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Intel blocks Nvidia from running SLI on Conroe platforms

Prefers ATI, it seems
Tue Jun 27 2006, 15:08
WE GOT some interesting input on Intel not supporting SLI on its Conroe-supporting motherboards. Up until now, we, and our, sources have blamed it all on Nvidia but it turns out we might be wrong about that.

There is a big chance that Intel doesn't want to allow Nvidia to run SLI, as it doesn't want to make a big thing about SLI on its own Conroe machines.

Intel is in the bed with ATI and signed a cross-licensing agreement quite some time ago, the upshot of which is that it officially supports ATI's Crossfire on Intel 975/965 boards. We hear that Intel doesn't want to let Nvidia's SLI to run on its boards, at least not officially.

There will no-doubt be a leaked driver that will allow such a scenario, but even if the high-end tweakers society might be happy about it, none of the system integrators or OEMs will make such a machine as the driver would never be official and WHQL.

It is a funny old game but we will try to get to the bottom of it. µ

See Also
Geeks get Quad SLI to work on a 965 Conroe board
Nforce 590SLI to use old C19 chip for Conroe
ATI offers Conroe Crossfire incentive

 

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