In the continuous battle for supremacy between NVIDIA and ATI, it's quite clear that in recent times ATI have been needing to produce what you'd think be some form of magic if they're to become a real threat for the NV giants once again. When NVIDIA's SLI technology took off, then following that, the release of their much praised GeForce7 series of GPUs, it had left ATI with a LOT of catching up to do for their fair share of market dominance.
It's been nothing but a somewhat painful waiting game for many us over the past several months, as we stood by in anticipation of ATI's answers to SLI (CrossFire), and their latest generation of graphics cards to support the new dual-vga card platform.
Finally all the waiting's coming to an end, and with the curtains lifted hardware sites around the globe will answer all of our questions (and then some) in relation to whether or not the wait has indeed been worth it. After all, this is ATI's only hope at getting right back in contention for a large chunk of the action in the market, or at least for quite a while to come.
Although Crossfire was unveiled/previewed some months back now, today marks the official launch of the new platform, just slightly ahead of ATI's new R520 GPU family which we expect to see launched within the next week or so. For all the coverage on what is hoped to be a powerful and worthy alternative to NV's SLI arrangement, check out articles via the various links below (and dont forget to check back for updated linkies also! ):-
Some four months after first announcing its CrossFire technology, ATI is finally ready to bring multi-GPU Radeon rendering to the masses. Enthusiasts have been anxiously awaiting CrossFire arrival, in part because the particulars of the Radeon X800 series have forced ATI to take a somewhat novel approach to GPU teaming, employing "master" cards and an external compositing engine to weave the output of two graphics cards together for a single display. We've also been eager to see how CrossFire will stack up against NVIDIA's SLI technology, which the green team has diligently refined for nearly a year.
CrossFire is more than just a GPU teaming technology, though. ATI has also developed CrossFire Edition chipsets and motherboards to go along with its new graphics cards. Join us as we explore the performance, features, and limitations of ATI's CrossFire solution.
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