Windows 7 Forums
Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.


Windows 7: SLI/CrossfireX motherboards

08 Feb 2011   #11
Ginmardo

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bobkn View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ginmardo View Post
Hey guys,

I noticed that the most SLI-ready motherboards are only intel CPU compatible.
Are there any AMD SLI motherboards out there or can I just set up SLI on a AMD CrossfireX-ready motherboard?

I really haven't seen any motherboards with both "AMD" and "SLI" in the same sentence.
nVidia requires a license to sell a motherboard that supports SLI. Some of the early boards based on the X58 chipset (Socket 1366) were sold without SLI licenses. I'm not sure that any vendor are now selling X58 boards without SLI. There are also Socket 1156 and 155 boards that support SLI. I believe they all support CrossfireX as well. (AMD/ATI requires no license.)

nVidia made boards for AMD CPUs that supported SLI. I suppose that they would do CrossfireX as well, unless nVidia blocked it in their motherboard drivers. I don't know whether nVidia has sold any SLI licenses for boards with AMD-made chipsets, or whether there are any actual hardware incompatibilities.

It's a funny market. Intel has blocked nVidia from making chipsets for Sockets 1366, 1156, and 1155. (nVidia was big in Socket 775.) nVidia may have been the largest maker of chipsets for AMD CPUs, before AMD bought ATI. AMD doesn't prevent using nVidia graphics cards with their motherboards, but I don't know about SLI.

If you want some additional entertaiment, web search on the Lucid Hydra chip. (Permits pairing graphics of different manufacture.)

"AMD doesn't prevent using nVidia graphics cards with their motherboards, but I don't know about SLI."
So I can have a CrossfireX motherboard and equip them with dual nVidia GPU cards?

As far as I know, one has to take into consideration the motherboards' chipset. If these are nVidia chipset, only nVidia GPU's can be mounted on the motherboard no matter the CPU type. Or if the mobo chipset is from AMD, you can only run AMD/ATI GPU's on it.

Any thoughts?


My System SpecsSystem Spec
.
08 Feb 2011   #12
bobkn

Windows 7 Pro X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ginmardo View Post
As far as I know, one has to take into consideration the motherboards' chipset. If these are nVidia chipset, only nVidia GPU's can be mounted on the motherboard no matter the CPU type. Or if the mobo chipset is from AMD, you can only run AMD/ATI GPU's on it.

Any thoughts?
I think that's not true. It may even invite antitrust action.

Any board will run a single graphics card from the competition. SLI or CrossfireX is another matter.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
09 Feb 2011   #13
skunksmash

SEVEN x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bobkn View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ginmardo View Post
As far as I know, one has to take into consideration the motherboards' chipset. If these are nVidia chipset, only nVidia GPU's can be mounted on the motherboard no matter the CPU type. Or if the mobo chipset is from AMD, you can only run AMD/ATI GPU's on it.

Any thoughts?
I think that's not true. It may even invite antitrust action.

Any board will run a single graphics card from the competition. SLI or CrossfireX is another matter.
correct!!..... a Nvidia based chipset can run a single ATI GFX card without issue


there are boards out there now in abundance which will run SLI / CFX (x58 chipsets), the new ''Hydra'' chipset will hopefully run mixed cards in parallel..
My System SpecsSystem Spec
.

Reply

 SLI/CrossfireX motherboards




Thread Tools




Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
Z97 Motherboards
Being a Intel noob I would like opinions on these these 2 boards. CPU is the new Devils Canyon i7 4790K and it well be underwater. ASUS Z97-DELUXE ASUS Sabertooth Z97 Mark I
PC Custom Builds and Overclocking
ULPS (Ultra Low Power State) - Disable for AMD CrossfireX
How to Disable ULPS (Ultra Low Power State) for Graphics Cards in AMD CrossfireX ULPS stands for Ultra Low Power State for GPU's or graphic card adapters. You may want to disable ULPS if you have an AMD CrossfireX configuration because the 2nd GPU installed will load 99% and causes...
Tutorials
Unable to find crossfirex after win7 update
I had installed a fresh windows 7 on my machine and did all the updates. But i had noticed that my video cards were not working together any more, so i went to the ATI CCC to find crossfireX to inable it, only to find that it was no longer on the list of opitions. I have went to the task tray and...
Graphic Cards
CrossFireX with different cards
I'm new to multi-GPU but would love to get into it. I currently have a PowerColor Radeon HD 4890. Would it be possible to CrossFire this with a Radeon HD 4870 x2, getting three GPUs of power and a grand total of 3GB of GDDR5 graphics memory? I know my PSU can take it as it is an 800 watt gaming...
Graphic Cards
ATI hybrid crossfireX
I'm thinking about getting a new board. Found one pretty decently price, it has onboard graphics. Video Chipset ATi Radeon HD4200 Graphics Chipset ATi Multi-GPU Support Hybrid CrossFireX ...
Music, Pictures & Video
PC-AM3RS790G - PURE CrossFireX 790GX AM3 + AM2??
Hi, im waiting for a decent motherboard that supports DDR2/DDR3 to be released, so I can use my current Phenom II 940/DDR2 1066 setup on it until I upgrade to an Phenom II AM3/DDR3 Memory to use on same board. As it makes sense to me for future proofing, the only boards I have seen that do this so...
Hardware & Devices


Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 15:11.
Twitter Facebook Google+ Seven Forums iOS App Seven Forums Android App