Lucid Chips on Graphics Cards?

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Lucid Chips on Graphics Cards?

Lucid On Graphics Cards?

We don't often post rumours here at OC3D because it would be all-too-easy to fill our pages with every tiny glimmer of something that might not come to pass, and we prefer to only report those things that we feel are either true, or the rumour is so widely discussed that it's not just vaporware.

Such a rumour that has been growing in speed and volume is that the excellent Lucid Hydra 200 chip we've seen on a range of motherboards recently might be making the leap from the motherboard to the graphics card.

This would make a huge amount of sense because you would no longer be restricted to buying a new, Lucid equipped, motherboard but could take advantage of the many benefits of the Lucid Hydra chip just by purchasing a new graphics card and slotting it into your current system.

For those who are unaware the Lucid Hydra chip allows you to use either SLI or Crossfire without a bridge between the two cards and, most importantly, use an ATI and nVidia card in the same system with little to no performance loss over using them partnered to their native GPUs.

We don't have anything firm, but with the sudden increase in chatter about the possibility, coupled to the likelyhood of the ATI 6 series of cards appearing around the end of 2010/early quarter one 2011,  it doesn't take a genius to see what the possible future is.

As soon as we have something 100% concrete we'll let you know, but for now it's something we'd definitely stick a bit of money on.

Does the thought of keeping your current motherboard and gaining the Lucid benefits excite you as much as it does us? If so discuss in our forums.

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22-09-2010, 15:14:02

tinytomlogan
We've heard a rumour that was so ground-breaking we had to share.

Continue ReadingQuote

22-09-2010, 15:32:29

alienware
The more it gets used the more it will be supported and the better it will be.

I have to say I love the idea of it actually working. But I don't love the idea of it being anything like quadfire

I really hope this works out well, could deffo be the future IMO.Quote

22-09-2010, 20:24:32

Clanteh
Well if the Lucid Hydra chip would work well then this would be amazing. From what I've seen though, an NVidia card paired up an ATI card gives VERY LITTLE improvement if not any at all. If they perfected the technology and for some miracle reason ATI (Now AMD) and NVidia would help work out this relationship, and the full extent of both cards would be used to combine the ultimate gaming PC, then it would be a great idea to include a lucid chip on every video card... But hey unless NVidia brings out something Stronger, faster and cheaper than the new 6000series, when the AMD 6000series come out you wont need any other cards. The HD 6870 will completely dominate anything else NVidia can throw out. Only reason to include one would be for PhysX thats it... Unless you need a heater in your room then you can use one =PQuote

22-09-2010, 21:04:57

Deshman
I follow Powercolor on Facebook and one of their testers was upping pictures of him running ATI + NVIDIA combined on a non-fusion/lucid motherboard. Supposedly a teaser Quote

22-09-2010, 21:10:33

AMDFTW
seems abit odd

a 460 next to a 5850,and then i guess the fastest scales to the slowestQuote

23-09-2010, 04:20:27

alienware
Quote:
Originally Posted by AMDFTW View Post

seems abit odd

a 460 next to a 5850,and then i guess the fastest scales to the slowest
They work together apparently. The primary card obs does the hard work, but it's split between them...

Quote:
Originally Posted by Article View Post
HYDRA Engine is a brand name for a multi-GPU solution developed by Lucid Logix. Similar to nVidia's SLI and ATI's Crossfire-technologies, Hydra allows linking several video cards together producing a single output and higher performance. Unlike SLI and CrossFire however, Hydra allows video cards from different chip manufactures to be linked together. Lucid claims it can do so with near to linear scaling of performance, i.e. two video cards equals twice the performance. The technology consists of both hardware on the motherboard and device drivers.

Currently there are two chips released under the Hydra Engine brand: Hydra 100 and Hydra 200. The basic concept behind the hardware is to intercept Microsoft DirectX or OpenGL sent to the video cards from the CPU and split these up to divide the calculation task fairly amongst the present GPUs.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hydra_Engine

See the bit in bold? Hmmmmmmmmmm.. *scratches chin*. I'll believe it when I see it...Quote

23-09-2010, 11:19:29

AMD_PBz
The team at Power Color have this option coming soon Powercolor Radeon HD 5770 Evolution

AX5770 1GBD5-DHC1

HDMI + DVI + Display Port

850MHZ 1GB 4.8GHZ GDDR5

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23-09-2010, 12:03:43

AMDFTW
whats evolutional about it thenQuote

23-09-2010, 12:24:59

tinytomlogan
Quote:
Originally Posted by AMDFTW View Post

whats evolutional about it then
ummmm what about the lucid chip poking out the bottom?Quote

23-09-2010, 12:55:25

SiN
I wonder if the Lucid chip gets hot enough that it would warrant a larger cooler on Powercolor's side. Powercolor has been using the same cooler for most of their 5770s.Quote

23-09-2010, 14:33:06

AMDFTW
Quote:
Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post

ummmm what about the lucid chip poking out the bottom?
looool how could i miss that,ahh yes it is a evolution then,bit odd how they have done it with a 5770Quote

23-09-2010, 14:45:54

AMD_PBz
I think the 5770 is a perfect card to test the technology with sway some green team to buy from the red.. er I mean the other Green team use 5770 for gaming with say 9800gt for physx for example.

At it's current price point They would most likely sell more 5770's than 5870's with the lucid chip.

Just my thought on the matter however others will likely feel I am out wandering in left field having a pint or two too many on this one Quote

23-09-2010, 17:48:31

SiN
Quote:
Originally Posted by AMD_PBz View Post

I think the 5770 is a perfect card to test the technology with sway some green team to buy from the red.. er I mean the other Green team use 5770 for gaming with say 9800gt for physx for example.

At it's current price point They would most likely sell more 5770's than 5870's with the lucid chip.

Just my thought on the matter however others will likely feel I am out wandering in left field having a pint or two too many on this one
The 5870 isn't priced to sell.Quote
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