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The Power of 3 - Investigating the Trinity

By Kenny Yeo & Vijay Anand - 1 Nov 2009


A New Trinity

While it is undeniable that ATI's new Radeon 5000 series graphics cards are the current talk of the town, we are taking the time today to take a look at the other side of the fence. The "green" side, if you will.

Despite the animosity between NVIDIA and Intel surrounding their chipset business (think ION), the two are still very much partners in other aspects. Recently, NVIDIA demonstrated the willingness to reconcile differences by licensing their SLI technology for use on Intel's latest X58 and P55 chipsets. This eventually led to NVIDIA's current ongoing "Power of 3" campaign.

You might be scratching your heads and wondering what's this "Power of 3" campaign. Quite simply, it refers to the combination of Intel's P55 chipset, Lynnfield processors and NVIDIA's GPUs. SLI used to be exclusive to NVIDIA's nForce chipset, making multi-GPU configurations on an Intel motherboard impossible. But now that SLI is licensed for use on the new X58 and P55 chipsets, multi-GPU setups with NVIDIA graphics cards are now possible on Intel's newest boards. And with this, NVIDIA is positioning it as a better solution to a comparable all AMD platform.

This is what makes up the Power of Three.

Hence today, we are going to explore the potential the Power of 3 brings, and whether it is truly the better solution for users. If you are currently on the look out for a powerful mid to high-end gaming system, you'd definitely want to read on.


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