The Hydra 200 Multi-GPU solution designed by Lucid looks to be one of the most promising technologies, as it is a chip that is specifically designed for the PC enthusiasts for beautifying their desktops and enhancing the system’s graphichal performance by amalgamating two different GPUs. This could be availed from the same vendors or the different vendors.
It was at the Intel’s IDF event last year, that this technology came into picture. It promises to provide users to play with their desktop systems very effectually, for both notebooks and desktop PCs. From a performance perspective, the Lucid Hydra 200 chip looks very promising as it seems to be a solution for some of the upcoming boards, that would provide the users to have varied options while building their new desktop systems. But the certain reviews at the Hot Hardware and the PC Perspective threw light on some of the problems encountered by the people inspite of the appreciation of its performance potential.
Basically, the chip is designed using a 65nm process technology, with the new SoC rated at a lower power use of 6W and simultaneously support systems using dual, triple or quad GPU combinations. The universal GPU, CPU and chipset support are enabled by the chip, available in a small footprint, very ideal for integration on the latest motherboards. It majorly supports Windows Vista and Windows 7 OS environments and the DirectX 9c and 10.1 API standards, plus the new DirectX 11 API. Lucid already announced 3 models developed on this new Hydra 200 solution– LT22012, LT22114 and LT24102, of which LT24102 supports up to 4 GPUs at a time if connected in 4×8 configuration.
No doubt that the Multi-GPU technology is still at its nascent stage, but the solution has already claimed to have hit the 85% scaling for an ATI/NVIDIA configuration, where as the PC Perspective discovered that it could deliver up to 83% standing against the NVIDIA’s own SLI technology.
Though this novel technology looks promising and revolutionary in holding solution for mainstream users who want to enhance their system’s graphical interface, it is still doubtful as to how this technology would face the challenges in the market, for the responses from NVIDIA an ATI/AMD are still doubtful.