LucidLogix Hydra destined to go the way of its ancient ancestor?

01 LucidLogix Hydra destined to go the way of its ancient ancestor?

LucidLogix made a technological breakthrough when introducing its first generation multi-GPU accomodating Hydra Engine to the world around 2 years ago now, which at the time by concept alone had people shouting out "Bravo!" thanks to the ability to mix up brands and models of graphics cards between the two major players, AMD and NVIDIA.

The issue is, Hydra's performance with a mixed config has never been astonishing in line of what can be harnessed in using a pair of duplicate cards in CrossFire or SLi. It is for this reason that most avid gamers and enthusiasts don't go down this road.

LucidLogix made a technological breakthrough when introducing its first generation multi-GPU accomodating Hydra Engine to the world around 2 years ago now, which at the time by concept alone had people shouting out "Bravo!" thanks to the ability to mix up brands and models of graphics cards between the two major players, AMD and NVIDIA.

01 LucidLogix Hydra destined to go the way of its ancient ancestor?

The issue is, Hydra's performance with a mixed config has never been astonishing in line of what can be harnessed when using a pair of duplicate cards in CrossFire or SLI. It is for this reason that most avid gamers and enthusiasts don't go down this road.

In turn, it is becoming clear to motherboard manufacturers that the cost in adding Hydra to select motherboards isn't as appealing as it once was when the idea had everying sharing 'wow' and 'cool' comments together after its inception in the enthusiast motherboard segment. The folks over at Overclockers Ukraine have indicated that Hydra could well be on its way to nothing more than ancient history, not unlike its its greek mythological multi-headed ancestor.

While Lucid as a company are well and truly thriving thanks to their well evolved technologies including Lucid Virtu and XLR8, apparently as far as their hardware-based Hydra Engine technologies go, they're looking square on at stamping them with a big "Obsolete" sign, especially since several motherboard manufacturers are providing both AMD and Intel chipset boards these days that give support for both SLI and Crossfire.

The signs of Hydra's demise are particularly intensified after an MSI rep recently told OCUA that the company (who tended to always be the first and most likely partner to opt for Hydra SoCs on select boards in the past) no longer has any products on the horizon, nor planned in the future that will use Hydra.

Source: http://www.overclockers.ua/news/hardware/2012-01-21/108678/

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