ATI, the 3D graphics world leader is introducing the CrossFire X1900 multi-GPU solution, which gives gamers a choice of asymmetrical physics configurations, what ATI is calling “boundless gaming”.
The ATI ‘Boundless Gaming’ setup requires either one or two graphics cards for rendering, along with a separate graphics card dedicated for physics processing or so called environmental creator.
According to ATI, the “Boundless” refers to the open architecture that allows for different cards to be used in each role, so gamers can decide between various high and low end cards to handle various function.
Traditional PC games are sometimes CPU-bound which gets limited by how much the processor can handle; or they’re sometimes GPU-bound, which gets limited by the amount of information the graphics cards can process. ATI has infact broken down these limitations by using ATI CrossFire X1900 multi-GPU solution in combination with Intel Core 2 Duo processors to effectively address both the CPU and GPU-bound limitations to produce the best image quality and performance in games, while a single ATI GPU works to deliver realistic physics.
The end result of all this is what ATI calls ‘boundless gaming’.
ATI claims, CrossFire offers gamers a choice of physics configurations rather than being locked into symmetrical setups. This flexible architecture allows asymmetrical configurations as unlike cards can be used for physics processing in both 1+1 and 2+1 setups where one or two graphics cards are used for game rendering, while another card is used for physics.
ATI is maintaining an up-to-date list of CrossFire certified components which intergrates into such gaming solution. Added to the Intel Core 2 Duo platform, it introduces boundless gaming to the world on the highest performing PC platform ever conceived.
ATI’s CrossFire X1900 multi-GPU solution in combination with Intel Core 2 Duo processors, effectively addresses both the CPU- and GPU-bound scenarios, producing superior image quality and performance in games, as also delivering realistic physics.
The company says ATI physics enables gaming software developers to design a true-to-life representations of games, using the Radeon X1K GPUs’ parallel processing architecture.
The Radeon X1900 XTX graphics card is the highest performing physics processors today, which theoratically delivers a whopping 360 Gflops of processing power. In effect, gamers will be able to enjoy scenes with 20,000 to 30,000 distinct objects that can now be accurately simulated and rendered at real-time frame rates.
ATI has also announced that company is closely working with Havok, the leading middleware provider for the gaming industry in developing Havok’s FX which allow developers to create more convincing environments, including more detailed explosions, smoke, debris, fluids, the works.
David O’Meara, chief executive officer, Havok, said, “By unleashing Havok FX on ATI GPUs, we are opening the door for some of the most compelling game experiences ever seen. Imagine explosions so realistic that thousands of pieces of shrapnel blanket the area, dealing damage to characters and objects nearby.”
Further, ATI is ramping-up the CrossFire certification program, making it easier for gamers to recognize what products are CrossFire-ready.
Godfrey Cheng, marketing director – platform technologies, ATI Technologies, said, “The addition of physics to the CrossFire platform, and the continuing evolution of CrossFire is based directly on the feedback of hardcore gamers – CrossFire is not ATI s platform, it’s the gamers platform.”
ATI will also be working more closely with middleware provider Havok to promote the Havok FX SDK. Games that have leveraged the Havok technology include Half-Life 2, Perfect Dark Zero, FEAR, and the Splinter Cell series. Both companies seems to be working closely with gaming software developers to try and implement full support in future games, with the first titles supporting the technology expected to arrive by the end of this year.
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