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Old 20th December, 2007, 08:33 AM
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Intel, AMD getting cozy over CrossFireX?

HKEPC are reporting (in Chinese) that AMD (more specifically, ATI) and Intel are cooperating when it comes to CrossFireX support; apparently the Intel P45 chipset will be approved for it. As HKEPC put it, this will result in a 'win-win' for both AMD and Intel; it means lots of mobos supporting CrossFireX (and thus graphics card sales for AMD), and a gaming platform running Intel chipsets that can also support dual graphics cards (nVidia seem to be more interested in pushing their own chipsets with SLI support than in licensing Intel to use SLI). Since Intel have no dedicated graphics cards of their own (nor indeed graphics chipsets capable of handling decent gaming), this gives both parties something to crow about.

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Old 20th December, 2007, 11:31 AM
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Wonder how long it would be before the Intel CrossFireX extends the ATI/AMD CrossFireX? Could Intel use this to push AMD further out of the chipset market (and hence processors) and further into the graphics market?
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Old 20th December, 2007, 06:46 PM
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I suspect that this is mostly a stop-gap for Intel. The fact is, the number of systems actually running either CrossFire or SLI is pretty small. While CrossFireX may increase this, twice really small is still really small.

No, I see this as a way for Intel to gain some 'street cred' with the gamer segment, while they work on their own graphics card solution, probably involving CPUs with on-board GPUs.
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AMD had to do this, otherwise they would pretty much cede the high end dual gpu markets for chipsets AND GPUs to Nvidia because they can't front a processor good enough to carry their own products.
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They run the risk of ceding low to midrange solutions to Intel's graphics too though.
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This seems to be a purely good development in my eyes. Put simply, people that are building in the next year or so shouldn't have such "difficulty" getting hold of a decent Crossfire Board (i know that OCUK have very little amount of XFire supporting boards, but an abundance of SLi boards). I never honestly thought i'd see the day when Intel and "Part of" AMD would work together. Bring it on!
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