NVIDIA extends SLI technology to the notebook segment
By Mike Hanlon
March 11, 2006
March 12, 2006 NVIDIA has finally extended its acclaimed NVIDIA SLI technology to notebook PCs for the first time. Delivering new levels of visual realism at extremely high-definition resolutions, SLI technology enables two NVIDIA GeForce Go 7800 GTX graphics processing units (GPUs) to be used in notebooks based on the NVIDIA nForce 4 SLI core-logic solution.
The GeForce Go 7800 GTX was the first top-of-the-line notebook GPU to deliver performance on par with desktop PCs, and provide the gamer with enthusiast-class performance on the road.
"Desktop PCs featuring SLI technology still had the performance edge. They needed that edge because of the higher resolutions desktop monitors," said Jeff Fisher, senior vice president of the GPU business unit at NVIDIA. "Now gaming notebooks with extreme HD resolutions of up to 1920 x 1200 are here, requiring more processing power so gamers can still turn up their 3D quality settings. SLI technology delivers that power -- creating high-performance notebooks for gamers on the go."
In addition to running their games at extremely high resolutions, consumers equipped with a notebook incorporating SLI technology can:
- Access advanced 3D settings to enable a realistic, immersive gaming experience at extreme resolutions
Experience high-definition home-theater quality video with NVIDIA PureVideo technology
Enjoy games with stunning, complex effects via full Microsoft DirectX 9.0 Shader Model 3.0 support
Experience immersive, ultra-realistic lighting effects via true high dynamic-range rendering (HDR) support
NVIDIA SLI technology is a patent-pending hardware and software solution that enables the use of two NVIDIA GeForce GPUs in SLI-certified notebooks featuring NVIDIA nForce4 SLI. The technology features an intelligent communication protocol embedded in the GPU and a high-speed digital interface on the graphics board to facilitate data flow. A complete suite of NVIDIA software provides dynamic load balancing, and advanced rendering and compositing to provide smooth frame rates and outstanding image quality.