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From enthusiast to low-end, all new NVIDIA chipsets will feature an enabled integrated graphics core

In conjunction with the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, NVIDIA launched its NVIDIA Hybrid SLI technology along with its newest chipset. Hybrid SLI is NVIDIA’s first foray into visual computing.

NVIDIA’s Hybrid SLI links NVIDIA integrated graphics chipsets with NVIDIA discrete GPUs, allowing them to work together. The company claims that the new technology lowers power consumption and improves performance.

NVIDIA’s announcement of Hybrid SLI also indicates a major shift in the company’s chipset-feature policy. NVIDIA chipsets with integrated graphics processors (IGP) have traditionally been available only in the lower segment of the market. NVIDIA now decided that all of its new chipsets, low and high-end alike, will come with IGP. 

Of course most core logic includes an integrated graphics processor, albeit disabled. 

Two fundamental components make up Hybrid SLI: HybridPower and GeForce Boost. HybridPower, as the name indicates, is the power-consumption reducing aspect of the technology. It allows for systems to completely turn off discrete graphics cards when their high-functionality is not needed. Instead, the chipset’s integrated graphics takes over.

In order to use Hybrid power, the system must include an NVIDIA IGP and a discrete NVIDIA video card. Under HybridPower, users connect their display to the motherboards graphics outputs. When users require the use of their discrete GPU, the frame buffer contents for the discrete graphics cards are copied over to the integrated graphics processor’s frame buffer. NVIDIA asserts that the second generation PCI specification provides enough bandwidth.

Latency is considered a "non-issue," claims NVIDIA spokesman. 

GeForce Boost combines the power of the IGP -- which NVIDIA calls the mGPU) and the discrete GPU (dGPU) to improve performance. NVDIA told the press that this technology is meant for low-end or mid-range PCs. In fact, the company states that this feature could be detrimental to the performance of high-end PCs.

NVIDIA Hybrid SLI is currently a Windows Vista exclusive.

NVIDIA Hybrid SLI technology will be incorporated into a wide variety of graphics and motherboard desktop and notebook products that the Company is rolling out for both AMD and Intel desktop and notebook computing platforms throughout 2008.

In addition to announcing hybrid SLI, NVIDIA also announced its new nForce 780a chipset.  Naturally, one of the newest features is Hybrid SLI support. In addition, all chipset versions now have embedded GPUs. Currently, the nForce 780a is being launched for AMD processors.

The new chipset supports AMD’s newest HyperTransport 3 link interconnect, and offers 32 PCI Express lanes via an NVIDIA nForce 200 chip.

The nForce 200 comes with a couple of notable features. One of them is a Posted Write Shortcut, which NVIDIA says allows data from one graphics card to be passed directly to other graphics cards without having the data to be sent back through the CPU. The feature is said to improve SLI scaling performance.

As can be expected, the chipset is also ESA certified and supports 3-way SLI.

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vista my dear
By thartist on 1/9/2008 1:28:06 AM , Rating: -1
"NVIDIA Hybrid SLI is currently a Windows Vista exclusive"

more Vista benefits... Well done Microsoft, keep dealing with companies in benefit of the end user.

They are relentless at pushing Vista down your throat.

RE: vista my dear
By mxzrider2 on 1/9/2008 2:36:42 AM , Rating: 2
oh shut up. just because u cant handle the change to vista doesnt mean that microsoft, who is trying to make money, shouldnt make deals with other companies. i dont think its their deal anyway. nvidia is using tech designed for dx10 and dont want to bother making it for anything less.

There is very little to dislike about vista that cant be either removed or disabled. and you just a fool that doesn't know his way out of a trash bag

RE: vista my dear
By phaxmohdem on 1/9/2008 3:35:45 AM , Rating: 5
Win98 SE 4 Lyfe

RE: vista my dear
By StevoLincolnite on 1/9/2008 12:08:48 PM , Rating: 2
I have it dual booted with Vista, and with the shiny KernelEx and Windows 98 Revolutions Pack - I can play all those classic games and still have support for those XP only programs!
(Seriously, I missed Playing Stupid Invaders and Dungeon Keeper 2 flawlessly with Windows 98 and would not work right on XP and Vista).

RE: vista my dear
By tjr508 on 1/9/2008 1:20:59 PM , Rating: 2
You are completely missing the point here. MS didn't ditch the win2k folk as soon as XP was released. It's very disappointing to know you have paid for an extremely competent and capable product only to find out that your supplier is INTENTIONALLY devaluing it.

RE: vista my dear
By ApostolicFire on 1/9/2008 6:39:59 PM , Rating: 2
Which is exactly why Microsoft isn't releasing a SP3 for XP.... oh wait.

RE: vista my dear
By kenji4life on 1/9/2008 4:29:24 AM , Rating: 3
You know, your argument wasn't actually that horrible until you resorted to using fallacious insults in place of more sound logic.

I agree that I personally haven't had any problem with Vista that I wasn't able to solve, but there are always problems with any new product.

My personal favorite platform is Ubuntu, which conveniently updates to newest versions free of charge (with your consent of course). I would be lying if I told you that my efforts with Ubuntu have gone much further than setting up simple servers, but I never did more than this with Windows anyhow.

I have no major gripe with Vista or any of its predecessors, and it really doesn't seem like a whole lot has changed in a really useful way since Windows 98se. Of course there will always be evolutionary changes, but overall it seems that UI has gone as far as the [I]nterface will allow. Perhaps a throwback to the Nintendo power glove or voice commands. Maybe even *gulp* Johnny Mnemonic implants and VR computer interfaces...

If Nvidia were to move forward in interface that is viable and innovative, a new way to work with computers.

RE: vista my dear
By kenji4life on 1/9/2008 4:32:09 AM , Rating: 2
Err.. then they would find a new way move the computer market.

RE: vista my dear
By tjr508 on 1/9/2008 8:43:35 AM , Rating: 1
nvidia is using tech designed for dx10

Yet another MS manufactured reason to force an upgrade.

RE: vista my dear
By StevoLincolnite on 1/9/2008 12:11:00 PM , Rating: 2
I miss the Days of Glide... *Sigh* Nostalgia.

RE: vista my dear
By monitorjbl on 1/9/2008 9:06:18 AM , Rating: 4
I've noticed that very rarely do people who forgo punctuation, grammar, and use "u" and "ur" instead of spelling out "you" or "your" have anything of note to say.

RE: vista my dear
By myrealname on 1/9/2008 10:12:09 AM , Rating: 2
If this forum would let me vote yet, I'd rate you up a +1. It gets very old reading kiddie lingo on public forums.

RE: vista my dear
By sweetsauce on 1/9/2008 10:16:47 AM , Rating: 1
Whether you like it or not, kiddie lingo as you put it is here to stay. I suggest you either except and adapt to it, or continuously bang your head against a wall every time you see it.

RE: vista my dear
By SavagePotato on 1/9/2008 10:28:27 AM , Rating: 2
It's here to be ignored. When I see someone communicate like that I assume I am either talking to a 14 year old or a mongoloid gorilla the communicates through a series of grunts.

Automatically I have lost interest in anything the person has to say.

Someday it's time to grow up and learn to type. It's easier, and faster to use proper worlds, than try to come up with that crud.

the other four fingers on your hands are for typing too not just for picking your nose while you peck out indecipherable bullshit.

RE: vista my dear
By Spuke on 1/9/2008 12:58:09 PM , Rating: 2
If the first sentence is too difficult to understand then I'll ignore the rest. But I don't automatically discard any of the posts. I might learn something. I'm not at the point in life where I'm comfortable with what I know. I always look for more. So if someone wants to use "u" and "ur" and has something interesting to say then I'll listen.

RE: vista my dear
By smaddox on 1/9/2008 4:43:45 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, but how often does that happen?

Like the guy said, no one above the age of 16 uses "u" and "ur" except people with IQ below 80. I find it hard to believe I could learn anything from them, other than to avoid them.

I probably sound like an elitist, and maybe I am, but if you are to lazy to type out "you", you aren't going far in life.

RE: vista my dear
By agentjka03 on 1/9/2008 6:50:38 PM , Rating: 2
wuteva, u dunno wut ur talkn about

RE: vista my dear
By VisionxOrb on 1/9/2008 11:11:29 PM , Rating: 2
I'm 26, have an IQ of 147 and use "u" and "ur" all the time. I started out on the internet in 93 on prodigy and typing that way was/is much faster and easier (consider it internet short hand). Once you get into the habit of that, it's pretty hard to shake.

Hate to break this to you but language be it spoken or written evolves over time ( for example, the term "google" is now part of the dictionary ). You may not like it but that's how it is. Attacking someone based solely on their use of grammar and not the content of their comment doesn't make you and elitist, it makes you a horse's ass.

RE: vista my dear
By mindless1 on 1/10/2008 2:07:22 PM , Rating: 2
Hmm. No, if you type an entire set of paragraphs it certainly does not make typing much faster and easier to avoid two characters at most which is less than 1% of the text typed. Since you obviously can't get away with abbreviating these words in real life uses it's doubtful it's even any faster unless you have a physical disability or are posting from a phone.

On the other hand, people that butt into a conversation just to whine about grammer ARE the horse's ass, are far worse than the minor distraction from how someone spells a word. I'd call them genuine jackasses and in real life if they were having a conversation with someone and stopped that other person they were conversing with to whine that the person had mispronounced a word, that would never be considered good etiquette.

RE: vista my dear
By SavagePotato on 1/10/2008 2:49:32 PM , Rating: 2
I guarantee I can type, how are you today, your abbreviations hurt my eyes, Just as fast as you could type:

How r u ur abreviations hurt my eyes.

Language will not be evolving to include u, or ur in the dictionary at any time, ever.

RE: vista my dear
By VisionxOrb on 1/10/2008 4:36:19 PM , Rating: 2
Thats unfortunate that reading words typed like hurts your eyes, I guess its possible that your brain processes words differently than most. For most people the brain doesn't actually read the words. For example, the text on this page I can read just as easily as if it were correct.

In fact the first time I ever read one of these examples I got through have of it before realizing it was miss spelled. For me I would never even notice that some one used "u" and "ur" and other abbreviations if it wasn't for those that chime in to attack the grammar.

RE: vista my dear
By kenji4life on 1/10/2008 9:19:25 PM , Rating: 2
This is a very good point. Another example of this is reading a Japanese newspaper, where you can very quickly read an article by looking at the main characters in the text. Most Japanese people are able to read a newspaper very quickly, because irrelevant "space waste" words and characters are overlooked and ignored because in the greater context it's easy to read without them.

I <3 U

Most people understand this as an abbreviation for I love you.

Just like I could say whatcha doin, which means the same as What are you doing? The difference in English speech may be that the former is not grammatically acceptable, but unless you are at a yuppy party or a job interview, the casual form is perfectly acceptable.

That being said, when trying to convey an argument using typed text, it's much easier for an opponent to 'knock you down' using an ad hominem attack.

RE: vista my dear
By Aikouka on 1/9/2008 8:26:55 AM , Rating: 3
I actually wonder if this is because of the new WDDM (Windows Display Driver Model) that was introduced in Windows Vista.

RE: vista my dear
By ET on 1/9/2008 8:35:12 AM , Rating: 3
I'd imagine that the reason it's Vista-exclusive has to do with the Vista having a lot more advanced core than XP. The Vista driver model probably enables this functionality, and it'd be a kludge in XP, if it's possible to implement it.

RE: vista my dear
By Master Kenobi on 1/9/2008 9:46:28 AM , Rating: 2
But the anti-Vista crowd doesn't want to listen to such a reasonable and straight forward answer. DX10 has the ability to do it and the driver model in Vista supports it. It's also not like Microsoft pulls DX10 out of a black project and poof it appears, they were working with nVidia and ATI for years on it and what they wanted to see in DX10. This was probably on the list of "we want" from both nVidia and ATI since SLI came about.

RE: vista my dear
By mindless1 on 1/10/2008 2:08:52 PM , Rating: 2
Bull, it could be done in XP with the driver, but it would raise development and support costs.

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