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Old 11-08-2005, 07:03 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Radeon X1300 and X1600 Won't Need Master Cards

Although I am not a fan of ATI (bad personal experience with them), I found this item interesting.

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A new ATI advisory is out, and it looks like ATI fans are in for an interesting surprise; X1300 and X1600 won't need a master card. We confirmed this with a few AIBs over the last few hours, but it appears that ATI will release a new driver soon that enables Crossfire over the PCIe bus on Radeon X1300 and X1600 video cards - eliminating the need for dedicated master cards.

...These bridge-less, cable-less Radeons will represent the purest vision of a multi-GPU configuration. Rather than purchase a BBA (Built By ATI) master card, any AIB or BBA Radeon X1600 will work together in Crossfire mode. AIB partners could not confirm as to whether separate graphic card families would also work together in Crossfire mode.
http://www.anandtech.com/video/showdoc.aspx?i=2594

Hopefully Crossfire will give SLI a run for its money. After all, competition fuels innovation, and innovation brings forth new stuff... and new stuff makes today's best cheaper!
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Old 11-09-2005, 12:46 AM   #2 (permalink)
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hmm, intersting. too bad they suck and they'll never get released. the X1600XT was a complete waste of money even at "launch" (where is this card anyway? oh well, it will never get released) and is still a complete waste of money now that the 6800GS has been released.
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Old 11-09-2005, 12:51 AM   #3 (permalink)
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haha.. "too bad they suck"
you never know you know, ATI might actually know not to say no
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Old 11-09-2005, 12:58 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Im beginning to wonder if the X1800XT will ever get released, oh I know...it will be released as a pair with the game STALKER lol.
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