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NVIDIA's SLI technology has already found a happy home with Intel-based motherboards
NVDIA and AMD play nice when it comes to SLI support

NVIDIA and AMD have been battling it out in the graphics arena ever since the latter acquired ATI back in late 2006. Since then, the two companies have not only waged a war of words, but they've continually duke it out to produce the industry's fastest graphics cards

But even the fiercest competitors can make amends when there's money to be made. NVIDIA today is having a change of heart when it comes to licensing out its SLI graphics technology, and will allow upcoming AMD chipsets to support SLI.

The capability will extend to AMD's 990FX, 990X and 970 chipsets -- existing AMD chipsets won't be eligible for NVIDIA's newfound generosity. 

"We’ve been recently hearing chants of “SLI for AMD CPUs”, and figured that now is a great time to do it," said NVIDIA's Tom Peterson in a blog post. "After all, we want to make sure gamers can benefit from the new CPU competitive landscape and ensure they have NVIDIA SLI – the highest performance, most stable multi-GPU solution - to game on!"

But being that NVIDIA and AMD are still rivals, Peterson couldn't help but get a little dig in at AMD's expense. "Long term gamers probably remember that for a long time AMD offered great high-end CPUs, but in recent years, AMD’s stature as the preferred gaming CPU fell by the wayside and Intel CPUs have been the gamers’ choice." 

But in the end, this is good news for gamers and it's nice to see two companies put aside their differences for a change. You can expect to see SLI-capable AMD motherboards in the near future from ASUS, Gigabyte, ASRock, and MSI.





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