ATI, NVIDIA tout support for Intel's new chips

— 12:08 AM on July 28, 2006

Unfazed by Monday's AMD deal, ATI has announced its support for Intel's new Core 2 processors. ATI boasts about providing what it calls "boundless gaming" through OEM systems with a Core 2 Extreme X6800 processor and dual Radeon X1900 graphics cards running in CrossFire mode. System integrators that combine the Core 2 Extreme with ATI CrossFire setups include Alienware, CyberPower, Gateway, iBuyPower, Maingear, OverDrive PC, Velocity Micro, and VoodooPC.

NVIDIA hasn't been sitting idle, either. The green team's Intel-flavored nForce4 SLI X16, nForce 590 SLI, and nForce 570 SLI chipsets all have support for Core 2 processors (although some nForce4 SLI X16 motherboards may not), and system builders including ABS, Alienware, CyberPower, Falcon Northwest, iBuyPower, Maingear, Monarch, Velocity Micro, and Voodoo PC offer SLI machines with Core 2 Duos. And of course, whereas ATI's "boundless gaming" is currently limited to two graphics processors, NVIDIA boasts about being able to offer up to four GPUs in an Intel-based Quad SLI system.

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