Monday, August 10, 2009

NVIDIA And Intel Agree On SLI Licensing Terms For Core I7 And Core I5 Platforms

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NVIDIA Corporation today announced that Intel Corporation, 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 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.

“NVIDIA 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. “NVIDIA and Intel share a combined passion for furthering the PC as the definitive platform for gaming, and this combination will surely be attractive to anyone building or purchasing a brand new PC this fall.”

As a result of today’s announcement, NVIDIA SLI technology is now available 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 NVIDIA PhysX technology for deeper gaming immersion, and stereoscopic 3D gaming with NVIDIA 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.”

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“The world is awaiting the arrival of P55 and Core i5, and the inclusion of SLI technology will make the platform complete,” said Klaus Ruether, senior product manager at ATELCO Computer Germany. “We are very excited to offer our customers this amazing platform, which we believe will hit a sweet spot of price, performance, and functionality.”

“Since NVIDIA introduced it back in 2004, SLI has become required equipment for any serious gaming platform” said Kelt Reeves, President of Falcon Northwest. “Clearly the combination of the Intel P55 chipset, Core i5 or i7 processor, and SLI will be the dominant recipe for any high-performance PC from this point forward.”

“Gamers are always looking for the best bang for the buck, and GIGABYTE P55-based motherboards with NVIDIA GPUs running in SLI mode will definitely deliver,” said Henry Kao, VP of Worldwide Service and Sales Marketing of GIGABYTE. “This will be a hot platform for sure.”

“By enabling NVIDIA SLI on Intel’s latest P55 chipset, NVIDIA allows us to bring added flexibility and cutting-edge graphics performance to MAINGEAR gamers,” said Wallace Santos, president of MAINGEAR PC. “We’re excited to offer this configuration to our customers.”

Source: NVIDIA Press Release

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