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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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By thomasxstewart on 2/22/2006 12:08:51 AM , Rating: 2
First 6X is parsed & Bi directional, so its not really made for high speed in large scale formats with extreme action. Two 8x don't do any more than that, as it is still parsed. Crossfire & Nvidia still have to parse all 20 to 32 lane solutions no matter what they may claim or forget to mention. Only "true" solution is 40+ Pci-express lanes on mainboard. Then all this "hockie" stuff will fall by wayside & mainboard will start working correctly.There are 46 lane mainboard pci express controllers made m55 xpe. Yet first mainboard by EPOX was cancelled few weeks ago, so hold on, I feel its going to get hot this spring. Signed:PHYSICIAN THOMAS STEWART VON DRASHEK M.D.

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