hehe this is EXACTLY what I've been saying all along.. ATI's solution is NO better than Nvidias.... its all the freaking same... sames**t different name.
IF .. IF ATI's solution is graphically superior in perfomance.. I'll give them props... else they are in the same boat as Nvidia...
well actually an external dongle has more capabilites than the Nvidia's SLI bridge has.
I must admit, a $500 mastercard + normal card would be expensive. But think of this when making one
I believe someone mentioned that there are 2 mastercards atm, and the other one is much much cheaper than $500.
We really can't say much about this new tech until it is tested under FAIR grounds with the SLI cards. When I say FAIR, I mean that the card doesn't have any problems and the SLI cards / ATI cards aren't overclocked for the score.
ATI=normal PSU + mastercard + normal card
Nvidia=Higher end PSU + 2x identical graphics cards + higher electric bills (if you really want to include that) + known compatibilty issues.
ATI's solution is faster than NVidia's SLI by far, so I think this is well worth the upgrade.
P.S. Even though I work for Intel, I think the Athlon 64's & Opterons RULE all the way.
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Well, sure. Maybe if Nvidia updated their drivers and bios for their SLI products, they might be able to bump up the speed of the SLI bridge. The point I'm trying to make is that the external dongle has more speed capabilites than the SLI bridge.
I have heard people debating whether ATi cards will work in XF on an SLi motherboard. ATi will probably provide driver support after a while, once they realise that nForce4 is better than their ULi fixed version. So the only problem is nVIDIA. Now surely someone will simply take the nVIDIA drivers and mod them to allow it, simple.
harris i understand the point your making, but i what i dont understand is what your basing this on,
so why should the external dongle have "more speed capabilites than the SLI bridge."?
i've had experiance with looping a vga cable from the graphics card to a hollywood plus mpeg 2 decoder and it doesnt work as well as having a digital communications link between the cards, at least then the work load could be divided between the cards by the cards which would then free up more time for the rest of the computer system to work on other processes and not having to decide on a frame by frame basis what parrts of the screen should go to which graphics card
what it comes down to is the hardware and software which makes the system works and unless someone here works for both ATI and Nvidia and is willing to give an equal comparasion between the 2 technologies i dont think any one is in a position to say thats ATI's tech is better than Nvidias tech until they've put them both though some tests.
when it comes to path difference it doesnt make that much difference in 'speed' whether its an external dongle or an internal bridge because the signal propergates though the wires at the speed of light so an extra 10cm to the path will not noticably delay the signal
I just hate it when you get people like Harris who have read the pr from ati and are convinced that it is 'better' without thinking about how it is to be implemented
imho ati's multi-gpu protocol looks better than nvidias but i still would have preferred an internal link