Nvidia and AMD Hug It Out, SLI Coming to AMD Motherboards! - HotHardware
Nvidia and AMD Hug It Out, SLI Coming to AMD Motherboards!

Nvidia and AMD Hug It Out, SLI Coming to AMD Motherboards!

There's a scene in Step Brothers where Brennan Huff, played by Will Ferrell, asks Dale Doback, played by John. C. Reilly, "Did we just become best friends?" The answer is an emphatic "Yep!," and the two then decide to go practice karate in the garage. AMD and Nvidia don't live together, nor would we go so far to tag them as BFFs, but the two graphics rivals did just decide to roundhouse the tech industry with a surprise announcement: Nvidia, at long last, is licensing its SLI technology to AMD.

It's. About. Time! That's what you're thinking, that's what we're thinking, that's what everyone is thinking. So what exactly took so long for these two to hug out their differences and get on the same multi-GPU page?

"Long term gamers probably remember that for a long time AMD offered great high-end CPUs, but in recent years, AMD’s stature as the preferred gaming CPU fell by the wayside and Intel CPUs have been the gamers’ choice. For this reason, we’ve only licensed SLI for motherboards with Intel chipsets," Nvidia explains. "However, we’ve been recently hearing chants of “SLI for AMD CPUs”, and figured that now is a great time to do it."


Starting with AMD's upcoming 990 series chipset, you'll be able to run multiple Nvidia cards configured in SLI, a feat previously only available to Intel chipsets.

Last year would have a been a great time to do it, and the year before that, but we're not holding any grudges. We're just thrilled that these two rivals managed to hammer out a deal that benefits system builders who will no longer have to pick out a motherboard based on their choice of graphics cards, and vice versa.

Nvidia didn't go into many specifics about the license, such as how long it's good for and whether it anticipates any drama when it comes time to renew, but did say the license covers "upcoming motherboards featuring AMD's 990FX, 990X, and 970 chipsets."

As you would expect, all the top-tier motherboard makers are chomping at the bit to release new boards based on this new arrangement, including Asus, Gigabyte, ASRock, and MSI. They'll be the first ones to launch AMD mobos with SLI support, but according to Nvidia, other board makers will quickly follow suit.

Are you excited about the new license, or do you prefer to roll with a single graphics card?
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This is great news and definitely a long time coming.

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I've been hoping to see what SLI could do on an AMD motherboard.

Let's see if that and bulldozer is a side of burger and fries.

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AMD and Nvidia ...Ahhhhh the  good ol days...

& gonna be coming soon  for some good ol' AMD Nvidia Nirvana Cool

hey now wait a minute still got a classic AMD XP 2200+ 7600 GS and guess what ?  with 2GB ram running a custom linux install ultra lite desktop ultra lite custom kernel  and playing some classics like Prey  Penumbra Windows 7 Portal and half Life 2 etc some snappy daily stuff all in a LianLI PC 7

it's still a blast Smile

def gonna watching again for this AMD Nvidia sweeeetness

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Nice to see them back working together again, but the intel chipsets twards the end of the Nvidia ones were buch better then the Nvidia chipsets were

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am I excited about the new license? Hell yeah i am! unfortunately now I need to decide to go SB or wait until bulldozer to build a new rig =/

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Hmm.. could it be that Bulldozer is all that and a side of fries? :)

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And a milkshake too :)

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Dave_HH:
Hmm.. could it be that Bulldozer is all that and a side of fries? :)

Hmm, could it be that you already know the answer to that question?

Could Intel's recent release of the Z67 Chipset and it's cool capabilities be prompted by what may be on AMD's horizon?

While this is a good time to be considering a build, just waiting a little while could have amazing rewards, right Dave?

As to this SLI announcement, I want to be able to mix an AMD card with a NVIDIA card in the same computer, and use the best features of both of them, without Lucid technology getting into the mix. Do That.

 

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I honestly thought it was the other way around, and that AMD was the one not wanting to license Sli on their motherboards.

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I used to wonder to myself why I would always see Nvidia with Intel and AMD with ATI. This just sounds awesome especially since I am looking to do my first custom build when I have some extra cash. :)

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This is awesome news, especially with bulldozer on the horizon!

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Wow this is great news. One of the things that makes intel so attractive right now is the future expandability of sli or crossfire.

 

This is also a big reason to upgrade to 900 series chipsets, rather than running a BD cpu on one of the current 800 series with a bios update

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certainly about time. Was seriously considering makin' the jump to Intel if AMD didn't make it possible for SLi very soon. Lookin' to build a new puter.......now I will wait it a bit for the new motherboards to be released. GREAT NEWS FOR LONG TIME AMD~~nVidia fans.

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