Lucid Comes Up With The Hydra 200 Chip
"The legendary Lucid have said their Hydra 200 chip will be available soon."
Hydra 200 'within 30 days'
Lucid announced the Hydra 100 chip last year, which promised that multi GPU setups would work without internal connectors, software or game profiles. Well, today, they have said that the replacement - the Hydra 200 will be shipping within 30 days. The Hydra 200 is a 65nm part, unlike the 130nm Hydra 100, which means it will perform better and cost less. There will be 3 models, all offering different numbers of PCI express lanes. The low end provides dual x16 lanes, whilst the high end solution will offer uses a pair of configurable x16 lanes, allowing a single x16 lane, double x16 lanes, double x8 lanes or even four x8 lanes.
The chip basically intercepts the commands sent from the CPU to the GPU, and balances them across the GPUs installed in the system evenly. The final buffers are then sent back to the Hydra chip and to the primary GPU to be displayed. This allows users to mix and match cards, for example a GTX295 and a GTX275 together, with real performance boosts. Lucid also say there will be future support for cards from different vendors, a 4890 and a GTX285 for example, which would never normally work. However, they do say you will need to use Windows 7 to support this feature.
Lucid saying pricing is $1.50 per PCI express lane, meaning the low end solution costs just $36, and the high end chip only $72, small price to pay for such a great benefit. We expect for much more information to appear about this solution soon, but for now, all we know is that the first motherboard to utilise it will be MSI's P55 Big Bang, a high end P55 motherboard in the £200+ region.
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