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CrossFire with P965 possible with MSI P965 Platinum

MSI has announced its P965 Platinum motherboard based on Intel’s P965 Broadwater chipset supports ATI’s CrossFire multi-GPU technologies. It was previously reported Intel’s P965 chipset would not support ATI’s CrossFire at launch and future outlooks were quite bleak. Nevertheless it seems ATI has had a change of heart regarding Intel chipset CrossFire compatibility, possibly due to manufacturers not adopting ATI’s upcoming RD600.

CrossFire performance may be slightly hindered to the P965’s design. Unlike Intel’s 975X which supports two PCI Express x16 slots with eight lanes routed to each slot when multiple graphics cards are inserted, the P965 only supports one full speed PCI Express x16 and one physical PCI Express x16 slot with four lanes routed to it. Currently it seems MSI is the only motherboard manufacturer to announce CrossFire support on its P965 based motherboards. Expect other manufacturers to announce CrossFire compatibility with P965 chipset based motherboards in the near future.

MSI’s P965 Platinum includes notable features such as support for Intel’s Core 2 Duo, six SATA II ports with RAID 0, 1, 5 and 10. There’s also one onboard PATA via a JMicron JMB361 controller and high definition audio powered by Realtek’s ALC883 codec.





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