Report: SLI support coming to AMD’s 990-series chipsets

Remember when running a couple of GeForces in SLI mode required the use of an Nvidia nForce chipset? Things may have changed in the Intel camp, but AMD users are still faced with that old conundrum—and today, SLI-capable nForce 980a motherboards have all but disappeared from online listings.

A solution appears to be on the way, though. VR-Zone has nabbed a presentation slide, seemingly from Nvidia, that teases SLI support for AMD’s next-gen 990-series chipsets. Those chipsets should accompany Bulldozer-based Zambezi desktop processors when they come out later this year. According to the slide, makers of 990FX and 990X motherboards will be able to license SLI support just like they presently do with their Intel P67 offerings.

The slide reveals a few other noteworthy points. The “same ‘key’ technology” and certification process used with Intel boards will be involved; Nvidia’s NF200 bridge chip won’t be part of the picture; and only current SLI licensees will get to offer SLI-capable 990-series mobos. I’m guessing that means we won’t see new players serve up SLI-capable 990FX or 990X boards without Intel alternatives to match.

If there’s any truth to this (very much unconfirmed) report, Zambezi will be a more compelling alternative to Sandy Bridge than it might otherwise have been. I’m surprised official, license-dependent SLI support will have taken this long to hit AMD motherboards, though. Nvidia decommissioned its chipset business a year and a half ago, and SLI capabilities made their way into X58 boards way back in late 2008.

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    • abw
    • 9 years ago

    Nvidia are thieves..
    5$ per motherboard is close to the net margin of the MB manufacturer…
    I would be AMD , i would ask Nvidia to pay fees if they want to get
    SLI compatible with my chipsets…

      • Meadows
      • 9 years ago

      It’s *not* like they forced AMD to sign the papers.

        • abw
        • 9 years ago

        AMD is not involved since this is a Nvidia/manufacturers only affair.
        But then, AMD could have implemented its chipsets in a way that
        it only allow its gfx cards to work in crossfire, and ask for money
        if Nvidia wants to take advantage of AMD s plateform to run SLI.
        If BD is the gaming brute that is expected, Nvidia would loose a lot
        by refusing such a “friendly” offer..
        Indeed, if the tables were turned the other way, NV would
        be mercylessly in search of such swindlings..

    • Sylak
    • 9 years ago

    AT LAST!, i always own nvidia card. i always like nvidia chipset also. but i prefer AMD CPU to intel because of price/performance value and the possibilty of fitting a newer cpu on old MB. i have a gigabyte board with a 750a sli chipset from nvidia, originaly i used it with a first gen phenom. and now i have a phenom II x4 965. my next system will be a bullbozer one. But since i want to go SLI. i was confuse. i want to stay with amd. So if it they support SLI that’s a great new for people like me!

    • Thanato
    • 9 years ago

    There must be ways that AMD can benefit from allowing a mix inside a machine of graphic cards. Nvidia’s CUDA is spear-heading gpu computing I think would benefit AMD to work more with Nvidia to help stick it Intel sooner than later. Video cards can easily specialize (i.e. physics cards, etc, not just graphics) I think allowing a mix of cards each with their own special benefits can be a great way to go for PC’s in general.

    • mafropetee
    • 9 years ago

    April fools! … Right?

    • ronch
    • 9 years ago

    Good move by AMD and Nvidia.

    AMD:
    Pros: Nvidia fans don’t have to get an Intel rig. AMD is here for business.
    Cons: AMD may lose some GPU sales over to Nvidia.
    Bottomline: AMD graphics cards more often get plugged into an Intel board anyway, so losing some GPU customers to Nvidia seems like a tolerable trade-off compared to gaining on Intel’s CPU+platform market share.

    Nvidia:
    Pros: Nvidia can now get inside an AMD box.
    Cons: None, really. They don’t have a chipset business that AMD can steal away anyway.
    Bottomline: Nvidia now has a license to work with Intel and AMD boards. Simple as that.

    Overall, chipset designers locking their designs to work only with specific GPU brands is a lousy idea for the customer. The PC is all about being an open platform. Kudos to AMD and Nvidia for supporting Open Competition.

      • poulpy
      • 9 years ago

      [quote<]Overall, chipset designers locking their designs to work only with specific GPU brands is a lousy idea for the customer. The PC is all about being an open platform. Kudos to AMD and Nvidia for supporting Open Competition.[/quote<] Isn't it the other way around though: nVidia disabling SLI through their drivers when the chipset found didn't match their criterias (i.e. competition)? Much like the don't (didn't?) allow their GPUs to work alongside a competitors card?

        • sweatshopking
        • 9 years ago

        it’s don’t.

        • ronch
        • 9 years ago

        Yeah, you may well be right. Either way, chipset makers locking out GPUs or GPUs locking out chipsets, takes the ‘open’ out of open architecture.

    • fantastic
    • 9 years ago

    How many people run Crossfire or SLI on their computers? I thought the trend was for laptops, SoC and cell phones. I have never done SLI or Crossfire.

    • grantmeaname
    • 9 years ago

    I wish one of the mobo makers would release a virus that clandestinely enabled SLI on every AMD computer it came across.

    • Krogoth
    • 9 years ago

    This is hardly news.

    Once Nvidia left the chipset business, they lost their reason for exclusive SLI support on their own platforms. It is no surprise that it would be eventually offered on AMD platforms. A video card sale is a sale, regardless of the platform in question.

      • Meadows
      • 9 years ago

      [quote<]Once Nvidia left the chipset business. They lost their reason for exclusive SLI support on their own platforms.[/quote<] You still use periods instead of commas, incorrectly. Makes your sentences look like they've been written as a collaboration between Yoda and an elementary school dropout.

        • sweatshopking
        • 9 years ago

        how come you two fight all the time? you both make reasonable points, can’t we just hug it out?

        • Krogoth
        • 9 years ago

        [url<]http://uwadb.com/forum/Attachments/grammar-nazi.jpg[/url<]

        • d0g_p00p
        • 9 years ago

        fear leads to anger. anger leads to hate. hate leads to suffeeering.

    • Meadows
    • 9 years ago

    [quote<]A solution appears to be on the, though.[/quote<] Cyril's so afraid of making another typo that he just omits words altogether. (Don't worry sweetheart, I'm just jesting.)

      • Thrashdog
      • 9 years ago

      He accidentally the whole word.

        • Meadows
        • 9 years ago

        So you claim it was an accident then?

          • sweatshopking
          • 9 years ago

          you see, when you post things like sweetheart, people correctly assume you’re female.

      • Meadows
      • 9 years ago

      Oh come on Cyril, it’s been over 24 hours.

        • Meadows
        • 9 years ago

        Stopped being funny.

    • CampinCarl
    • 9 years ago

    I’m still waiting for nVidia to get the stick out of their bum and let XFX return to making nVidia cards while they can still make AMD cards. XFX is the BEST, imho, and to me I can’t buy an nVidia card because XFX doesn’t make any.

    • PRIME1
    • 9 years ago

    Because 2x 580 > all

      • sweatshopking
      • 9 years ago

      it’s > my bank account!

        • Meadows
        • 9 years ago

        I wouldn’t be surprised if it whacked your circuit breaker, too.

          • sweatshopking
          • 9 years ago

          lol. I don’t have breakers! i have fuses! i’m in rural NS! running the ol’ fuse box!

      • MrJP
      • 9 years ago

      …if you value +2fps at $320, anyway.

      [url<]https://techreport.com/articles.x/20629/12[/url<]

      • Krogoth
      • 9 years ago

      Nope.jpg

      2x 6990 and 2x 590 still trumps it.

        • willyolio
        • 9 years ago

        it’s a sad day in nVidialand when even a fanboy doesn’t want to pick his own favourite company’s most expensive card.

    • tejas84
    • 9 years ago

    OH MY GOD….

    Hell has just frozen over.

    I have a P8P67 B3 and a i7 2600K on the way! Fer chrissakes should I return them and wait for Bulldozer???

      • NeelyCam
      • 9 years ago

      Why wait for something slower?

      • dale77
      • 9 years ago

      Yes

        • sweatshopking
        • 9 years ago

        no. send them to me if bulldozer is faster. don’t return them.

    • Deanjo
    • 9 years ago

    I told you guys this all months ago. Nvidia’s press release revealed this information a long time ago. But you all said I was nuts/crazy.

      • sweatshopking
      • 9 years ago

      I didn’t, deanjo, I didn’t.

      ♥ u

        • LovermanOwens
        • 9 years ago

        It is good to see more love going around on the comments. It is about time!

          • sweatshopking
          • 9 years ago

          oh baby! we can start a party!

    • kamikaziechameleon
    • 9 years ago

    Yeah nvidia gets no thanks from me since it took them way to long to do this. Kinda unforgivable. I’m deffinately going AMD with my next GPU the limitations they put on their consumer products are really annoying.

      • hapyman
      • 9 years ago

      But is that Nvidia’s fault or was AMD blocking that from happening? Just curious to see which is the case. Either way it was disappointing to see limited options for SLI with AMD CPUs.

        • Martian
        • 9 years ago

        During they were in competition both in chipset and in GPU business, I think AMD wasn’t very willing to give SLI support to its products, especially paying a charge for nVidia after every single product to get it. At the same time, because of their decreasing market share in CPU/chipset business, I wouldn’t think they wanted to prevent SLI configurations on their platforms either.

        • Voldenuit
        • 9 years ago

        [quote<]But is that Nvidia's fault or was AMD blocking that from happening? Just curious to see which is the case.[/quote<] It's easy to find the culprit. If you hack the nvidia drivers to disable the chipset check, SLI starts working on AMD chipsets. So obviously it's nvidia at fault for blocking SLI on competing chipsets, since AMD's chipset drivers aren't doing anything to block SLI by themselves.

          • hapyman
          • 9 years ago

          Wow never heard of this. Looked it up on google and it looks as easy as running a batch file. But I would probably just wait for 990 anyhow.

          Thanks for the info.

    • sweatshopking
    • 9 years ago

    it’s about damn time.

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