Nvidia cooking up a retort to 'boundless gaming'

— 1:18 PM on September 21, 2006

Back in June, ATI unveiled its "boundless gaming" physics implementation that can combine two Radeon graphics cards running in CrossFire mode with one extra Radeon card in charge of GPU-accelerated physics computations. Some sites quickly suspected that Nvidia might have a similar implementation up its sleeve after noticing that some nForce 590 SLI Intel Edition motherboards featured three PCI Express x16 slots, but there was little additional evidence to support this speculation.

Three months later, Asus has sent us a press release for its P5N32-SLI Premium/WiFI-AP motherboard that bears an interesting mention:

ASUSTeK Computer Inc. (ASUS), the worldwide leader of motherboards, today introduced the P5N32-SLI premium/WiFi-AP, which leveraged Quad-SLI technology, Intel's Core2 Extreme support, and a third PCI Express x16 slot for Nvidia's upcoming Physics card to deliver superior gaming realism.
A quick look on Asus' product page for the motherboard reveals a similar statement, except with talk of a "GPU Physics card" instead of an Nvidia physics card. From these two statements, it's probably safe to assume that Nvidia is cooking up a counterattack to ATI's "boundless gaming." One has to wonder whether Nvidia will base its solution on its existing graphics cards or its next generation of graphics processors. Thanks to The Register for the tip.
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