NVIDIA has finally decided to make an official statement of what first though to be speculations spread on the vast planes of Internet. In its corporate blog, Tom Peterson, Director of Technical Marketing at NVIDIA has published the following message:
With new DX11 games coming out, lots of you guys (and gals) are building new gaming rigs and trying to decide what CPU to use. When you’re deciding what to build, finding the best CPU price performance ratio is key. After all, PC hardware doesn’t grow on trees!
Long term gamers probably remember that for a long time AMD offered great high-end CPUs, but in recent years, AMD’s stature as the preferred gaming CPU fell by the wayside and Intel CPUs have been the gamers’ choice. For this reason, we’ve only licensed SLI for motherboards with Intel chipsets. However, we’ve been recently hearing chants of “SLI for AMD CPUs”, and figured that now is a great time to do it. After all, we want to make sure gamers can benefit from the new CPU competitive landscape and ensure they have NVIDIA SLI – the highest performance, most stable multi-GPU solution — to game on! According to Steam, 93% of all multi-GPU systems in use today use SLI.
So today, we are pleased to announce that SLI has been licensed to the world’s leading motherboard companies for integration onto their upcoming motherboards featuring AMD’s 990FX, 990X and 970 chipsets. ASUS, Gigabyte, ASRock, and MSI are among the first motherboard manufacturers to offer this new capability, with more coming on board shortly.
We hope you enjoy GeForce GTX gaming in SLI on motherboards featuring either Intel or AMD CPUs.
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Therefore, Asus, Gigabyte, ASRock, MSI and other leading motherboard manufacturers will have an opportunity to design and sell Socket AM3+ mainboards that will support traditional Crossfire as well as SLI technology. AMD 990FX, 990X and 970 chipset based motherboards are dedicated to be used with AMD’s newest Bulldozer processors.