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.