The introduction of SLI (Scalable Link Interface) dual-PCI Express graphics card technology in 2004 brought significant improvement in graphics processing but also posed a big challenge for motherboard makers. What is the most convenient way for users to switch between single and dual graphics card configurations?
The ASUS A8N-SLI Premium motherboard incorporated AI (ASUS Intelligence) Selector, which adopted Pericom Semiconductor's PCI Express Switch IC (integrated circuit) instead of a selector card to provide convenient switching between SLI and non-SLI operation with just a few clicks on the mouse.
With the exclusive AI Selector, users of the A8N-SLI Premium, the enhanced version of the popular A8N-SLI Deluxe, no longer need to open the PC case and unplug and plug the selector card on the motherboard to change graphics card modes. The A8N-SLI Premium is the only motherboard on the market equipped with programmable switch IC to eliminate the hassle of opening the PC case.
AI Selector allows users to select different graphics modes:
1. Single video card mode
2. Dual video card (SLI) mode
-Two identical SLI-ready graphics cards funning on SLI mode
-Two graphics cards operating independently providing multiple display output
With AI Selector technology, users can easily switch between two PCI Express x8 SLI mode and one PCI Express x16 mode to optimize performance for specific applications and 3D games.
“The A8N-SLI Premium with AI Selector represents motherboard engineering at its best. It provides the most convenient platform for either one or two graphics engines,” said Joe Hsieh, Director of ASUS Motherboard Business. “We are pleased to announce the availability of this innovative solution for those who demand the very best in video performance.”
The A8N-SLI Premium is now available. For more information on the motherboard and other ASUS products, please visit the company homepage at http://www.asus.com .
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ASUS has released their new SLI board. I like how they implemented the SLI feature on this board, and hope that other companies follow suit as most SLI interfaces have been a pain in the ass to switch