Based on information from a number of sources, HEXUS can exclusively reveal details about ATi’s dual-card technology for Multi Video Processing units (MVP).
ATi seems to have had the technology to implement MVP for a long time, but saw the potential in the mainstream/enthusiast market last year with the launch of NVIDIA SLi, and what red blooded bloke wouldn’t like a bit of twin action now and again, eh?
Apparently the first solution available will be based on ATi RADEON X850 XT (R480) and therefore some of the good news promised is that any existing owner will be able to upgrade to ATi MVP goodness.
Some, perhaps mainly early, NVIDIA GeForce 6800 Ultra cards have not been shipped ‘SLi ready’ – but it seems that any ATi PCIe 3D accelerator, based upon its R480 VPU, will be able to function as the ‘slave unit’.
Nothing kinky here folks, the ‘Master/Slave’ reference tells you which card is in control of assembling the final image in its frame buffer. Just like NVIDIA SLi, the ATi MVP solution will require a compatible mainboard (first seen by HEXUS on the ASUSTeK booth at this years CeBIT exhibition) and so it will be interesting to see which core-logic technology ATi will be supporting with its MVP.
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