Did you recently decided to make yourself a High-end Gaming Rig and ended-up in confusion of what to get. Whether to choose that new 1GHz AMD ATi Radeon HD or one of those of Nvidia CUDA/SLI powered GTX quad cores?
Well, here is the solution- Get best of both worlds.
Asus’s upcoming AMD-based CrossHair IV Extreme motherboard would satisfy senses. CrossHair IV is the first motherboard to feature Lucid Hydra on Both Intel and AMD platforms and lets users mix and match their graphics cards from either Nvidia or ATI and shoot up the performance.
ATI’s CrossFire and Nvidia’s SLI, do respective multi-GPU systems to boost their graphics-processing power. The current generation of CrossFire, can handle up to four GPUs at once, mixing and matching both single-GPU cards like Radeon HD 4890 and double-GPU cards like the Radeon HD 4870 X2. On the other hand, SLI can support up to three compatible cards at once, or four GPUs with two dual-GPU cards like the GeForce 7950 GX2 or GTX 295.
Crossfire vs. SLI is always an un-solvable argument, no one has ever won the argument.
Lucids Hydra chip will try to solve this debate by supporting different combination of both Radeon and GeForce cards. Last year’s test system used a Radeon HD 4890 and a GeForce 260GTX card working together pretty nicely, the cards consistently performed better than either single card, and often slightly better than one of the dedicated dual-card setups.
MSI launched the first Lucid Hydra motherboard (called Big bang) for Intel chips in January and Asus now brings Lucid Hydra to both platforms with CrossHair IV things would start to look better.