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[VR-Zone] Nvidia Produces Cheaper SLI Chipset For AMD

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Nvidia is planning to release the cheaper SLI capable chipset for AMD platform this month end. The NVIDIA nForce 740a SLI SPP includes 2×8 PCI Express 2.0 lanes (configurable as 1×16) and 2×1 PCI Express 1.0 lanes, 12 USB ports, six SATA ports, and single GigE.
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Hrm..An Nvidia chipset that doesn't offer two x16 lanes. As far as I see it, there's only one reason someone should consider an Nvidia board over Intel these days: SLi.
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Not even worth the 2 x 8 lanes. I would rather run one card on a 16 lane. Shows how much respect for AMD Nvidia has...
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Not even worth the 2 x 8 lanes. I would rather run one card on a 16 lane. Shows how much respect for AMD Nvidia has...
They're PCIe 2.0 lanes. They match 16x PCIe 1.0, but there's half the lanes, so it's cheaper to make.
     
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Originally Posted by Kramy View Post
They're PCIe 2.0 lanes. They match 16x PCIe 1.0, but there's half the lanes, so it's cheaper to make.
Well yeah but that still boils down to one x16 slot regardless if it's PCIe specification. The nightmare of an Nvidia board without the benfit of SLi?! If given this I would sell it at a loss and put it toward something that won't raise my blood pressure.
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i dont get it. pcie 2.0 but 8x? Isn't pcie 2.0 even more than 16x?
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I'm shooting from the hip here but the PCIe 2.0 spec offers twice the bandwidth of 1.1 doesn't it? So half the lanes but double bandwidth/lane and I guess you're back at dual x16?
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Not even worth the 2 x 8 lanes. I would rather run one card on a 16 lane. Shows how much respect for AMD Nvidia has...
I think this chipset is targeted at a budget sli market. If thats the case then this will be like the 650i which performed very close to the 680i at low resolutions. If you are gaming at 1024x768 or 1280x1024 one of these boards with a pair of mid range cards will probably work great. At higher resolutions you would notice a larger drop in fps over the x16x16 780a boards.
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I'm shooting from the hip here but the PCIe 2.0 spec offers twice the bandwidth of 1.1 doesn't it? So half the lanes but double bandwidth/lane and I guess you're back at dual x16?
Correct. It's a way of cutting costs without weakening anything.
     
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Originally Posted by Kramy View Post
They're PCIe 2.0 lanes. They match 16x PCIe 1.0, but there's half the lanes, so it's cheaper to make.
Cheaper... runs cooler and uses less power as well.


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i dont get it. pcie 2.0 but 8x? Isn't pcie 2.0 even more than 16x?
x8 PCIe 2.0 Bandwidth = x16 PCIe 1.x Bandwidth
x16 PCIe 2.0 Bandwidth = x32 PCIe 1.x Bandwidth
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