Nvidia ready to roll 'tri SLI'
When Nvidia launched its nForce 680i SLI chipset in October 2006, some boards based on the part were seen to sport three PCI Express x16 graphics card slots. A year on, it now seems that Nvidia may at least be ready to release three-way SLI on the world.
A confidential Nvidia presentation slide posted last week by Chinese-language website Expreview describes three-way SLI as "the new ultimate gaming platform". The cards linked by a special connector that straddles all three boards, allowing only one video cable to be used, to hook up the rig to a monitor.
The slide says that Nvidia's top-of-the-line GeForce 8800 Ultra and 8800 GTX graphics cards will be the first to support the technology, which will indeed be hosted by nForce 680i motherboards.
Nvidia already offers a four-card version of SLI, Quad SLI, which essentially takes two SLI card pairs and... well... pairs them up, a process that requires two separate SLI connectors. The three-way version appears to use a single connector, and operates with GeForce 8-series GPUs rather than the 7-series boards Quad SLI launched with.
TRI SLI, anyone?