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  07 July 2004
Thumbs up nVidia 8x smp nForce4 is coming!

wooo, sounds *really* good



Quote: More details revealed about Nforce 4

32 PCIE lanes, SP-10 - SoundStorm 2, up to eight way MP


By Fuad Abazovic: Wednesday 07 July 2004, 07:41


OUR CROATIAN FRIEND Theo Valich decided to share some information with us regarding Nforce 4 chipset, the one we mentioned last week. The chipset will be Socket 754/939 and 940 capable and will have multiprocessing capabilities. You will be able to use it as a single CPU platform. And you will also be able to use it as a two way, four way and up to a maximum of eight way as a multiprocessing platform.

This chipset will support a maximum of 32 PCI-E lanes says Theo, has suggested 1x16 X PCI-E slot, one 1 x 8X for SLI card and four times one lane for peripheral devices. This definitely confirms our previous claim that Nforce 4 will be a platform which will let you plug two Geforce 6 series PCI-E cards into a machine and end up with a much cheaper MP machine than those based on Intel's "Tumwater" chipset.

The chipset will support five PCI slots, two times Nvidia Gbit Ethernet and Nvidia RAID, similar in function to Intel's "Matrix Array", says Theo.

The Nforce 4, CK8-04 will support eight S-ATA drives and six P-ATA drives and for additional connectivity you will have no less then 10 USB 2.0 ports.

As for sound freaks, this chipset will feature SP-10, Soundstorm 2 audio that will be Dolby Digital 5.1 compliant and it will be able to do EX effects at 20 GFlops processing power. Soundstorm 2 supports 5.1, 6.1 and 7.1 speaker configurations.

It sounds good doesn't it? But it will arrive towards the very end of this year.



source: http://www.theinquirer.net/?article=17058

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  07 July 2004
whats the price on that mofo mobo? fill that thing up, and you got yourself one powerful system.

sidenote : so you got multi processors and mutli video cards, do you think you could get two copies of UT2004 playing on the same system, at the same time, against each other? one person using a controller and the other with a keyboard and mouse?

just thinking....
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  07 July 2004
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Quote: sidenote : so you got multi processors and mutli video cards, do you think you could get two copies of UT2004 playing on the same system, at the same time, against each other? one person using a controller and the other with a keyboard and mouse?

No. In SLI configs one card is drawing the top half of the frame the other card the lower half. The GPUs then are load balanced to optimize for total speed.

I'm am suprised about SLI configs not needing two x16 PCIe slots. That's a good thing because boards only have a finite amount of bandwidth.

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  07 July 2004
Originally Posted by hmurchison: I'm am suprised about SLI configs not needing two x16 PCIe slots. That's a good thing because boards only have a finite amount of bandwidth.

A lot of the processing happens between cards across a special connector, rather than over the system bus. Good writeup on PCIe on www.arstechnica.com and a bit on SLI too. Interesting reading (if you're a geek-come-artist like me )
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  07 July 2004
Originally Posted by kole: sidenote : so you got multi processors and mutli video cards, do you think you could get two copies of UT2004 playing on the same system, at the same time, against each other? one person using a controller and the other with a keyboard and mouse?

If they weren't in an SLI configuration - I guess it'd be no different than now with a Dual Head card, except the grunt would be there to do it. Don't think you can run two UT's anyway, can you? And they wouldn't see each other either.

Nice idea though
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