Lucid HYDRA 200 Details With AMD, Lucid & NVIDIAWed, Sep 30, 2009 - 12:00 AM
Q&A With LUCID
Legit Reviews got a chance to talk with Offir Remez, co-founder, President and VP of Business Development at LucidLogix Inc. and below are the results of that discussion.
Legit Reviews: Scan-Line Interleave was introduced to the consumer market in 1998 in the Voodoo2 line of video cards. NVIDIA later bought out 3dfx (maker of the Voodoo2 line) and announced the Scalable Link Interface (SLI) in 2004. ATI CrossFire was first made available to the public on September 27, 2005 and has come a long way since the days when a dongle used to be needed in order to run a multi-GPU setup. That makes NVIDIA SLI and ATI CrossFire fairly ‘old’ technology compared to the Lucid Hydra 200 solution that was announced this past week at IDF. Some journalists have gone as far as saying that this is the death of SLI and CrossFire. Do you think Hydra technology could dominate the market so much that the other two solutions could possibly become obsolete?
Legit Reviews: For our readers that are gamers and enthusiasts what will best option for a multi-GPU solution?
Legit Reviews: Would running a pair of GeForce GTX 285’s in a multi-GPU setup perform better running SLI or on Hydra 200?
Legit Reviews: What about dual-GPU cards like the Radeon HD 4780X2/3870X2 and the GeForce GTX 295? Will Hydra work properly on these super high-end dual GPU single slot graphics cards that are already running SLI/Crossfire on the card itself?
Legit Reviews: Lucid recently said that GPU frame rendering methods that are being used by both ATI and NVIDIA were primitive and that NVIDIA and SLI are limited by AFR [Alternate Frame Rendering], SFR [Split Frame Rendering] On paper, having two identical graphics cards in a system that do not depend on driver profiles for scaling would seem superior to an end user. This has always been a caveat of SLI/Crossfire when a particular game or demo has no out of the box profile. Will this also impact the Lucid Hydra 200 solution?
Legit Reviews: Can you run PhysX or 3D Vision on a multi-GPU setup with a motherboard that runs Hydra 200?
Legit Reviews: Can you run ATI Stream or Eyefinity technology on a multi-GPU setup with a motherboard that runs Hydra 200?
Legit Reviews: Is the Lucid Hydra being certified for SLI? (note, you are asking if we are doing an SLI certification for crossfire)
Legit Reviews: Will the MSI Big Bang motherboard be SLI licensed?
Legit Reviews: NVIDIA recently disabled a feature in your Windows 7 drivers that would allow you to run an ATI Radeon HD series graphics card and then a secondary NVIDIA GeForce graphics card as a dedicated PhysX GPU. NVIDIA claims this was done by accident and disabled this feature. By running Hydra could you run a Radeon HD 5870 as the primary card and then a GeForce GTX 9600 GT as a dedicated PhysX card?
Legit Reviews: If one of our readers has a GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 graphics cards and goes out tomorrow and buys an ATI Radeon HD 5870 graphics card with the hopes of picking up the MSI Big Bang motherboard will he be able to load balance the cards on DirectX 11 game titles?
Legit Reviews: Mixing and matching NVIDIA and ATI graphics cards is only supported on Windows 7 correct?
Legit Reviews: When it comes to multi-GPU systems NVIDIA allows you to run SLI on identical series cards no matter who the manufacturer is. ATI on the other hand allows users to do the same, but also allows users of CrossFire to mix and match different cards within a particular series. The Hydra 200 will let you mix and match any graphics card right? (is there a list of supported cards?)
Legit Reviews: At IDF you implied that motherboards featuring the Hydra 200 ASIC (chip) wouldn’t add anything to the cost of the motherboard and hinted that the NVIDIA SLI licensing fee wouldn’t have to be paid. Is this really the truth?
Regarding SLI, we do not reference the SLI licensing fee as that is something that the motherboard manufacturers will need to be taking into consideration.
Legit Reviews: Will Lucid HYDRA 200 be found on laptops or only desktop motherboards and add-in cards?