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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: Maybe because its not mainstream..
By VooDooAddict on 7/28/2006 11:03:52 AM , Rating: 2
An 8 or 16 tap AF sure ... But really at high resolutions like that is there that much of need for AA?


By therealnickdanger on 7/28/2006 12:51:46 PM , Rating: 2
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I wouldn't consider EVERY option to be maxed out unless you have AA and AF maxed out as well...

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An 8 or 16 tap AF sure ... But really at high resolutions like that is there that much of need for AA?

Well, that's just it, I can still get over 30fps with full 8XAA and 16XAF, but on my 1920x1200 display, I see barely any further reduction in jaggies using anything higher than 2XAA. In addition, in most games that I apply the full 16XAF, I get strange texture effects like scintilating texture edges and poor dithering. Then there's the whole heat thing, did you know that laptops featuring GO 7800 cards also acts as effective spermicides? I'm content, I get all the eye-candy and solid performance with only one GPU.


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