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Upcoming core logic company ULi may be NVIDIA's newest addition, but the company still has an ace or two it hasn't shown

Several weeks ago we reported that ASRock's newest ULi based motherboards were not going to get SLI support, even though NVIDIA had recently purchased ULi.  Last night, several websites started posting direct downloads to a driver patch issued by ULi that actually patches current NVIDIA drivers force Detonator into thinking the M1697 Northbridge is an "SLI-ready" core logic. 

The driver detects if you are running a ULi based motherboard, and then patches the Detonator drivers into thinking SLI should work correctly.  If a ULi chipset is not detected, the utility will quit out with the message "ULi Chipset Not Found !!"  Getting the driver to work with other chipsets is probably just a matter of playing with a few registry values.  The utility claims that it only enables "ULi PowerExpress Engine," but the end effect seems to be that SLI support appears in the Detonator control panel. 

Intel, SiS, VIA and ATI opted out of paying the NVIDIA license fee for SLI.  ULi never reportedly paid for the SLI license either, but now that ULi technically is NVIDIA, any sort of licensing should be moot. 

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What is it powered by?
By Jedix123 on 2/27/2006 11:00:41 AM , Rating: 3
Funny how they have that slogan twice.

RE: What is it powered by?
By Torched on 2/27/2006 1:42:54 PM , Rating: 3
I see it three times.

RE: What is it powered by?
By Rock Hydra on 2/27/2006 1:50:52 PM , Rating: 2
Actually, three times. :D

RE: What is it powered by?
By bbomb on 2/27/2006 2:30:28 PM , Rating: 2
Actually three times!

RE: What is it powered by?
By CheesePoofs on 2/27/2006 5:05:19 PM , Rating: 3
just in case you forget?

Stupid question, but...
By MrKaz on 2/27/2006 5:17:59 AM , Rating: 2
Where is an Uli based mobo with 2 PCI-e slots right now selling that could take advantage of this?

RE: Stupid question, but...
By stmok on 2/27/2006 5:44:29 PM , Rating: 2
Go to the ASRock website and look at their product range. In the Socket 939 section, you see two models with the letters "SLI" in the names of them. One offers true two 16x while the other is two 8x for video in SLI mode. (You can't miss it, one has "32" and the other doesn't.

Oh hell, they're right here.



They're already available here in Australia. :)

Both support the CPU Upgrade card that allows you to install a Socket AM2 CPU. The upgrade card does exist and has been shown in a Hong Kong based PC Enthusiasts site.

By Ecmaster76 on 2/27/2006 1:28:07 AM , Rating: 3
I bet they had this ready for a while. As soon as the purchase was complete they released it because nVidia can hardly sue itself.

oh yeah
By fliguy84 on 2/27/2006 1:24:00 AM , Rating: 2
uli takeover aftermath finally shows up!

only temporary
By Visual on 2/27/2006 5:40:03 AM , Rating: 2
ok i can see already that this move quickly convinces nvidia to include uli chipset support in the drivers, then force uli to remove any dl links for the patcher, then alter future drivers to not be compatible with the patch.

someone better figure out what this patch patches, so we can hopefully keep it in the future.

By Griswold on 2/28/2006 2:16:24 PM , Rating: 2
I read that this "patch" comes with Asrock mobos on the driver disc.

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