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Happiness for Quantum3D, Disaster for 3Dlabs?

While not a lot of gamers are likely to afford computers with two graphics cards, professional users are likely to gladly make use of the dual-Quadro options. In case the Symmetric Multi Rendering and Scalable Link Interface technologies prove to be absolutely problem-less, professional users are likely adopt the dual card options massively.


Quamtum3D Aalchemy rack with 8 AA5 realtime 3D graphics subsystems.
Each Aalchemy AA5 subsystem is powered by up to 16 3dfx VSA-100 chips.

While NVIDIA does not say it directly, the name “Symmetric Multi Rendering” implies that more than two graphics chips can work in parallel. In case this is true, the GeForce 6-series is likely to be a successor of 3dfx VSA-100 that is still being used in high-end visualization systems by Quantum3D. The best side of the VSA-100 is scalability – tens of such chips can work in parallel, but given that the processors are totally outdated, Quantum3D may want something more advanced. For the first time in four years the company may finally get the chip it really needs with one of the GeForce 6-series products (of course, we should keep in mind power consumption of such components).


3Dlabs' Wildcat Realizm 800 graphics card

Some other professional graphics companies, especially 3Dlabs, should probably worry about NVIDIA’s dual-Quadro option. The computing and geometry power of the Quadro are known around the industry and two such graphics cards may beat high-end offerings from companies like 3Dlabs or, at least, put some pressure on their sales.

 
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