Lucid, a little-known fabless semiconductor designer, has just announced a new product that could render both NVIDIA’s SLI and ATI’s CrossFire technolgies obsolete. Despite the performance advantages gained using the existing multi-GPU setups, SLI and CrossFire each have drawbacks that prevent many enthusiasts from adopting either. Logic would lead most people to believe that using two video cards together would result in twice the performance. After all, last we checked 1+1=2. However, neither SLI nor CrossFire, despite recent strides, do not scale linearly. In fact, after a full two years of maturing, all NVIDIA and ATI have managed is a performance increase of 40-70% when adding a second card.
Intel’s next-generation processor has already been previewed to the point where there probably won’t be any surprises when it launches in October of this year (OK, maybe one; o ). Of course, the processor has been shown to be phenomenal. It’s Intel we’re talking about, after all. Intel, the company that just three short years ago was being so thoroughly trounced by AMD in the processor market that it was hard for anyone not on the inside to think they would ever be able to snap out of it. Intel, the company that for three years has not been able to do wrong. Yes, it’s the very same Intel we’re talking about. Nehalem is going to be amazing. Let’s put that to rest right now.