Hybrid SLI delayed

NVidia's new low power, performance boosting tech delayed with no reason given

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By  Jason Saundalkar Published  March 25, 2008

A number of motherboard partners have confirmed to Windows Middle East that nVidia’s new Hybrid SLI technology has been delayed however no reason has been given for the delay.

Hybrid SLI is a feature that is, thus far, offered by nVidia’s nForce 720a and 730a core-logic chipsets and was originally scheduled for launch in March. nVidia claims the technology improves graphics performance and provides effective power management.

The feature works by using two different technologies: ‘Hybrid Power’ and ‘GeForce Boost’. The latter allows for a single discrete graphics card to be combined with the integrated graphics chipset on a compatible nVidia-chipset based motherboard. Hybrid Power on the other hand throttles (regulates the speed) the discrete graphics adapter in real time, so that both the graphics card and integrated chipset can work together seamlessly.

Presently, Hybrid SLI is supported by the GeForce 8500 GT and 8400 GS graphics processing units (GPUs). Both of these GPUs support DirectX 10 rendering and are designed for the entry-level performance segment of the market. Cards featuring these GPUs are already on sale around the world.

nVidia has informed its partners that samples of the technology will become available in the second half of April and motherboard vendors reckon retail units will be on store shelves in the month of May.

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