ATI redefines gaming with CrossFire

Following its announcement of a multi-GPU technology earlier this month, ATI has formally launched this new technology under the CrossFire brand name.

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By  Chris Fernando Published  May 31, 2005

Following its announcement of a multi-GPU technology earlier this month, ATI has formally launched this new technology under the CrossFire brand name. This technology is aimed at providing better image quality and game compatibility using multiple graphics processing units (GPU). Crossfire technology combines the power of ATI's Radeon Xpress chipset-based motherboards (for Intel and AMD processors), a standard Radeon graphics card and a Radeon CrossFire Edition graphics card. CrossFire technology automatically works with every game - new or old - without requiring special game profiles or driver updates and users can expect better graphics rendering, thereby improving their overall gaming experience. ATI will initially roll out two versions of its CrossFire Edition cards. The Radeon X850 CrossFire Edition cards will come with 256MB of graphics memory and these cards can be paired with any standard Radeon X850 based graphics card. The Radeon X800 CrossFire Edition graphics cards on the other hand, will come with either 128MB or 256MB of graphics memory, and can be paired with any Radeon X800 series graphics cards. Cards will be available from ATI and its graphics partners from mid-July. In June 2004, ATI’s main graphics rival nVidia announced a similar multi-GPU technology called ‘SLI’ (or Scalable Link Interface). This makes use of PCI Express x16 slots and a bridge chip between two graphics cards to provide better game rendering.

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