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DailyTech previously reported ATI would be launching 80nm mainstream GPU parts in the near future. The new RV560 and RV570 80nm parts will launch in August and September of 2006 and integrate the CrossFire compositing logic onboard. This will allow dongle-less CrossFire compatibility with CrossFire capable motherboards. Dongle-less CrossFire will not move all data across the PCI Express bus however. Motherboard manufacturers told DailyTech a separate bridge would still be needed for dongle-less CrossFire.

VR-Zone may have snapped a few images of the required bridge shown behind closed doors to partners at Computex 2006. The new CrossFire bridge appears very similar to the NVIDIA SLI bridge.  Never the less, there will be no need to find specific master or slave cards with the new RV560 and FV570 parts as all cards will have an onboard composite engine. The VR-Zone image shows two bridges connecting the two video cards.

Motherboard manufacturers have told DailyTech an ATI board will not be required for dongle-less CrossFire, however these same sources also originally claimed CrossFire on RV560 and RV570 wouldn't require a bridge like NVIDIA's SLI.

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Slot Spacing
By Goty on 6/11/2006 7:05:05 PM , Rating: 2
Is it just me, or does anyone else see problems coming up from people buying these cards to go on a crossfire mobo that has a three slot spacing between x16 slots instead of the ordinary two?

RE: Slot Spacing
By Lord Evermore on 6/11/2006 7:57:41 PM , Rating: 1
Same problem would occur with any SLI bridge if the cable was made too short, so if you've seen complaints about that, you'll see them here too. But card makers could just make a flexible longer cable for that the same as some did with SLI. Most people buying cards for SLI research them a little more than the average consumer so they'd find out about things like that hopefully, and most likely will affect only a few people anyway.

RE: Slot Spacing
By Missing Ghost on 6/12/2006 12:20:22 AM , Rating: 2
usually the SLI connector comes with the motherboard, so I suppose that ATI could do the same thing and say to the motherboard brands they need to ship their own to release crossfire branded mobos.

RE: Slot Spacing
By Trisped on 6/12/2006 3:23:51 PM , Rating: 2
If you look at the picture the bridge seems to be made out of flexible material, so it shouldn't be a problem (unless you have 4 slots between cards, which I don't think is likely) Besides, aren't most ATI boards set up with 3 spaces between cards?

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