Intel Dropping Nvidia?

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Intel Dropping Nvidia?
In a rather disturbing turn of events, it seems that Intel might not allow Nvidia to develop and manufacture chipsets for the upcoming Nehalem CPUs.  This is a clear case of Intel trying to play dirty to get what it wants, as this cutoff would occur despite the fact that Nvidia already has a license.  It is likely that Intel is hoping to bully Nvidia into licensing SLI technology to them, something Nvidia has so far been unwilling to do.  This will be a huge hit for Nvidia, as this effectively destroys at least half of Nvidia's chipset market, maybe even more considering the current superiority of Intel's platforms over those of AMD.
The struggle between Intel and Nvidia has been going on for quite some time now, what with Nvidia's refusal to license SLI and now Intel's move towards graphics with their upcoming Larrabee chips.  In the past few months, they have been taking potshots at each other in the form of press statements about the future importance of CPUs and GPUs.  Clearly Intel feels like it's time to take the struggle to a new level.  Maybe Intel even sees this as another way to set the stage for their Larrabee GPUs.
You have to wonder how smart a move this really was.  This can only help Intel's more direct competitor, AMD.  AMD already gains some revenue from the licensing of their Crossfire technology to Intel.  Now, though, those wanting a multi-GPU solution on the Nehalem platform will have to go with AMD's ATI cards and those who want SLI will have to go with an AMD platform.  This could give AMD the jump it needs to get back into the game.  Who knows; maybe this could even drive Nvidia to seek some sort of partnership with AMD.
Do you think this is a smart move by Intel?
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04-06-2008, 17:40:19

Hey guys. I lag really badly in games, like more than I know I should. I'm not a total noob with PCs, I built several of my own, but I'm not an expert either when it comes to buying things under a budget.
I get around 25FPS average in crysis, on HIGH.. with 8800GT as my graphics card.. my friend has the same card, RAM, and mobo, and he gets around 50. So i'm guessing it's my processor. Also we had both installed XP Pro x86 on the same day to test out our new 8800GT's.
Here are my specs:
Windows XP Professional Edition 32-bit (Just reinstalled about a week ago)
AMD 64 x2 4400+ 2.2GHz
2GB DDR2 PC6400 Dual channel US Modular RAM [I was told the brand was good, and it's actually okay.]
MSI K9N4 SLI Motherboard
Yellow = I'm a bit worried
Red= I'm pretty sure this is bottlenecking me.

Please help me decide what INTEL motherboard and processor I should get, that is fairly cheap. I was thinking Q6600 + 680i, for 300$ at TigerDirect. But if that isn't a good processor, and I can get a better deal for less, please let me know.

Thanks, and it's nice to be here :D

04-06-2008, 17:44:34

Theres no need to spend so much money, any budget C2D will give you a noticeable difference. Try an E8400. :)

04-06-2008, 17:48:48

Thanks for replying.
I realize I don't have to spend so much money, but I wanna make one upgrade that will at least last me till I have a full time job, so about a year, maybe a year and a half.

04-06-2008, 17:56:59

Nick R
In that case q6600 ftw :p

04-06-2008, 18:44:40


In that case q6600 ftw :p

Despite the fact that Nehalem will be here soon, a Q6600 is a good futureproof upgrade that should keep you going for a couple of years.

04-06-2008, 18:49:31


Despite the fact that Nehalem will be here soon, a Q6600 is a good futureproof upgrade that should keep you going for a couple of years.

Thanks, that's what I was told :D
Also i'm not buying till like late august, so if anything better comes out by then i'll be sure to pick that up instead. if its not too much more.

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