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SLI for low power instead of high performance

Laptop Logic has scored some insider information on the one of the projects brewing in NVIDIA's secret labs. According to sources close to the company, NVIDIA is working on a new kind of SLI technology for notebook designs. Instead of pairing two identical GPUs for increased performance, NVIDIA is going for a pairing of integrated and discrete GPUs for a balance of power and performance.

The concept of pairing up a low-power integrated GPU with a high-power discrete GPU is nothing new. Sony has already treaded through these waters with its VAIO SZ lineup which features Intel GMA950 and NVIDIA GeForce Go 7400 GPUs. This setup requires an external switch to make the transition and also requires a system reboot. NVIDIA's "SLI Power" on the other hand will be done through a combination of hardware and software, but will not require a reboot of the machine to take place.

Considering the complexities involved with Windows XP graphics drivers and the additional level of complication added by Vista's new Windows Driver Display Model (WDDM), NVIDIA surely has its work cut out in making the transition a smooth one. There's no telling how much such a feature would add to the cost of a notebook, but it probably won't come cheap.

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And the benefit is????
By Dfere on 7/20/2006 8:01:08 AM , Rating: 2
What exactly. Most notebooks are for business use, and do not have high end cpu's. What about that limitation. As one of the posts put it... "I waited for a while to LOAD games". SLI will not fix that.

Nor will it fix the shortcomings of most notebooks- i.e. there are still units shipping with xp with 256 megs of ram. I know a smart consumer will add more graphics, but a smart consumer who adds memory and SLI will be going for a top end battle rig- not a low power wonder.

RE: And the benefit is????
By Master Kenobi on 7/20/2006 8:18:05 AM , Rating: 2
Yea, its a pretty stupid idea, rather than making laptops more power effecient, these (Desktop Replacements) are becoming a new trend. Heres an idea, maybe I don't want to play F.E.A.R. on a 14inch laptop LCD.

From a business standpoint, all our laptops sport 2GB of ram, and 2GB procesors, but thats it, no fancy graphics, just the integrated whatever. If we need graphic design and whatnot, we deploy a Tower. Seriously when will companies learn, Laptops are to be MOBILE, desktops and workstations are for heavy gaming.

Seems to be they are looking to build these desktop replacement laptops as a Jack of All Trades. It's mobile, it games nicely, its got a big screen, it weighs in at like 7 or 8 lbs........ Doesnt last longer than an hour, two at best, on battery....


RE: And the benefit is????
By Master Kenobi on 7/20/2006 8:18:47 AM , Rating: 2
And that should be 2 GHz processors....... I just woke up, coffee hasn't kicked in yet.

RE: And the benefit is????
By phatboye on 7/20/2006 8:42:32 AM , Rating: 2
What are you talking about? This isn't a stupid idea. Obviously they aren't targeting this technology for people like you who does not need SLI in their laptop. If you don't like or don't need SLI in your notebook then simply don't buy a notebook with SLI in it. I don't see what the big deal is. You will have the option of not having to pay for a laptop with SLI in it.

I personally would never spend the money on SLI in a notebook either but there might be a few gamers who would like SLI in their notebooks so that they don't have to deal with bulky desktops and have a multipurpose notebook that they could easily bring to LAN parties.

RE: And the benefit is????
By bobsmith1492 on 7/20/2006 8:29:12 AM , Rating: 2
"And the benefit is????"

Personally, I would love it. Right now, I use my laptop for gaming while it is set up in my room. I also take it to school to use for projects and programming and whatnot. Therefore, when I bought it, I got one that wasn't very big, had a low-power processor (P-M), and had a decent video card.

Something like this would be perfect. You don't need a power-hungry processor like a P4 for gaming; a P-M is great for both the low-power end and the gaming end, while not making for a huge laptop either.

Now, pair that with a video card that sucks virtually no power, and you can have either a mobile machine or a desktop gaming system all-in-one. That sounds like a good idea to me.

RE: And the benefit is????
By fbrdphreak on 7/20/2006 9:34:33 AM , Rating: 2
The benefit is people can have high end graphics with great battery life. You can't get that right now.

Just because SOME people don't need or want it (kinda like desktop SLI graphics), doesn't mean its a stupid idea.

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