Vendor nVidia has teamed up with Dell to launch the world’s first PC incorporating four graphics cards running simultaneously.
Showcased at the recent CES 2006 show in Las Vegas last week, the Dell XPS 600 Renegade boasts four of nVidia’s flagship GeForce 7800 GTX GPUs with an nForce4 SLI X16 motherboard. Pitched at the high-end arena, nVidia is hoping to attract more system builders to create performance systems aimed at gaming and professional users.
Running simultaneously, the cards allow for high-definition (HD) resolutions of 2560x1600, fast frames rate, and image quality boosted by 32x anti-aliasing and 16x anisotropic filtering.
Dan Vivoli, executive vice-president of marketing at nVidia, claimed: “The ability to run today’s hottest titles in extreme HD resolutions is absolutely amazing.”
John Medica, senior vice president at Dell, added: “Our demonstration of the first Quad SLI PC with nVidia is a technology innovation that makes true HD gaming a reality.”
nVidia also announced a range of notebook graphics processing units (GPUs), the GeForce Go 7800, 7600 and 7400. The processors will appear in notebooks from LG, Asus, Acer, Gateway, Samsung, Toshiba and Sony.
The series boasts a new architecture that features the latest version nVidia’s HD PureVideo technology, which allows for high-definition DVD and games playback on notebooks. The shader performance has been doubled over existing notebook chips and there is support for DirectX 9.0 Shader Model 3.0. The inclusion of PowerMizer, the company claimed, will reduce power consumption and produce less heat, allowing integrators to use the chips in lighter notebooks.
“Over the last year, nVidia has led the market for high performance GPUs for enthusiast notebooks,” explained Jon Peddie, president of graphics analyst firm, Jon Peddie Research. “We are now seeing this
performance per watt efficiency driving GeForce Go 7 GPUs deeper into all segments of the notebook market, especially with the latest platforms from Intel and AMD.”
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