Tom Petersen over at the official company blog has announced that nVidia, the graphics technology company, has decided to license its technology to a selection of motherboard companies for the upcoming 900 range of chipsets. For years gamers have been asking nVidia to make SLI available to AMD motherboard makers but there has never been much movement. This new deal means AMD will be able to offer its fans both of the main gaming options and it is highly likely that it will stay this way as there is no reason for AMD to license its ATI technology in a similar way.
"When you’re deciding what to build, finding the best CPU price performance ratio is key, so today we are pleased to announce that SLI has been licensed to the world’s leading motherboard companies for integration onto their upcoming motherboards featuring AMD’s 990FX, 990X and 970 chipsets."
According to the blog post, the Steam Hardware & Software Survey recently reported that 93% of all multi GPU systems in use today use nVidias SLI technology, which means the new deal could cause a lot of Intel fans, including myself, to say goodbye to Intel and move over to AMD. So far only ASUS, Gigabyte, ASRock, and MSI have been confirmed to be among the first motherboard manufacturers to have the potential to offer the new combination. However, more should follow shortly.