DigiTimes has had confirmation from the major motherboard manufacturers that they have indeed written license agreements with nVIDIA for SLI support on their Sandy Bridge motherboards.  For a quick refresher on just what it was that had nVIDIA attempting to take on Intel you can visit CNET; to try to put it succinctly, the death of the FSB and the rise of QPI and DMI has allowed Intel to take the position that the cross license agreement that allowed nVIDIA to attach chipsets to Intel motherboards has also gone the way of the proverbial parrot.  Even though nVIDIA is out of the motherboard business they still provide chipsets a la nVIDIA’s NF200 for the X58 and need access to the design in order to have SLI work on the new boards.  We may never know the specifics of the deal made out of court between nVIDIA and Intel but at least we can be sure our choices in motherboards will not limit our choice of GPU.

“Nvidia has announced the immediate availability of the GeForce GTX 570, the latest addition to its GTX 500 series of DirectX 11 GPUs designed for PC gaming enthusiast platforms. The GeForce GTX 570 brings a new level of DirectX 11 price/performance to the enthusiast PC gaming market while maintaining quiet acoustics and is available from add-in card partners, including ASL, Asustek, Colorful, ECS, EVGA, Gainward, Galaxy, Gigabyte, Innovision 3D, Jetway, Leadtek, MSI, Palit, Point of View, PNY, Sparkle, Zotac and others, said Nvidia.

In additional news, Nvidia has also announced that its SLI technology has been licensed by top-tier motherboard manufacturers including Intel, Asustek, Gigabyte, MSI and EVGA, for use on their Intel P67 Express Chipset-based motherboards designed for the upcoming Intel Sandy Bridge processors.”

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