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ATI's announces the latest perk of CrossFire

Two's company, three's a crowd -- that is a saying around these parts. ATI is looking to make "three" the magic number when it comes to physics on desktop PCs. ATI today announced at Computex an asymmetric CrossFire configuration that allows gamers to pair two graphics cards in a traditional CrossFire mult-GPU setup with a third graphics card dedicated solely to handling physics. This would also explain why ATI has been winking and nodding for manufacturers to include three physical 16x slots on their new motherboards according to our well-placed sources.

This opens up a whole new level of possibilities when it comes not only to physics in current and future games, but also has the potential to shape how a gamer chooses to upgrade his or her rig. Take for example a gamer that is using a single Radeon X1600 Pro graphics card right now and decides that they want to kick it up few notches and go with dual Radeon X1900 class graphics cards in CrossFire mode for maximum performance. Instead of simply tossing the Radeon X1600 Pro aside to collect dust in a corner somewhere or selling it for much less than you paid for it, you can now (if you motherboard supports it) use that “odd man out” to do some actual work.

ATI is of course thrilled with the possibilities that this opens up for gamers (along with the possibility of gamers going out to buy yet another ATI-based graphics card) and is throwing more resources into its CrossFire certification program. This latest move in CrossFire physics is an intriguing solution and one that could be quite a bit cheaper than a dedicated physics solution for gamers who already are packing dual ATI graphics cards. Here's a statement from ATI's press release:

"The addition of physics to the CrossFire platform, and the continuing evolution of CrossFire is based directly on the feedback of hardcore gamers - CrossFire is not ATI's platform, it's gamers' platform," said Godfrey Cheng, Director of Marketing, Platform Technologies, ATI Technologies Inc., responsible for ATI's CrossFire strategy. "Asymmetrical physics support, broader certification, and untouchable overclockability are a direct result of gamers' input. CrossFire will continue to evolve to be more open, flexible and easy to use without sacrificing performance, and it starts with boundless gaming."

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What's wrong with you guys
By drank12quartsstrohsbeer on 6/6/2006 10:02:46 AM , Rating: 3
With all your moaning. Just because a company introduces a product, it doesn't mean you are obligated to BUY it, does it?
The market will decide if these are worthy products.

RE: What's wrong with you guys
By fungry on 6/6/2006 10:17:04 AM , Rating: 2
true, its all up to the consumer and their decisions. The market will sure tell whether these products are up to their standards. In addition, a 1KW is quite, horrendous. Were at the age where probably a 650W is considered WoW/Damn/Holy lolz.

By segagenesis on 6/6/2006 10:34:03 AM , Rating: 2
It's a legitimate gripe when CPU power is increasing and there is focus on lessening the total power dissipation at the same time. For graphics card manufacturers this seems to not be a concern... electricity is not free.

RE: What's wrong with you guys
By Trisped on 6/7/2006 12:51:54 PM , Rating: 2
In a sense, we are trying to turn the market to offer more energy efficient computers rather then the supper-uber-mega-power eaters that we are creating now. It has already started in the CPU market, but it seems to be an out cropping of the laptop market into low end CPUs. The FX and EE versions are still taking more power then their predecessors.

"Young lady, in this house we obey the laws of thermodynamics!" -- Homer Simpson

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