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, 15:32:29

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

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

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

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

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...

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.

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

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