In an effort to combat the continuing battle against heat and power consumption on modern graphics cards, NVIDIA announced today its Hybrid SLI technology which the company plans to roll out in a variety of graphics and motherboard products for AMD and Intel in 2008.
The Hybrid technology aims to provide lower power consumption whilst offering high graphics performance by allowing motherboard GPUs and discrete GPUs to work together. The two key features of the technology are:
– HybridPower, a feature which will allow a PC to switch processing from a single GPU or multiple GPUs in SLI configuration to the onboard motherboard GPU and therefore result in lower power consumption and reduced noise. On a desktop, the benefits will be paramount when demanding graphics aren’t required. With notebooks, HybridPower is said to extend battery life by up to 3 hours.
– GeForce Boost, a turbo-charge feature, combines the processing power of the traditional NVIDIA GeForce-based graphics card with that of the second GPU integrated into the motherboard core logic. It’ll know when it’s needed and kick in when demanding applications require it.