There was a rumour towards the beginning of this month (Fool’s Day to be precise) that upcoming AMD motherboards would be SLI-compatible. The date being what it was, we weren’t sure whether to believe the rumour or not, but it was never revealed to be a prank and today, the inevitable has happened. NVIDIA has announced SLI support for upcoming AMD motherboards.
In a statement on the NVIDIA Blog, Tom Peterson, Director of Technical Marketing at NVIDIA has said the company has answered calls from fans with this move. He also added, “Long term gamers probably remember that for a long time AMD offered great high-end CPUs, but in recent years, AMD’s stature as the preferred gaming CPU fell by the wayside and Intel CPUs have been the gamers’ choice. For this reason, we’ve only licensed SLI for motherboards with Intel chipsets. However, we’ve been recently hearing chants of “SLI for AMD CPUs”, and figured that now is a great time to do it. After all, we want to make sure gamers can benefit from the new CPU competitive landscape and ensure they have NVIDIA SLI – the highest performance, most stable multi-GPU solution - to game on! According to Steam, 93% of all multi-GPU systems in use today use SLI”.
It was also announced that ASUS, Gigabyte, ASRock and MSI have already licensed SLI for use on AMD-based 990FX, 990X and 970 chipsets, so you’ll be able to use SLI on either Intel or AMD powered rigs now.