Intel P45 chipset to support CrossFire X

AMD completed its acquisition of ATI over a year ago, but the rumor mill suggests Intel is still committed to offering ATI CrossFire multi-GPU support in its future chipsets. A report by DigiTimes quotes anonymous insiders at motherboard manufacturers as saying Intel’s next-gen performance/mainstream chipset, the P45 Express, will have support for AMD’s latest CrossFire X multi-GPU tech.

According to DigiTimes, AMD asserted after the acquisition that it would still be open to licensing CrossFire to third parties, but the departures of former high-profile ATI executives like ex-CEO Dave Orton cast doubt on that strategy. Still, Intel’s existing P35 and X38 Express chipsets continue to support CrossFire, and Intel has reportedly renewed its license with AMD for upcoming 4-series chipsets. As DigiTimes points out, continued collaboration between Intel and AMD may put pressure on Nvidia, which only offers SLI support on motherboards based on its own nForce chipsets.

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    • deruberhanyok
    • 13 years ago

    I find this collaboration an excellent example of “rival” companies working on features beneficial to the consumer.

    nvidia should take note. Locking SLI out of AMD chipset boards seems kind of silly in the face of Intel supporting Crossfire. Heck, Sony and Toshiba should be paying attention, too, maybe they’ll get ideas as to how to resolve that whole HD-DVD / Blu-Ray thing.

      • Kurotetsu
      • 13 years ago

      Yeah, its interesting how this is working out. Bitter enemies on one side, in bed on the other.

      • BobbinThreadbare
      • 13 years ago

      Yeah, but until AMD isn’t hurting themselves here as they don’t make an Intel chipset. If you want an AMD chip with crossfire you have to buy an AMD motherboard.

        • dermutti
        • 13 years ago

        But if you want Crossfire, you don’t have to buy an AMD mobo/cpu.

      • cegras
      • 13 years ago

      It isn’t. nvidia’s chipset is only good for SLI – P35 excels in overclocking and memory bandwidth. If they give up SLI – they no one will buy their chipset.

    • flip-mode
    • 13 years ago

    If you can’t sell CPUs you might as well sell GPUs and sell to anyone who is buying.

    • NeRve
    • 13 years ago

    P45 – is that Eaglelake?

      • Flying Fox
      • 13 years ago

      Seems to be.

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