Tom Petersen today over at nVidia's official blog has announced that "SLI has been licensed to the world's leading motherboard companies for integration onto their upcoming motherboards featuring AMD's 990FX, 990X and 970 chipsets." ASUS, Gigabyte, ASRock, and MSI are among the first motherboard manufacturers to offer this new capability, with more coming on board shortly.
For years gamers have been asking nVidia to make SLI available to AMD motherboard makers but there has never been much movement. This new deal means AMD will be able to offer its fans both of the main gaming options and it is highly likely that it'll stay this way as there's no reason for AMD to license its ATI technology in a similar way.
With new DX11 games coming out, lots of you guys (and gals) are building new gaming rigs and trying to decide what CPU to use. When you're deciding what to build, finding the best CPU price performance ratio is key. After all, PC hardware doesn't grow on trees!
Long term gamers probably remember that for a long time AMD offered great high-end CPUs, but in recent years, AMD's stature as the preferred gaming CPU fell by the wayside and Intel CPUs have been the gamers' choice. For this reason, we've only licensed SLI for motherboards with Intel chipsets. However, we've been recently hearing chants of "SLI for AMD CPUs", and figured that now is a great time to do it. After all, we want to make sure gamers can benefit from the new CPU competitive landscape and ensure they've NVIDIA SLI -- the highest performance, most stable multi-GPU solution - to game on! According to Steam, 93% of all multi-GPU systems in use today use SLI.