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Old 01-09-2008, 08:24 AM   #1 (permalink)
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From enthusiast to low-end, all new NVIDIA chipsets will feature an enabled integrated graphics core

In conjunction with the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, NVIDIA launched its NVIDIA Hybrid SLI technology along with its newest chipset. Hybrid SLI is NVIDIA’s first foray into visual computing.

NVIDIA’s Hybrid SLI links NVIDIA integrated graphics chipsets with NVIDIA discrete GPUs, allowing them to work together. The company claims that the new technology lowers power consumption and improves performance.

NVIDIA’s announcement of Hybrid SLI also indicates a major shift in the company’s chipset-feature policy. NVIDIA chipsets with integrated graphics processors (IGP) have traditionally been available only in the lower segment of the market. NVIDIA now decided that all of its new chipsets, low and high-end alike, will come with IGP.

Of course most core logic includes an integrated graphics processor, albeit disabled.

Two fundamental components make up Hybrid SLI: HybridPower and GeForce Boost. HybridPower, as the name indicates, is the power-consumption reducing aspect of the technology. It allows for systems to completely turn off discrete graphics cards when their high-functionality is not needed. Instead, the chipset’s integrated graphics takes over.

In order to use Hybrid power, the system must include an NVIDIA IGP and a discrete NVIDIA video card. Under HybridPower, users connect their display to the motherboards graphics outputs. When users require the use of their discrete GPU, the frame buffer contents for the discrete graphics cards are copied over to the integrated graphics processor’s frame buffer. NVIDIA asserts that the second generation PCI specification provides enough bandwidth.

Latency is considered a "non-issue," claims NVIDIA spokesman.

GeForce Boost combines the power of the IGP -- which NVIDIA calls the mGPU) and the discrete GPU (dGPU) to improve performance. NVDIA told the press that this technology is meant for low-end or mid-range PCs. In fact, the company states that this feature could be detrimental to the performance of high-end PCs.

NVIDIA Hybrid SLI is currently a Windows Vista exclusive.

NVIDIA Hybrid SLI technology will be incorporated into a wide variety of graphics and motherboard desktop and notebook products that the Company is rolling out for both AMD and Intel desktop and notebook computing platforms throughout 2008.

In addition to announcing hybrid SLI, NVIDIA also announced its new nForce 780a chipset. Naturally, one of the newest features is Hybrid SLI support. In addition, all chipset versions now have embedded GPUs. Currently, the nForce 780a is being launched for AMD processors.

The new chipset supports AMD’s newest HyperTransport 3 link interconnect, and offers 32 PCI Express lanes via an NVIDIA nForce 200 chip.

The nForce 200 comes with a couple of notable features. One of them is a Posted Write Shortcut, which NVIDIA says allows data from one graphics card to be passed directly to other graphics cards without having the data to be sent back through the CPU. The feature is said to improve SLI scaling performance.

As can be expected, the chipset is also ESA certified and supports 3-way SLI.
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Default Re: All New NVIDIA Chipsets to Feature IGP and Hybrid SLI

I read something similar regarding ATI chipsets, but I don't know if it is for all chipsets or not.

While neither is all that great, it is still a decent boost for low-end cards.
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It could attract alot of crowd by making its Hybrid SLI compatible with most of the 8 and 9 series cards unlike Ati's 780G which is only compatible with a 3450 card in their Hybrid Crossfire mode.

If and only IF Nvidia allows full compatibility with all 8 and 9 series graphics cards that could be turned off when not gaming then it would make alot of sense to buy their mobos with onboard graphics..

then again, thats just my two cents, everyone else might have a different opinion.:happy:
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Way to bump...

If they did that the Integrated GPU would probably bottleneck the high-end cards, thats why it turns itself off after a certain card is put in (and 780g disables the inside GPU if you put anything above an HD3650 not HD3450)
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If they did that the Integrated GPU would probably bottleneck the high-end cards, thats why it turns itself off after a certain card is put in (and 780g disables the inside GPU if you put anything above an HD3650 not HD3450)
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just checked the Nvidia website and it only offers the Hybrid SLI for AMD processors!

sorry it does.. with the geforce 7 series mgpus
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i think it only works with 9-series cards as well. could be mistaken.
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