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NVIDIA employees put the dream of owning an SLI ASRock motherboard to rest

A good colleague of mine, Anton Shilov, has a few interesting tidbits about the popular ASRock 939SLI-eSATA2 and 939SLI32-eSATA2 motherboards that have been flying off store shelves recently.  Although the motherboards utilize the ULi M1697 northbridge are capable of a dual 8 lane PCIe configuration, Shilov discovered that NVIDIA will not support SLI in any configuration for these motherboards.

“The Asrock board is not a certified configuration and will not be supported in the future. Our highest priority is to certify motherboards featuring Nvidia nForce MCPs,” said Bryan Del Rizzo, a spokesman for Nvidia chipset division.

Even though many in the motherboard industry somewhat expected this reaction, there was a small anticipation that NVIDIA would give ULi chipset motherboards some leeway after NVIDIA acquired the company a few weeks ago.  There are several non-certified drivers that will allow rudimentry SLI configuration on the motherboards, but most of these drivers are based on extremely old Detonator revisions and none are certified by NVIDIA.

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