ATI CrossFire Bridge Sighted
Anh Tuan Huynh
June 11, 2006 12:31 PM
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Image courtesy VR-Zone.com
More RV560 and RV570 details
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
compatibility with CrossFire capable motherboards. Dongle-less CrossFire will not move all data across the PCI Express bus however. Motherboard manufacturers told
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
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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RE: ATI drops the ball
6/11/2006 9:51:10 PM
ATI is listening to OEM's who wont ship a computer to a customer where they need to install a dongle.
1) A customer doesnt realize they need a dongle, then calls customer service
2) A customer loses the dongle, then calls customer service
3) A customer doesnt know even know what a dongle is, and throws it out, then calls customer serivce
4) A customer steps on their dongle, and then calls customer service
5) A customer feeds the dongle to their dog, then calls customer serivce.
6) A customer pushes their computer into a wall, destroying their dongle and their video cards, then calls customer service.
The idea of an external dongle just never sat well with system integrators. For people like us, the idea works fine... but not for mass market, which dual-GPU is turning into.
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