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NVIDIA Brings SLI Graphics To Notebook PCs

Postby Apoptosis » Thu Mar 09, 2006 10:52 am

NVIDIA Corporation today launched SLI Notebook PC's for the first time ever and we show you some exclusive images of the inside of one of these new notebooks. With two GeForce Go 7800 GTX insides these SLI Notebooks can run extreme HD resolutions of up to 1920×1200 with ease. Just don't expect much battery life with these notebooks.

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Kudos to NVIDIA for taking an idea they talked about 2 years ago before SLI was even out in desktops and making it happen. NVIDIA claims that SLI Notebooks are available today from their launch partners, but we could not find one for purchase. It looks like this is a paper launch, but hopefully it will not be for long. We look forward to getting our hands on one of these notebooks and will be bringing you a full review in the near future.


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Postby kenc51 » Thu Mar 09, 2006 11:17 am

As you can see in the image above the NVIDIA SLI solution sits side by side and no bridge card is needed between the twoPCI Express graphics cards.


How is the bridge between the two cards made??? Do they use the PCIe bus????
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Postby Illuminati » Thu Mar 09, 2006 11:22 am

Bring on the fuel cell batteries.... well, wishful thinking anyway.
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Postby Apoptosis » Thu Mar 09, 2006 11:25 am

kenc51 wrote:How is the bridge between the two cards made??? Do they use the PCIe bus????


I'm waiting on a phone call back from nvidia and will update the article as soon as I confirm the method.
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Postby bigblockmatt » Thu Mar 09, 2006 12:18 pm

that is freaking AWESOME!!!
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Postby R3N3G4D3 » Thu Mar 09, 2006 7:26 pm

Nice, while some have trouble fitting 1 graphics card in a laptop, nvidia put 2 in. I'd prefer a unified implementation of replacable laptop graphics cards instead. I remember someone (might be Alienware) was working on it, but if every compnay has its own standard, then it's pointless. 2 GPUs must be a hog on battery life tho.
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Postby -mogwai » Fri Mar 10, 2006 12:31 am

bigblockmatt wrote:that is freaking AWESOME!!!


honestly. but imagine the cooling, thickness, noise, and weight of that laptop...
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Postby TheGeekMistress » Fri Mar 10, 2006 4:09 am

how in the hell are they going to stuff that into a notebook?!?!

maybe the SLI card would go in behind the LCD diplay, but that leaves such a big foot print left for the bottom half of the notbook... i just can't image stuffing ten pounds of **** into a five pound sack ...eerm notebook. lol

wonder if it's a fake pic. there's been fakes done before. remember the Vodoo 6000 with 4 gpu's on one card anyone?

anyways, i'd like to hear what nVidia has to say about this Apoptosis.

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Postby Apoptosis » Fri Mar 10, 2006 7:19 am

If it's a fake? No that picture is one that I took of a board that was in a notebook that I saw running. I've seen SLI in notebooks working since 2005, but all have been in 19" to 21" notebooks. The reference board pictured doesn't have MXM slots on it, but I believe the partner boards will. I called and e-mailed 5 people at nvidia yesterday to get more information on this and they didn't know the answers to my questions. I expect a paper launch for now, but these will come out and they are very real and not faked!
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Postby TheGeekMistress » Fri Mar 10, 2006 1:02 pm

oh w0w, not fake, c00l!

i wonder how fat that laptop will have to be? do you have a pic of it in a laptop? or do you know the dimensions?

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Postby Apoptosis » Mon Mar 13, 2006 9:48 pm

I finally got a response from NVIDIA on how SLI works in there notebooks.

I aksed:

Is there a bridge between the cards or is it done through the PCIe Bus?

NVIDIA's Response:

"For SLI, this notebooks are not MXM HE. They do use a "video bridge" per SLI requirements. This bridge is just comprised of the signals that are necessary. How they get between GPU's via connectors, to the motherboard and back on the gpu card is not specfied. In short, the Clevo systems have their own card, with connectors on them for the video bridge specifically."

In short, MXM modules are not standardized for SLI yet.
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Postby TheGeekMistress » Mon Mar 13, 2006 10:06 pm

do we konw how fat these notebooks will be?

like carrying around one of the old metal briefcases or what? lol

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Postby bigblockmatt » Tue Mar 14, 2006 12:19 am

TheGeekMistress wrote:do we konw how fat these notebooks will be?

like carrying around one of the old metal briefcases or what? lol

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Postby [AK]Zip » Tue Mar 14, 2006 5:49 am

TheGeekMistress wrote:wonder if it's a fake pic. there's been fakes done before. remember the Vodoo 6000 with 4 gpu's on one card anyone?


The Vodoo 5 6000 really does have 4 gpu's on it.... There are only a few undered made and only about half that actually work. You might want to do some google searching...

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Postby TheGeekMistress » Tue Mar 14, 2006 10:02 am

[AK]Zip wrote:
TheGeekMistress wrote:wonder if it's a fake pic. there's been fakes done before. remember the Vodoo 6000 with 4 gpu's on one card anyone?


The Vodoo 5 6000 really does have 4 gpu's on it.... There are only a few undered made and only about half that actually work. You might want to do some google searching...

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yah, i have pictures of the 4 gpu card, but they were faked pix was my point, not that the cards didn't exist. i saw one on ebay that autioned of for well over a grand.

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