Over at Taipei last week, we have heard about the SLI version of the 955X
chipset whispered quietly among the board manufacturers. Since only the Tier 1
manufacturers and ABIT have shown keen interests making the 955X boards, the
rest are working towards 945 boards which are definitely cheaper to produce.
Interestingly, we have learned from one manufacturer that they are already
working on the 945 SLI version slated for launch next month.

Intel 955X chipset allows up to 24 PCI Express lanes and the SLI configuration
on the 955X is probably 16x + 4x. In comparison, NVIDIA nForce 4 SLI Intel
Edition supports 20 PCI Express lanes but allows 8x + 8x which is certainly a
more ideal case. Intel has obviously taken keen interests in the SLI market
targeting at enthusiasts as evident from their own desktop board, D955XBK
available for sale in Akiba Japan last week that has two PCI-E x16 slots. We
have heard faintly that Intel is also developing a chip to be paired up with
955X Northbridge to allow more PCI Express lanes and provide a better SLI
configuration (16x + 16x).

However, it is too early to celebrate SLI version of 955X/945 boards since
NVIDIA will need to provide the relevant Forceware drivers that will allow their
cards to run in SLI mode. It is still not clear when NVIDIA will provide such
drivers to public since this move will inevitably hinder the sale of their C19
boards. Though we know such drivers have already landed in the hands of some
testers but it is unlikely these drivers will be available anytime soon.

Over at Taipei last week, we have heard about the SLI version of the 955X
chipset whispered quietly among the board manufacturers. Since only the Tier 1
manufacturers and ABIT have shown keen interests making the 955X boards, the
rest are working towards 945 boards which are definitely cheaper to produce.
Interestingly, we have learned from one manufacturer that they are already
working on the 945 SLI version slated for launch next month.

Intel 955X chipset allows up to 24 PCI Express lanes and the SLI configuration
on the 955X is probably 16x + 4x. In comparison, NVIDIA nForce 4 SLI Intel
Edition supports 20 PCI Express lanes but allows 8x + 8x which is certainly a
more ideal case. Intel has obviously taken keen interests in the SLI market
targeting at enthusiasts as evident from their own desktop board, D955XBK
available for sale in Akiba Japan last week that has two PCI-E x16 slots. We
have heard faintly that Intel is also developing a chip to be paired up with
955X Northbridge to allow more PCI Express lanes and provide a better SLI
configuration (16x + 16x).

However, it is too early to celebrate SLI version of 955X/945 boards since
NVIDIA will need to provide the relevant Forceware drivers that will allow their
cards to run in SLI mode. It is still not clear when NVIDIA will provide such
drivers to public since this move will inevitably hinder the sale of their C19
boards. Though we know such drivers have already landed in the hands of some
testers but it is unlikely these drivers will be available anytime soon.