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Old 08-25-2008, 02:34 AM   #1
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Default Lucid HYDRA Engine Multi-GPU Technology

Can either of the SLI and Crossfire technologies be defeated by a company we've never heard of before? Hard to say, but Rory's look into Lucid and their Hydra Engine can definitely give us some insight.

One of the more exciting third-party demonstrations we saw at Intel's 2008 Developer Forum was by a little-known company called Lucid, who promises highly-efficient multi-GPU performance scaling via their unique "Hydra Engine" technology. We take a look at Hydra Engine, and what it means for ATI's Crossfire and NVIDIA's SLI.


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It's one of those too good to be true things . Theoretically I don't know of a single reason it shouldn't work, but attempting to get everything to work smoothly with such good scaling would take a massive amount of work or some very smart/innovative software/hardware tricks.

Lucid needs to deliver on this or allow sites to bench test the technology before I will get excited over it. Because if this approach was so easy to implement, you can be sure either NVIDIA or ATI would have done so already...
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It's one of those too good to be true things . Theoretically I don't know of a single reason it shouldn't work, but attempting to get everything to work smoothly with such good scaling would take a massive amount of work or some very smart/innovative software/hardware tricks.

Lucid needs to deliver on this or allow sites to bench test the technology before I will get excited over it. Because if this approach was so easy to implement, you can be sure either NVIDIA or ATI would have done so already...
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I hope Nvidia or ATI er I mean AMD buy this company

Maybe even Intel so they could integrate it into a next gen on board graphics platform in co-op with NVidia or AMD lots of possibilities
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ATI/AMD can't afford to buy diddly right now. Their credit rating & asset-to-liabilities ratio are both poor so they couldn't even if they wanted to.

NVIDIA just got suckerpunched with a loss out of what was supposed to be a very profitable quarter for them, but they could still easily afford Lucid I'm quite sure. Going by the company's past behavior though, I don't see this happening.
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I would rather them stay themselves so that there is none of this you only use OUR GPU's on OUR motherboards.

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I would rather them stay themselves so that there is none of this you only use OUR GPU's on OUR motherboards.

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I tend to agree, since if it's a chipset, it could simply be either integrated onto the motherboard or a special graphics card. If NVIDIA picked it up, they might very-well limit the technology to their own cards, which is not going to make the consumer the true winner.

I think we'll learn a lot more about this technology in the months to come... I really hope it's able to deliver upon all of its promises.
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