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We’ve obviously seen SLI on a stick several times before with the GeForce 7900 GX2 and GeForce 7950 GX2, but never before have we seen SLI on a single card using a pair of GeForce 8M-series chips. This is where MSI’s GeForce 8600 Geminium fits in – it’s based around a pair of GeForce 8600M GT MXM modules each with 256MB of memory.

The modules are upgradeable and you should have a reasonable amount of headroom for upgradeability thanks to the PCI-Express power connector on the card’s main PCB. However, we doubt that you’re going to be able to upgrade much beyond this current power envelope, because power requirements (and heat) will spiral out of control with anything more powerful.

We were actually quite surprised when MSI said that this isn’t just a concept design – it’s something the company is planning to bring to market in the near future. Of course, because of the way the card is laid out, you’re going to need at least one slot free either side of the card, and maybe more than that.


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Like, you can add as many as you want to a PCB?
 
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Like, you can add as many as you want to a PCB?
From what they show, I think it is only 2 cards on one as SLI but I am not totally sure as they said this isn't how it will exactly look..
    
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Wow.. so this is basically a mini add-on motherboard only for GPUs that connect to the main motherboard through a PCIe slot lol..

(edit) That second picture in the Now section looks like the GPU is in the back of the card, wonder if you can put 4 GPUs on a single PCIe board, 2 on each side.. hmm.
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Wow.. so this is basically a mini add-on motherboard only for GPUs that connect to the main motherboard through a PCIe slot lol..

(edit) That second picture in the Now section looks like the GPU is in the back of the card, wonder if you can put 4 GPUs on a single PCIe board, 2 on each side.. hmm.
Can you imagine, 4 GPU's on a single PCIe board and then another 4 on the next PCIe board?
    
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Can you imagine, 4 GPU's on a single PCIe board and then another 4 on the next PCIe board?
OCTO SLI FTW! That'd be a whopping 2GB of video memory!

All in all, I like this concept. Much better than individual cards, and if a GPU goes bad for whatever reason, you just replace the GPU board and not the entire card.
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Good luck getting driver support.
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Good luck getting driver support.
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something about swappable GPUs is kinda sexy...but driver support does seem to be a hurdle, not to mention power consumption and heat dissipation
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something about swappable GPUs is kinda sexy...but driver support does seem to be a hurdle, not to mention power consumption and heat dissipation
those look like mobile cards...they're made to put out a bit less heat than their desktop counterparts.
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