GA-K8NSP-SLI: Dual GPU support from Gigabyte
At "GIGABYTE EXPO 2004" in Japan GIGABYTE Technology introduced a number of its new products. GA-K8NSP-SLI of Triton series caught the most attention being based on NVIDIA´s nForce 4 SLI chipset.
Speaking of features comparing to ASUS A8N-SLI Deluxe, the novelty utilizes nForce 4 SLI at 100%, but generally repeats the functionality. GA-K8NSP-SLI supports IEEE 802.11g as well as DualBIOS, Dual Power System (D.P.S.) technologies. I wonder how their marketing specialists will promote SLI in the ads. If the strategy is not correct, this feature will be lost among other "Dual" innovations.
The testbed, showcasing the power of dual solutions, featured two GV-NX66T128D graphics cards based on GeForce 6600GT coupled with a rigid bridge.
Obviously, GIGABYTE´s SLI bridge won´t fit into an ASUS board and vice versa. As you can see, there´s only one PCI-E x1 slot that fits between neighbouring PCI Express slots which means graphics cards are located closer to each other now requiring shorter bridge.
On the same photo you can see PCI-E switch socket that manages 16 channels between PCI Express Slot 0 and Slot 1. The switch is operated by manual 180° rotation (ASUSTeK calls its switch EZ Selector).
The expo brought other company´s products on NVIDIA´s 4th generation of chipsets: GA-K8NSP-9 (nForce 4 Ultra) and GA-K8NF-9 (nForce 4) boards will go on sale late in November or early in December.
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