board is equipped with 1GB of memory. The boards also support twin dual-link DVI outputs -- each supporting a maximum resolution of 2560x1600.




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