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Quad SLI for DIYers

NVIDIA has officially released its WHQL certified ForceWare 91.45 drivers for Quad SLI technology. The drivers were previously available in beta form on NVIDIA’s nZone site. The new drivers are placed under a new Quad SLI section instead of the usual GeForce and TNT2 driver section. Interestingly enough the latest ForceWare 91.45 only supports GeForce 7950GX2 graphics cards. Users with 7900GX2 graphics cards will have to wait for drivers from respective system builders such as Alienware, Dell, Velocity and other manufacturers of early Quad SLI systems.

The release highlights include:
  • Adds support for Quad NVIDIA SLI™ Technology on GeForce 7950 GX2 GPUs. For more information on Quad NVIDIA SLI, please visit this website.
  • Includes the new NVIDIA Control Panel. Please visit the NVIDIA Control Panel website for more information.
  • New NVIDIA PureVideo features and enhancements. Please visit the NVIDIA PureVideo website for more information on PureVideo technology and system requirements.
  • Adds noise reduction post processing
  • Adds image sharpening post processing
  • Improved Inverse telecine algorithm
  • Improved de-interlacing algorithm
  • Improved compatibility with third party MPEG-2 decoders
  • Microsoft® DirectX® 9.0c and OpenGL® 2.0 support
Users with two GeForce 7950GX2 graphics cards can grab the drivers from NVIDIA’s website.

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Even if it was beneficial
By exdeath on 8/9/2006 2:27:06 PM , Rating: 3
I still wouldn't fall for this ploy to sell off G70 inventory at the last minute before G80 comes out. I'd rather wait and get quad SLI from the start with a new chip.

Is anyone else tired of all the 'best' stuff only coming out near the end of a product cycle rendering it obselete anyway?
Always seems companies introduce 'new technolgy' like this quad SLI at the end of a product cycle just before something new comes out, as if they are just trying to stretch sales.

RE: Even if it was beneficial
By SunAngel on 8/9/06, Rating: -1
RE: Even if it was beneficial
By gramboh on 8/10/2006 12:36:03 PM , Rating: 2
Agreed on the lifecycle issues. I was just thinking in my head that $650CDN for a 7950GX2 isn't that bad a deal for the performance then thought it would be worth under $500 in a matter of months.

ATI X1900XT for $400CDN is the best deal in Canada right now. 7900GTX seems to be 500-550 everywhere I look.

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