Intel’s forthcoming high-end 975X chipset, which is expected to be launched in the first quarter of next year, will support both Nvidia’s SLI and ATI Technologies’ ‘CrossFire’ dual-graphics technology, according to sources at Taiwan motherboard makers.
The 975X will come with a built-in PCIe x16 interface, which will allow motherboard makers to design boards with dual PCIe x8 slots to support dual-graphics technology, the sources noted.
Intel has reached a licensing agreement with both Nvidia and ATI that will allow Intel users access to drivers to enable SLI or CrossFire, the sources noted. Nvidia, however, said that there currently is no such agreement with Intel. The 975X will target the high-end segment with an initial unit price of US$50 (for 10k lots), or at the same level as Intel’s 955X chipset.
The 975X will come with a 65nm version of the dual-core Pentium Extreme Edition 955 processor, which supports 1066MHz FSB speeds and 2x2MB of L2 cache (4MB of L2 cache per central processing unit in total), according to the sources.