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Next generation ATI video cards won't need a Master Card...

Internal ATI memos and roadmaps have revealed to us that the next generation 80nm RV570 and RV560 GPUs will not require a master card to operate in Crossfire mode.  Both GPUs have on-board Crossfire support, meaning they are both effectively "masters." 

Without master cards, ATI will also be dropping the external Crossfire TDMS transmitter.  Radeon X1300 and Radeon X1600 require neither the dongle nor master cards to operate in Crossfire mode, but they are relatively low end cards as well.  Unfortunately, all is not beer and Skittles: the same memos claiming RV570 and RV560 have on-chip Crossfire support also claim that the chips may require a PCB bridge to really operate in full Crossfire mode.  This is extremely similar to NVIDIA's SLI implementation. 

These memos also reveal to us that due to the on-chip Crossfire will allow the possibility of multi-GPU dice and packaging.  Several manufacturers attempted multiple GPUs on a single card over the last couple years with very minimal success.



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RE: Wonders
By BioRebel on 2/21/2006 11:14:59 AM , Rating: 2
Ok, good point. But on some boards the PCI-e slots aren't blocked at all by the x16 slot. Like on my board the smaller slots are on the top while the x16 is between them and my PCI, so right now I'd LOVE to see something use those damn ports, otherwise the mobo companies should fucking get rid of them! I can barely suffice with only 3 PCI slots, and one half covered by my 7800GTX's heatsink.


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