Intel P965 To Support Crossfire

"Intel P965 To Support Crossfire"

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There has been quite a lot of talk on the net that the P965 was not likely to support ATI's CrossFire multi-GPU technology because the chipset does not have the same PCI Express lane configuration as the 975X. Whereas the 975X can be configured in an 8x / 8x PEG lane configuration, the P965 is setup for 16x / 4x operation.
But in a surprising twist, MSI has actually added Crossfire support for their P965 chipset based motherboards; and rumour has it that ASUS have a new BIOS ready to enable Crossfire on their 965 based P5B deluxe motherboards. P5B BIOS rev 0706 (or later) should be available within the next few days.
All that is needed to enable Crossfire is the latest set of Catalyst drivers, but at the moment it's only X1900 in Direct 3D. OpenGL support should be around by the end of the year.
On a side note, Asus also sent word of a new BIOS (v1405) for the 975X Express-based P5W DH Deluxe that unlocks lower multipliers on Core 2 Duo processors, for more flexible overclocking. This feature had already been implemented on their P5B, but it is new to the P5W.

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20-09-2006, 07:29:03

Looking for some whisper quiet fans to include in that HTPC build, or just looking to quieten down the existing ones. Let's see if the new 'L' series has the goods.

Link to review

20-09-2006, 07:58:47

Woah, thanks for that Pv. Ive been pondering over these fans for some time as they can be picked up failr cheap here (£4 or somthing on fleebay).

Good job there mate:).

20-09-2006, 08:46:16

Np's mate, glad you found the review helpful. They are a great silent alternative :)

20-09-2006, 11:19:25

shame about the low air it shifts but hey, its silent

good review dude

20-09-2006, 16:09:07

Good reivew. I've seen the grilles been removed and swapped to the other side before... hard forum I think I saw that.

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