Gamers who rued the lack of SLI technology on some platforms can now heave a sigh of relief, as Nvidia has announced its compatibility for next-gen motherboards designed for the Intel Core i7 and i5 processors – thus being compatible with all platforms now.
Nvidia Corporation announced that Intel and the world’s other leading motherboard manufacturers – including ASUS, EVGA, Gigabyte and MSI – have all licensed Nvidia SLI technology for inclusion on their Intel P55 Express Chipset-based motherboards, which are designed for the upcoming Intel Core i7 and i5 processor in the LGA1156 socket.
As a result, customers who purchase a validated P55-based motherboard and Core i7 or Core i5 processor (when available) can equip their PCs with any combination of Nvidia GeForce GPUs, including Quad SLI, for the ultimate visual computing experience.
“SLI technology is a perfect complement to the processing prowess of our new Core i7 and Intel DP55KG desktop board,” said Clem Russo, VP and General Manager of Intel Client Board Division at Intel Corporation.
The announcement marks Nvidia SLI technology's availability for all consumer PC platforms, including the Intel Core i7, Core i5, Core 2 Quad and Core 2 Duo processors, as well as those based on the AMD Phenom II CPU. In addition to raw graphics performance, NVIDIA GeForce GPUs also provide gamers with additional capabilities not found on any other discrete graphics solutions, including PhysX technology for deeper gaming immersion, and stereoscopic 3D gaming with 3D Vision technology.
“Only the best-designed motherboards are capable of tapping into and reaping maximum benefits from the powerful synergy between SLI technology and the P55 platform,” said Joe Hsieh, General Manager of ASUS’ Motherboard Business Unit. “ASUS has honed the art and science of motherboard design with the ASUS P7P55 Deluxe and ROG Maximus III Series motherboards, which deliver unparalleled performance and stability.”