4 June 2001 was released on the iconic NVIDIA nForce chipset. After buying 3Dfx California-based company didn’t stop there. In the framework of the program of expansion of presence on the IT market, it was decided to release chipsets. Very profitable business in the early 2000-ies. As time has shown, the first attempt did not go lumpy. Besides NVIDIA’s plenty of “practice” together with Microsoft, releasing two Xbox. However, the first motherboard in presented in spring of chipset appeared only by the end of autumn.
At the core of the chipset were two of the processor. It is the CPU, but not the bridge. Chip IGP 128 (Integrated Graphics Processor) is responsible for working with memory and AGP 4x and had a built-in integrated graphics core. The number in the title meant the maximum speed when referring to RAM. Chip MCP (Media and Communications Processor) responsible for the work with peripherals. The main feature of the IGP, who made nForce legendary, was the presence of two parallel (effectively independent) 64-bit memory controller DDR/SDR and managing their intellectual block caching DASP (Dynamic Adaptive Speculative Pre-processor). This “trick” really allowed us to accelerate the work of RAM. The competition at the time these decisions was not available.
Set logic lasted exactly one year. Then it was replaced by the new chipset is nForce 2. NVIDIA worked closely with AMD and Intel. But because of the motherboard on the base of these sets enjoyed wide popularity. However, in March 2008 (only seven years) Californians has released the latest generation of logic – nForce 700. The company could no longer see the sense in this division and has completely switched its focus to the development of integrated circuits for mobile devices. Since that time among the manufacturers of chipsets for desktop PCs there are only two companies: AMD and Intel. By the time “dying” and VIA. It is easy to guess that each produces a logic exclusively for their computer solutions.
The NVIDIA nForce chipset
The NVIDIA nForce chipset
June 4, 2009 GlobalFoundries demonstrated the first plate with chips, made on 28-nm process. In the following year he presented the first prototypes produced by this technology. And in 2012 – the first graphics solutions from AMD and NVIDIA. 28-nanometer process proved so successful that it is still used today. But, in fact, since the demonstration was six years ago. Let’s compare. Three months ago the NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITAN X, which is based on the GM200 GPU. It is three times faster than GeForce GTX 680, the announcement of which was held on March 22, 2012! This graphics adapter is based on the GK104 chip, which was manufactured in 28-nanometer process technology. The number of transistors in a chip has increased from 3.5 billion to 8 billion! Thus NVIDIA has clearly demonstrated what this technology!
This summer, AMD will introduce a new line of graphics cards Radeon R9 300. It will consist entirely of graphics cards, built on 28-nm chips. Already in 2016, this process will officially retire, for it is already declared that the leaders in the production of graphics adapters will make the switch to 14-nm technology. However, seven years on the market – this is a very serious time!
The first plate 28-nanometrovymi chips
On 4 June 2010, ASUS has officially announced a motherboard Crosshair IV Extreme is the first decision support logic Lucid Hydra 200. Revolutionary Hydra was that it was possible to combine in a single array even graphics cards from different brands. Naturally, we are talking about the products that AMD and NVIDIA. The performance of this tandem, fully kept on the software. And in some games was observed a real increase in speed.
It is obvious that the availability of such technology for commercial purposes was not profitable either “red” or “green”. But because Lucid Hydra has not received proper distribution. Yes, and the chip (and with it the motherboard) was too expensive. So now, the old fashioned way, you have to use “obsolete” technologies: either AMD’s CrossFire or NVIDIA SLI. No “friendship”!
ASUS Crosshair IV Extreme