We first reported on Lucid’s multi-GPU solution last fall, and to be honest, I didn’t expect much of an update by this point. I was wrong, as the company states that they will be shipping product next month. It won’t be an add-in solution, at least right off, but rather a feature built into an upcoming motherboard.
Details are somewhat scarce since we haven’t had a private meeting with the company up to this point (that will happen tomorrow). I checked out their booth in the showcase area, however, and up and running were two demo machines, showcasing what the technology is capable of. At this point, it looks like their promises of last year have come to fruition, so the next few months should be very interesting.
As a quick refresher, Lucid’s technology is to essentially replace the need for CrossFireX and SLI, by splitting up the gameplay across multiple GPUs. You don’t even need to use the same GPUs, but are free to mix and match between models (you can even mix and match ATI and NVIDIA).
MSI will be the first motherboard vendor to include the feature on their upcoming “Big Bang” P55-based board. The larger motherboard vendors are understandably skeptical as to market success, but I have little doubt that they will be incredibly quick to implement it on their own boards if it’s the least bit successful.
I’ll know a lot more after the meeting, where I’ll get some hands-on time with the tech across various GPU configurations.