Centrino notebooks to gain SLI support
With a handful of exceptions, NVIDIA's
SLI multi-GPU technology has thus far been exclusive to NVIDIA chipsets.
This situation may change in the near future, though. HKEPC says it has
heard directly from Intel's Regional Sales Manager of South China, Vincent Lee, that NVIDIA
authorized SLI support in Intel's 945GM/PM mobile chipsets for
Centrino Duo notebooks. While not tailored for multi-GPU support, these
chipsets can reportedly have their PCI Express lanes organized in a
x16/x4 configuration. SLI compatibility with 945GM/PM core logic is
already built into NVIDIA's latest ForceWare 91.31 drivers, HKEPC says,
although final products are not yet ready. For now, mobile users seeking
an SLI fix will have to contend with notebooks based on AMD's mobile
processors and nForce4 SLI core logic.
As far as SLI support on Intel's desktop chipsets goes, Vincent is
reported to have said Intel is looking for "more chance to cooperate."
Nothing has been confirmed yet, however.