MSI demos MXM in SLI

CES — MSI is showing off a unique take on SLI that combines two MXM mobile graphics modules on a single PCI Express x16 card. It’s just a prototype, but depending on interest, it could eventually make its way to market.

The use of mobile graphics modules should allow the card to achieve lower power consumption than other SLI implementations. Users may also be able to upgrade the MXM modules without having to purchase a new card.

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    • Saribro
    • 14 years ago

    Fun as an engineering experiment, but no practical use otherwise.

    • Ryu Connor
    • 14 years ago

    q[

    • Ryu Connor
    • 14 years ago

    q[

      • Anomymous Gerbil
      • 14 years ago

      Simpleton.

        • Krogoth
        • 14 years ago

        He uses the old school, layout format. Just check the D-thread settings.

          • Convert
          • 14 years ago

          So what? He uses “flat” and magically the reply button still works (I am using flat right now to reply to your post to prove it).

            • hmmm
            • 14 years ago

            IAWTP. It is pretty annoying. He has like four threads in this small topic.

    • Ryu Connor
    • 14 years ago

    q[

      • Anomymous Gerbil
      • 14 years ago

      Fk me Ryu, will you start using the Reply function?

      It’s a lot less effort for you than pasting a quote into a new post, i[

    • spiritwalker2222
    • 14 years ago

    So we can buy laptop video cards to run in SLI instead of PCIe 16? Who cares about saving a bit of power, the cost difference will be a lot more than a power supply.

      • Shintai
      • 14 years ago

      And the 4 extra cooling fans in your chassis? This is just another hint to GFX makers than power consumption have gone wild. A dual dualcore P4 setup uses less power than SLI/Crossfire with highend cards.

      Also electric bill aint free either.

      I would like to see some non SLI version too tho.

        • Anomymous Gerbil
        • 14 years ago

        You generally do not need multiple additional cooling fans in your PC to handle an SLI setup, as long as you have some basic airflow in the original setup, of course (e.g. an exhaust fan, and mybe an intake fan). Not to say that this isn’t a neat idea, but don’t exaggerate the impact of using “normal” warm-running cards.

          • Shintai
          • 14 years ago

          It was more a combination of future+possible power increase.

          Its sometimes better to paint a big picture and exaggerate to make people get the point. We already have 1000W PSUs released, and now Dell Quad SLI.

    • 5150
    • 14 years ago

    <guinness>Brilliant!</guinness>

    • maxxcool
    • 14 years ago

    .I. <woody

    I love it, seriously folks i’d love destop system that used mobile parts, mini-dimms, mini-pci

    love the concept….

    • Ryu Connor
    • 14 years ago

    q[http://accessories.us.dell.com/sna/productdetail.aspx?sku=XPSG2GU&c=us&l=en&cs=19&category_id=2999&page=external<]§

    • Bensam123
    • 14 years ago

    Hmmm…. Getting closer to cheap ‘booster’ cards you can insert into PCI-E x1 slots that help the normal card…

    • spuppy
    • 14 years ago

    Has anyone seen MXM modules on sale before?

    • Ryu Connor
    • 14 years ago

    q[

    • CampinCarl
    • 14 years ago

    So umm…What’s MXM?

      • maxxcool
      • 14 years ago

      essentialy a “standardized” graphics card for laptops. its supposed to allow lappy owners to “upgrade graphics” card in their mobile units..and to allow laptop desgners to rapidly develope chassis and cut devolpment costs… but it never really caught on, and costs never droped. but id did make nvidias life alot easier as they were the proponents of the design…

      usefullness in laptops = 0

      cool factor in a desktop = 100

        • bhtooefr
        • 14 years ago

        Unless you call the Inspiron 6000 (with discrete graphics), XPS M140, Inspiron 9300, and the XPS 2/M170 failures…

      • albundy
      • 14 years ago

      More Xtra Money

    • Shintai
    • 14 years ago

    Looks good. Could also save some cost and environment not to upgarde voltage regulators, PCB etc aswell.

    And the saving cost and environmental benefits in terms of power consumption.

      • Anomymous Gerbil
      • 14 years ago

      Does anyone here really think about “saving the environment” when worrying about the small amount of extra power a different component might use? The amount of energy saved is so minute in the context of all energy used as to be not worth worrying about. And don’t say “yes, but if i[

        • Convert
        • 14 years ago

        Just Indeego.

        • wierdo
        • 14 years ago

        Some places in Europe it might, but that’s probably because the power costs encourage it as well… so yes I agree, by itself that doesn’t sell many cards imho.

    • SpotTheCat
    • 14 years ago

    but they are buying new graphics cards… they just have to buy another middle card for it to work. This isn’t as cool as using laptop CPUs in desktops.

      • crabjokeman
      • 14 years ago

      Or laptop HD’s in desktops. 🙂

      • willyolio
      • 14 years ago

      it’s a step forward in the right direction, i think. why should manufacturers invest in a desktop motherboard that uses mobile components if they don’t see a demand?

      if they see that people are buying this card, it’ll show that people want good graphics with low power. maybe the sales of this will eventually lead to an ATX mobo that uses MXM and a mobile chip- perfect for an HTPC that can also handle gaming.

    • Forge
    • 14 years ago

    Cool idea. I’d love to see MXM hit mainstream like this, since you could then upgrade your laptop’s graphics much more easily. That’s been my main problem with laptops for the longest time.

    Maybe keep the top end the way it is now, but make the mainstream cards become basically PCIe<->MXM adapters, and sell MXM modules.

    • sumang007
    • 14 years ago

    How much does a high-end MXM module cost out of interest?

    • protomech
    • 14 years ago

    That’s pretty cool.. but I can’t imagine it costs any less than one /[

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