Monster Stack: Inno3D NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GX2
Whether you like your GPU sandwiches red or green, multi-GPU technology is here to stay. Putting two GPUs on a single PCIe slot is all-so-tantalizing, so check out Inno3D’s rendition of the GeForce 9800 GX2 we have with us today.
Multithreading successfully went mainstream when AMD released it’s X2 line of processors for the desktop (and eventually moblie platforms). The industry as a whole is warming up to the use of multiple physical processors to teraflop their way past calculative obstacles. Parallel processing has been a mainstay of GPU systems for a long time, and the revival of multi-GPU processing in the GeForce 6 Series of NVIDIA graphics accelerators have prompted further developments of multi-GPU rendering.
Whether you prefer to stack greens or reds in your sandwiches, both the cabbage and tomato farmers have been busy working to make superior chomp-chump for enthusiast. After the considerably successful launch of the ATi HD3870 X2, our friends at NVIDIA have been busy trying to come up with a rendering monster that would have made even Hillel himself proud.
The NVIDIA 9800 GX2 is what I’d term a SLI Package involving some very nifty engineering workaround to tackle cumbersome politics within the computer hardware industry. Based on the G92 GPU, the GX2 design puts multi-GPU in any system with less pushy support, the same way the HD3870 X2 and NVIDIA GeForce 7950 GX2 did.
The G92 still rules the show.
"Politics" here refers to the perrenial rivalry between the camps of red, green and blue, which have resulted in certain graphics drivers refusing to provide multi-GPU support on specific motherboard chipset platforms. What these GPU "packages" do, is market multi-GPU rendering as a single Add-In-Card which pleases just about everybody. That in return, means working on just about every platform.
The sheer adrenaline rush.
When the guys at Innovision swing by with two huge black boxes, it got the journalists real curious. On to the pictures!