Lucid Hydra 200 Multi GPU Performance Revealed

Lucid Hydra 200 Multi GPU Performance Revealed

About a year ago, semiconductor startup Lucid Logix began making waves in the graphics space with claims of being able to revolutionize multi-GPU computing, promising consumers the ability to pair any graphics card, unrestricted by model or vendor, to another card and achieve highly efficient load balancing with near linear performance increases. This option presumably provides consumers the flexibility to buy an ATI graphics card, install it next to an NVIDIA model on the same motherboard, and see a boost in graphics rendering performance close to the sum of both individual components. We recently got the chance to test a Hydra-enabled system with a number of graphics card, and have our results posted right here...

Lucid Hydra 200 Multi-GPU Performance Revealed

 

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This is probably redundant to even mention, but how long before the green and/or red camp say: Oh hells no!!!

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It scales surprisingly well!

You can get the best of both worlds it seems! There are games the ATI cards are better at, and games the Nvida cards are better at. But with 1 of each... The games the Nvidia cards weren't so good at, it performed better and vice versa.

Were there any wierd artifacts or appearnaces when you run things like AA and AF, shadow's, reflections, etc. since they both do them differently

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Agreed acarzt, I was very impressed with the mix GPU setup.

Will we get to see how this performs with three cards? Especially considering that CrossfireX scales horribly.

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Impressive, I'm looking forward to this when it comes to the market. Like acarzt says now you can get the best of both worlds. It's frustrating being stuck on just one platform.

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Also, can you toss in a 3rd card and run it as dedicated physics card?

Oh wait... Nvidia's driver's would probably stop that because of the ATI card being present lol

Wouldn't be much point running 3 Nvidia cards when you can just use SLi. Unless this scales better?

That would be an interesting Comparo. SLI and Crossfire vs Hydra!

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Yep, that's the idea that I had when I first read about Lucid Hydra a couple of months ago! Also, I remember reading that 3+ GPUs would also be possible, with good scaling in performance.

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Color me intrigued.

I would have expected video cards to use much more proprietary communications between each other in SLI/Crossfire mode, but apparently these guys know stuff that I don't.

It will be interesting to see if the benchmarks on the final board match, and if they can work out the bugs.

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I'd love to see 3 or 4 GTX 295s working together!! Crisis at max EVERYTHING anyone?

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acarzt:

I'd love to see 3 or 4 GTX 295s working together!! Crisis at max EVERYTHING anyone?

From what I have read more than 2 GPUs scale much much better with this than ATI/NVIDIA's current solutions.

This is actually really exciting. I will be watching this closely. I honestly expected nothing more than more vaporware press releases from this company.

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yea, same here.. when I first heard about the technology I figured they would just fizzle out and never be heard from again. But here they are! With Working hardware and good number to show us! I'm much more interested in this technology now! Can't wait to see more what this can do!

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Anyone know if this company is listed on NASDAQ? :D

Just kidding, still too early to tell. Hold your praises everyone. Once I see a mainstream motherboard equipped with this tech, I will jump with both feet in!

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gibbersome:
Once I see a mainstream motherboard equipped with this tech, I will jump

 

Yes, "Show Me The Money!" (MainBoard)

Real World test results with the final products will be interesting to see. Swapping a mainboard isn't so expensive, or even much trouble if the results are worth it. It'll also be interesting to see what company does the most with this technology.

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The MSI Big Bang Fuzion motherboard is equipped with the tech and retails for a little over $350. After some fanfare in January, the buzz surround the Lucid Hydra has died somewhat.

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$350.00 is the 'NEW TAX' and must be avoided. I'm interested in the technology, but not in getting raped to have it.

The price will come down however, and if it does not, it would almost be cheaper to just buy a better Video Card.

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As I stated in my earlier post, it will be interesting to see how both Ati and Nvidia react to this tech... especially if it really takes off. 2 big factors IMO will be: 1) Having boards avaiable from all the top vendors at various price points. 2)Driver support!

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recoveringknowitall:
it will be interesting to see how both Ati and Nvidia react

I see your point. They may try to circumvent it or prevent it somehow. I can imagine them writing anti-Hydra drivers and acting like someone is messing about in their knickers. Ha-Ha!

Supposedly, driver support will be provided by Hydra Technicians.

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realneil:
Supposedly, driver support will be provided by Hydra Technicians.

Yeah. What I meant to emphasize is how comitted will they be to continuing to release drivers to adress bugs and maintain compatability with current games and new releases.

This tech looks very promising, but I don't see it going far as is... rather it is more a glimpse of possibility that will lend itself to future developments and advances in multi gpu tech in general.

If it were to completely deliver and offer consumers an option that was less expensive AND performed better at the same time where setups would include cards from both camps, neither camp would be too thrilled obviously. It may end up that whichever company is willing to reach the furthest into their pockets to aquire this tech will dominate the market for multi gpu setups and the gfx industry in general to a degree not yet realized... worst case scenario being a total monopoly.

I feel that I can't over state just how potent this tech really is. Game changing. Point blank.

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recoveringknowitall:
how comitted will they be

 

It's all they do. It's all the company is known for so far. Since it's their 'bread and butter', I think that maybe they'll commit in a big way.

The problem as I see it is how much that hydra chip is going to jack the price of the motherboards that deploy it. I refuse to be hijacked by technology and will gladly sit it out and wonder how nice it really is if I think they're gouging us. A single card solution if you have a nice one, will be, and IS still sufficient for many of us.

I have my doubts about the viability of a dual driver setup in games anyway. That's why I said earlier that I'll wait and see how others like it first.

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There's no doubt in my mind that enthusiasts will be willing to pay a very high premium for this tech, but I see your point and question whether they will be able to move major units to keep things rolling. Perhaps more affordable boards will come down the pipe later, after the enthusiasts have shelled out the big bucks, field tested and subsequently raved about the awesome performance. Regardless, I still believe this will go the way of Ageia and get snatched up.

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Any word on how this would handle Eyefinity with 1 ATI gpu and 1 Nvidia gpu?

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I've been looking around a little bit and I believe that THIS BOARD is the better value for the 1156 socket at this time. It's only a little less expensive than the same board with Lucid Hydra chip on it. It has true dual 16x PCI-E slots with another 4X slot left over! Stick out tongue  This is missing from other 1156 socket offerings and is welcome as far as I'm concerned.

A $30.00 difference in price is not too much of a premium for the Hydra technology, but the Lucid Hydra chip is not such a significant gain in performance and is said to have problems at this time.   Read More Here      (driver support and limited interaction between dissimilar card's capabilities) Traditional high end Crossfire and SLI configurations seem to work a little better than a mixed set of cards so far,........

Once the technology grows up a little, (think: driver support) and once it's available on some lower priced mainboards, it looks to be a viable solution for some of us. Big Smile

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Why the large font... are you yellin? lol

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recoveringknowitall:

Why the large font... are you yellin? lol

That's not yelling. THIS IS YELLING

Edit: Aww I can't get my font as big as I thought.Sad

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recoveringknowitall:
Why the large font... are you yellin?

I t was late and I was tired. I'm getting older and My Diabetes is catching up with my eyesight lately, so I don't see as well, especially late in the evening. Geeked

Writing in all caps is yelling and that wasn't what I was doing. Sorry it appeared that way. The Comic Sans MS font makes it easier for me to read. If this style and font size is not good for people, then let me know and I'll stop doing it. Maybe I can compose in it and reduce it before I post. 

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With the lol at the end of my comment I'd hoped you would realize I was just messin.

BTW I'm also diabetic. What type are you and when were you DX'ed? I'm 1.5, DX'ed July of last year. My reading at that time was 633 and my A1c was 15.7, yikes!!! My A1c is now 5.1 on  lantus and a cocktail of oral meds.

I also visit an awesome Diabetic forum that you might wanna check out. http://www.diabetesforums.com/

I go by: skinny 'betic

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