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Core 2 Duo and SLI, a match made in heaven?

NVIDIA has announced its SLI technology has made its way into enthusiast Core 2 Duo based systems from leading system builders. SLI equipped Core 2 Duo systems are available from gaming system manufacturers such as Alienware, Falcon Northwest and Voodoo PC. Other manufacturers include ABS, Alternate, Amax/Ajump, Atelco, Carri, Casper, CyberPower, Everest, Evesham, FDC, HCL Infosystems, Hyrican, iBuyPower, Infinity, Komplete, Kraftway, Levi, Maingear, Mesh, Monarch, Next, NTT, Paradigit, PC Club, Polywell, Quiet PC, Sahara Computers, Scan, SHG, Starmaster, Systemax, Tarox, Topnotch, Velocity Micro, Vicious PC, Vigor Gaming, Vobis and many more.

Lacking from the list of Core 2 Duo SLI system manufacturers is Dell, which hasn’t officially announced Core 2 Duo XPS systems yet. Since Intel’s 975X Express chipset is only compatible with ATI’s CrossFire dual graphics card configuration, Intel users seeking Core 2 Duo and SLI compatibility are forced to use NVIDIA chipsets. NVIDIA offers a variety of Core 2 Duo compatible SLI chipsets including the nForce 4 SLI X16 and nForce 590 SLI chipsets.

With NVIDIA hyping Quad SLI a lot lately its strange to not see NVIDIA tout Quad SLI equipped Core 2 Duo systems, though this could possibly be because system manufacturers are still waiting for WHQL certified Quad SLI drivers.

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RE: Dell's Core 2 Duo Systems
By bamacre on 7/28/2006 12:14:50 AM , Rating: 2
Yes, and the XPS 700 systems allows both C2D and SLI'd 7900 GTX's.

RE: Dell's Core 2 Duo Systems
By dice1111 on 7/28/2006 9:41:01 AM , Rating: 2
Here is some info on the status of the XPS 700 systems. We can buy them yet, but soon.

RE: Dell's Core 2 Duo Systems
By dice1111 on 7/28/2006 9:41:57 AM , Rating: 2
Apparently Dell is "waiting on parts"

-wanted to add to fisrt post. Curse the no edit function.

RE: Dell's Core 2 Duo Systems
By othercents on 7/28/2006 10:42:11 AM , Rating: 2
They are going to be waiting for a while. Intel has decided not to sell the first batch of Core 2 processors to Dell since Dell has turned to using AMD processors in their products.


RE: Dell's Core 2 Duo Systems
By VooDooAddict on 7/28/2006 11:08:09 AM , Rating: 2
Really? Any links to back that up?

RE: Dell's Core 2 Duo Systems
By themelon on 7/28/2006 11:23:12 AM , Rating: 2
One only needs to go to the XPS700 webpage to see that.

RE: Dell's Core 2 Duo Systems
By themelon on 7/28/2006 11:23:50 AM , Rating: 2
oops... Meant for voodooadict's post...

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