Quad SLI drivers 'at least two months away'

Written by Tim Smalley

June 7, 2006 | 07:11

Tags: #7950 #bios #drivers #geforce #gx2 #motherboard #quad #sli

Companies: #nvidia

We have recieved word that downloadable Quad SLI drivers from NVIDIA.com for the company's recently-launched GeForce 7950 GX2 video card are "at least two months away".

They may be even longer than that though, in reality.

This is a little longer than we were expecting it to take, but it seems that NVIDIA is keen to ensure that the drivers are 100% ready before letting the reins off Quad SLI in the channel.

NVIDIA's engineers are working closely with authorised system builders to ensure that they're using the correct motherboard BIOS revisions, and also reporting incompatibilities with existing products to ensure that there is widespread support for the dual-GPU GeForce 7950 GX2.

It took NVIDIA nearly four years to develop its SLI technology, and it is an ongoing development process. Quad SLI development is incredibly complex in comparison, as there is a massive amount of work to do on both hardware and software in order to get the technology working properly. NVIDIA is actively working with game developers to ensure that Quad SLI development is smoother, ultimately meaning that end users will get a better experience.

With Vista continually getting delayed, NVIDIA isn't compelled to launch its DirectX 10 product line for a while yet, meaning that a pair of GeForce 7950 GX2s running in Quad SLI will hold the performance crown for a few months.

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