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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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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.

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