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Microsoft Not Keen on Hybrid SLI & Crossfire

Andy Vandervell


Microsoft Not Keen on Hybrid SLI & Crossfire

Plenty of people seem to like the idea of Hybrid SLI and CrossFire, but Microsoft clearly isn't so keen; stating in its Guidelines for Graphics in Windows 7 document that it won't be natively supporting it in the new operating system.

This, in itself, isn't that surprising: why should Microsoft do nVidia's and ATI's work for them? However, the document goes one step further, stating that hybrid graphics "can be unstable and provide a poor user experience" and that it would discourage manufacturers from utilising the technology in its systems. It's the latter that will probably perturb the likes of nVidia, since it has invested a fair amount in this technology, especially surrounding its new integrated graphics chipset, 9400M - that found in the new MacBooks.

Ultimately, however, it seems unlikely that Microsoft can sway manufacturers to such a great extent. There appears, at least, to be some demand for Hybrid SLI and Crossfire, particularly in smaller and lighter notebooks, so whether the big boy in the playground approves or not is moot.

Do you want Hybird SLI and Crossfire in your notebooks? Let us know in the comments.


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November 7, 2008, 5:58 pm

I'd rather just have a single efficient chip in my notebook, cheaper and probably lower power too.

However, I'd love to have it in my desktop and would have done so had it been availible for S775.


November 7, 2008, 6:34 pm

does this apply to desktop multi card configurations?

Andy Vandervell

November 7, 2008, 6:47 pm

Yes. I was just referencing not notebooks since it's topical.

Alex 11

November 7, 2008, 9:47 pm

Is Microsoft against using the integrated graphics core with a dedicated graphics chip to obtain more performance(known as Geforce Boost by Nvidia and AMD/ATI's incarnation Hybrid CrossFireX) or switchable graphics,integrated for low power use and dedicated for more performance(known as Hybrid Power by Nvidia and PowerXpress by AMD/ATI)?


November 8, 2008, 1:26 am

It wont' mean that Hybrid SLI won't work on Windows 7. I think it's better for Microsoft to not touch this. Already Vista doens't have drivers tied to the kernel anymore, so that if one crash/switch/install/remove a reboot is not needed. As Win7 is the same core technology as Vista this won't change. Not having Microsoft be a player inside, I think it will offer nVidia and ATI more flexibility, rather than being forced to use a Window system which could affect gaming and multimedia performance.


November 8, 2008, 5:59 am

Well what people conviniently forget is how Nvidia card were partly instrumental in screwing up the curent generation of OSes and systems, thus its no surprise MS are not taking chances this time around with their new baby.

A aftermarket support would do just fine and MS will breathe easy knowing they arent dragging a dead limb into a new launch.

Of course since its MS folks will find ways to twist it into something negative and call them spoilsports.


November 11, 2008, 3:22 am

I'd love the extra oomph, but honestly another three hours of heavy-usage protability on my 15.4" laptop would not go amiss. Everyone is moving forwards except the battery folks - wsup with dat huh? Wsup with dat?

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