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Intel Smackover Grabs X58 SLI License

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Intel Smackover Grabs  X58 SLI License

Bringing just a little yang to the yin of Nvidia's Q4 financial results Intel has announced its purchase of an SLI license for its 'Smackover' X58 motherboard. The upshot being that every major X58 motherboard maker's offerings now offer support for both ATI CrossFire and Nvidia SLI solutions.

The agreement should be mutually beneficial for Intel and Nvidia. In theory at least, both companies could expect to see increased sales as a result of adding SLI support fo the Smackover motherboard. Although whether that will translate to the real world form on-paper remains to be seen.

Unlike some rival boards, Intel's only offers two PCI Express x16 slots, so tri-SLI solutions are out the window; though using a pair of GeForce GTX 295 cards in Quad SLI would still be possible for those with money to burn. Importantly, support for SLI will be added via a BIOS update so current owners won't be left in the cold.

If your fancies are tickled and you happen to have a Smackover board handy, hit the download link below. Otherwise get buying.

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Intel.

smc8788

February 12, 2009, 6:07 pm

Honestly, what were the guys at Intel smoking when they came up with that name?

Jakall

February 13, 2009, 8:51 pm

The most interesting part is that the new bios vs the old bios should contain the tiny little code that Nvidia requires for SLI operation.

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