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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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RE: Power..
By Trisped on 6/8/2006 12:52:58 PM , Rating: 2
Don't buy three, buy 1. In six months to a year buy another. This may sound familiar, as it is what NVIDIA said about SLI when it first came out. Then it turned out to be false. For the same amount of money as buying a second card to complete your SLI you could buy a new card that was twice as fast. Hilarious. All these people forked out $300+ for an SLI MBoard and extra $50-100 for a SLI version of their video card, only to not be able to get a cost effective upgrade path in the future.

Enter ATI, rather then just trying to sell more, they try to sell smarter and encourage loyalty. You have a x1600 that works great right now? Good. In a year or two are you planning to upgrade to a new card? Even better. When you do just pick up a new Mother board that as 2+ 16x slots and you can keep that old 1600 for physics and use the new card for graphics. Have an old AIW that you want to keep for the TV tuner but don't want to fork out the extra cash for the AIW version of the new card you want? Just stick the AIW in the second slot and use the new card as a primary graphics card. Even better, you can still use the AIW for physics and TV watching.


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