It might sound as likely as Tom Waits joining Girls Aloud, but HP has somehow managed to get AMD’s CrossFire technology working on an Nvidia nForce 680i SLI motherboard, and it will even be offering the feature with its new Blackbird 002 PC.
In a revealing interview with Custom PC, HP Gaming’s chief technologist, Rahul Sood, said: ‘What’s really cool is that we’re only using the nForce chipset for Intel, because it’s the best chipset, but we’re also giving the choice of CrossFire or SLI on it.’
Sood wouldn’t reveal how the feat was achieved, putting it merely down to ‘Voodoo magic,’ but said that they just had to work with their partners to ‘make it happen.’ When asked what Nvidia thinks of all this, Sood replied ‘You know, that’s a very good question! If I could look at the face of my Nvidia ref right now and see what he was thinking, I’d probably say that he gets it. I think Nvidia understands that Blackbird is a game-changing system.’
HP claims that the move is a part of being ‘component-agnostic,’ as gamers aren’t bothered about what brand of component they have, as long as it does the job. ‘Customers don’t really care about whether they have CrossFire or SLI,’ said Sood, ‘what they care about is how that game is going to look, how easy will it be to play – they care about the visual quality.’
For this reason, HP plans to offer a wide range of configuration options for the Blackbird, and will put no stickers, other than the HP logo, on the outside of the box. For more information, read the full interview here.
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Source:→ Custom PC