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- Why NVIDIA Chipsets?
September 1, 2008, 9:59 am
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Re: Why NVIDIA Chipsets?
"In order to use SLI, a motherboard with an nForce4, nForce 500, nForce 600
or nForce 700 SLI chipset must be used. Although with the use of hacks and
older drivers, one can make SLI work on motherboards with Intel, ATI and
ULi chipsets, Nvidia has stated that only their own chipsets can allow SLI
to function optimally, and that *they will not allow SLI to work on any
That is a reason to use an Nvidia chipset.
This is the situation for ATI CrossFire (using two ATI video cards
to accelerate 3D rendering).
"ATI has opened the Crossfire architecture to Intel, allowing CrossFire to be
enabled on certain Intel chipsets which boast two 16x PCI-E slots."
SLI = Nvidia chipsets only (with a few small exceptions)
Crossfire = ATI/AMD chipsets plus Intel chipsets
If you only ever use one video card for normal work, then
there is hardly a reason to care about the chipset.
If you play 3D games on the computer, and can afford to purchase
two video cards, to combine their graphics power, then you may
want to think about which chipset to use, based on the above
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