RV560, RV570 to sport internal CrossFire bridge?
Further information has trickled out about ATI's upcoming RV560 and
RV570 graphics chips, which rumors say
are due for the back-to-school season at respective $199 and $299 price
points. Last week, The Inquirer got its hands on a picture
of an RV570-based graphics card. The card's upper-left corner shows a
pair of connectors akin to the SLI "golden fingers" reserved for
multi-GPU bridges on NVIDIA cards, but The Inq said it was unaware of
the connectors' purpose. Today, Hexus has word from one of ATI's card
manufacturing partners that both the RV560 and the RV570 will sport
"dongle-less" CrossFire via dual internal
connectors that link the cards.
According to the ATI partner moles quizzed by Hexus, RV560 and RV570
will be too bandwidth-hungry for a traditional "dongle-less" CrossFire
setup that passes data between the cards via PCI Express. CrossFire dongles are considered a "2nd rate solution," Hexus says, and ATI
is moving to an internal connector that can pass data both ways between
the cards. If this information checks out, let's hope it means the RV560
and RV570 also won't require expensive CrossFire Edition master cards
like their dongle-sporting brethren.