ATI has definitely done a good job of promoting CrossFire at Computex. At the ATI suite in the Grand Hyatt CrossFire takes pride of place, with a machine built in a totally clear case â€“ ideal for showing off a dual graphics card solution. Of course the bright green water cooler helped add to the image, but then I wouldnâ€™t have expected to see anything less.
The pass-through cable at the rear does look a little messy, but I guess any PC looks a untidy round the back, with the unavoidable amount of cables involved anyway. At least itâ€™s a digital pass-through so you wonâ€™t end up with the image degradation â€œenjoyedâ€ by myself and a host of other early 3D gamers in the Voodoo and Voodoo 2 days.
But it wasnâ€™t just the ATI suite that was awash with CrossFire, you couldnâ€™t wander too far on the show floor without seeing a CrossFire setup on display. It seems that thereâ€™s a decent amount of industry support out there, and a significant amount of manufacturers producing motherboards based on the ATI chipset.
ECS Intel CrossFire
ECS AMD CrossFire
Of course ATI didnâ€™t have everything its own way. I also managed to get my paws on an nVidia GeForce 7800, and even took a couple of pictures of it. But since I was asked nicely not to post them until the launch later this month, Iâ€™m afraid Iâ€™m going to have to keep them to myself for now.