From Alienware’s press release:
Alienware affirmed today their intention to offer Alienware’s innovative Video Array Technology using off-the-shelf graphics solutions from manufacturers such as ATI, Nvidia, 3D Labs, Matrox, and others. The multiple patents-pending Video Array, demonstrated in May at this year’s Electronic Entertainment Exposition (E3), is an accelerated graphics processing subsystem that uses multiple video cards to process graphics commands in parallel.
Any multiple video card technology poses unique engineering challenges for PC manufacturers and those who build their own PCs. The combined power requirement and increased heat generated by two graphics cards operating in parallel are beyond the capabilities of PCs and off the shelf hardware on the market today. Alienware has engineered complete power and liquid cooling systems for Video Array and will be bringing the entire solution to market in their ALX line of high-performance PCs this fall.
Nvidia recently announced Scalable Link Interface (SLI) graphics technology, which also uses two graphics cards in a single system.
Should Nvidia’s SLI technology ultimately prove faster than Alienware’s Video Array, we will offer it to our customers as soon as it becomes commercially available, stated Frank Azor, senior vice-president and general manager of Alienware’s Worldwide Product Group. Either way, we will continue to develop and optimize Video Array for all non-Nvidia graphics solutions, such as those from ATI, 3D Labs, Matrox, and any other manufacturers. Our sole interest is in offering technology that provides the very best computing experience possible to Alienware customers.
Earlier this month, Alienware published official benchmarks for the Video Array. Those 1600 X 1200 resolution 3DMark 2003 benchmark tests indicated graphics performance gains up to 100% versus a single GPU system with Full-Screen Anti-Aliasing set to 8X and Anisotropic Filtering set to 8X.
The pairing of ATI’s innovative graphics technology and Alienware’s Video Array has some truly awesome implications for 3D-intensive applications like gaming, animation, and real-time simulation, said Rick Bergman, Senior Vice President, Marketing, General Manager, Desktop, ATI Technologies Inc. Alienware’s solution is flexible and powerful, allowing customers to push the performance envelope.
For more information on the Alienware Video Array Technology, visit www.alienware.com/videoarray.