Gigabyte creates first dual-GPU graphics card

@ 2004/12/16
Chicago (IL) - Gigabyte will announce Friday the industry's first graphics card running two graphics processors on one board. According to sources, the SLI card will lift current 3DMark2003 record revels by a significant margin while being priced lower than ATI's and Nvidia's single-GPU high-end cards.

Comment from Xploited Titan @ 2004/12/18
Well, dual GPU setups cost less then two identical SLI cards. Besides, the SLI cards need to be identical, in fact, forcing you a bit to not wait too long before buying the other graphics card.

Economically, Dual GPU is thus better for all parties. Btw, for overclockers: less different cards and components, like on Dual GPUs mean more stable overclock...
Comment from Sidney @ 2004/12/18
SLI is to sell more graphic cards.

Dual GPU is to sell more GPU ...... since they can't make enough nowadays X800 and 6800 series for whatever reasons (not that they don't want your money) it becomes just a conversation piece.

Advantage of SLI
1) Create more mother boards sales for the "needy" despite twice the money.
2) Double the sales of graphic cards; hopefully.
3) Pushing game developer for more.
Disadvange of SLI
1) Small market but it can just be as small as water cooling used to be.
2) Motherboard makers stand a better chance to lose; not the graphic card makers.

Dual GPU
Advantage Dual GPU
1) No need for motherboard upgrade.
2) Make good use of "second graded GPU" - putting two R350 together might beat two cuts higher card, i.e. continue production from tooling already paid for.

Disadvange Dual GPU
1) Can't charge twice the money.

Can you think of any??
Comment from Xploited Titan @ 2004/12/17
Besides, they develop that kinda technology because they find SLI technology less productive then 2 GPU's on a card...
Comment from jmke @ 2004/12/17
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Originally posted by calantak
yes... but they only occupy one slot of an sli board...
what happens if you put two of these on one sli-board?
afaik there is no SLI connector which can connect two of these cards
Comment from Sidney @ 2004/12/17
Quad 4
Comment from calantak @ 2004/12/17
yes... but they only occupy one slot of an sli board...
what happens if you put two of these on one sli-board?
Comment from jmke @ 2004/12/17
they are already in SLI, read the 1st posto
Comment from calantak @ 2004/12/17
could you put two of these in sli?
that'd be quadcore-gpu-phun!
Comment from Xploited Titan @ 2004/12/17
Ati created the Rage Fury + some specialized cards with two or more GPUs, 3Dfx did it with their latest creation, XGI does it....

Well, not so uncommon after all
Comment from Sidney @ 2004/12/16
Correction:

Dual-GPU card by one of two big names.
Comment from jmke @ 2004/12/16
Quote:
Originally posted by lazyman
Gigabyte will announce Friday the industry's first graphics card running two graphics processors on one board
are you kidding me?

I'm pretty sure there are dual GPU cards out there now
http://www.xgitech.com/products/products_2.asp?P=1

 

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