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[TPU] NVIDIA's Atom Chipset Supports SLI

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Picture this: a nettop/netbook/ULPC chipset that supports a gamer-grade feature such as NVIDIA SLI. Well, that's about become a reality with a certain variant of the MCP7A chipset NVIDIA is preparing for the Intel Atom processor. VR-Zone has learned that the chipset would offer all features essential to platforms it caters to, plus offering integrated GeForce graphics and supporting external graphics, including support for 2-way NVIDIA SLI. The root complex would connect to two discrete graphics devices with 8 PCI-Express lanes each.

The 'essential' features this chipset brings to the table include support for PC2-6400 memory standard (up to four DIMM slots), six SATA II channels, twelve USB 2.0 ports, Gigabit Ethernet and IEEE 1394 and HD Audio. There is yet another chipset in the pipeline, the MCP79 for pico-ATX and SFF platforms, which supports a single DDR3 memory channel, integrated GeForce graphics with DVI-D and HDMI support.
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... Why?
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Bragging rights.
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Because the atom won't bottleneck insanely

/sarcasm

Atom is all about portability and power efficiency. SLI...is the opposite of that
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... Why?
Silly head! It's because...

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I don't know... let's see how powerful the Atom will get. It's obviously not great enough yet but very low power consumtion CPU's of decent calibre could be a vision of the near future. This line of technology should be explored to it's fullest. I do have to point out people's willingness to judge the meaning of the article incorrectly. It simply states the capabilities and possible lines of expansion. Though must not judge
    
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Sli on the Atom is completely pointless
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I don't know... let's see how powerful the Atom will get. It's obviously not great enough yet but very low power consumtion CPU's of decent calibre could be a vision of the near future. This line of technology should be explored to it's fullest. I do have to point out people's willingness to judge the meaning of the article incorrectly. It simply states the capabilities and possible lines of expansion. Though must not judge
Now OCN is complete, Jesus Christ has returned!

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this is kind of hypocritical, I'm failing to see the point.
I like having the option, but why?!
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Because the atom won't bottleneck insanely

/sarcasm

Atom is all about portability and power efficiency. SLI...is the opposite of that
Come to think of it, current 6-cell powered netbooks are topping out at at least 6 hours of battery life. I could see some light gaming being done on a dual core Atom netbook with SLI, and less of a RAM restriction

This could be interesting.
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SLI is going to be slower than a single card on the Atom. Consider that the GeForce 9400M is actually held back by the Atom. Now picture two more powerful cards. The little thing will be overwhelmed just feeding them, it'll be a slideshow.

Reality check for anyone who thinks they'll be doing 'light gaming' on the Atom, or putting cards in SLI on it.
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