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Old 01-10-07, 06:12 AM
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Triple SLi

Crikey! Just when you thought everything was calming down, along comes nvidia with Triple SLi!!!!

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It looks like NVIDIA could be readying its new triple SLI platform if a slide published by Expreview is to be believed. The new three-way SLI will allow users to use three NVIDIA graphics cards simultaneously to run demanding 3D applications, although there are still very few details about it at present. The technology is being branded as “The new Ultimate Gaming Platform” by NVIDIA, and will work using a new three-way SLI bridge connector, with NVIDIA’s nForce 680i and 780i being the first chipsets to support it. If this slide is for real, then the GeForce 8800 Ultra and GTX will be the only cards capable of triple SLI to start with, but presumaby more will follow soon after – if triple SLI is more successful than quad SLI that is (which was largely let down by poor drivers). ATI is also planning to use three graphics cards with its CrossFire technology in the near future, where one card is expected to be dedicated to physics processing.

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Old 01-10-07, 06:36 AM
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Crikey! Just when you thought everything was calming down, along comes nvidia with Triple SLi!!!!

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OMG, I want 1 or 3!
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Old 01-10-07, 07:23 AM
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Nvidia better get cracking on some decent drivers if this is true. SLI doesn't even provide enough benefits to warrant the purchase of an additional card...let alone two (imo).
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Old 01-10-07, 07:42 AM
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Yeah agreed. Then throw Vista (32- and 64-bit) into the mix and the need for decent drivers becomes even more urgent with that much firepower. However MS did release an update to improve SLI performance under Vista, I just don't know how successful it has been.
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Old 01-10-07, 09:06 AM
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The cooling looks like it will suffer..

The middle card will go bang.. or even the bottom.. or the top!

All the fans are being obstructed.
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Old 01-10-07, 09:17 AM
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I don't think this will take off.

For one the likes of Kingpin/Kinc etc aren't going to like the fact there is no way they could fit any pots in (ln2/dice etc), being restricted to air is a joke. Maybe someone will release ultra thin w/c blocks but still...

Second main point: DRIVERS! As everyone has already mentioned sli drivers aren't the best, adding a 3rd card to the mix is only going to make matters worse. I saw an interesting article re. Vista's performance in games now, compared to 10 months ago vs XP. Vista is now almost on par with XP and slightly better in a few games. When I remember where the article is i'll post - I wonder if they did sli, can't remember...

3rd: The cost. Well it's going to be for the uber rich.

I suppose people with 30" monitors will have a use for it!
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Old 01-10-07, 09:38 AM
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Old 01-10-07, 12:17 PM
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Its just a bit pointless really.. 3 cards? Can't see it being worth the manufacturing and marketing for the few people that will bother to take advantage of it.
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Old 01-10-07, 12:22 PM
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... and a few weeks l8r a G9800 XTXTXTX comes out and spanks it ..

Assuming the air intake is at the side of the cards and not the rear, that`s pretty tight.

EDIT: btw I think the picture is a fake. Not saying they don`t do it, but meh.
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Old 01-10-07, 01:44 PM
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i too see it a bit pointless, seeing that even normal sli doesnt give decent 100% or at least 80% performance boost, im not even talking about triple sli, this is just ridiculous
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