ATI's Terry Makedon on Intel 965 chipset support in Catalyst 6.9
The release of ATI's Catalyst 6.9 drivers today have brought with them some good news for owners of systems with Intel's newest 965 chipset, a motherboard chipset blessed with two 16x PCI Express slots but, up until now, no support for ATI's multi-GPU CrossFire solution. Thankfully, Catalyst 6.9 has taken rather a large step in correcting this. To quote ATI's own driver release notes:
"This release of Catalyst® introduces CrossFire™ support for the Intel 965 Chipset. This feature is available for D3D applications, and is supported on ATI Radeon® X1900 CrossFire™ edition products. This feature is supported under the Windows XP operating system."
The most interesting point of note here is (aside from the fantastic news that CrossFire support for this chipset is possible and has been enabled) the fact that support on Intel 965-based motherboards is only available for Direct 3D applications. Naturally, this begs the question: "What about Open GL support?" Will it appear in future ATI drivers? Is it even technically possible? Of course, we asked ATI's very own driver guru and Catalyst maker, Terry Makedon, who had the following to say:
"We were able to enable CrossFire support for the popular Intel 965 chipset. Initially we will support DirectX games, since they do represent the vast majority of the games out there. We will follow up by the end of the year with support for OpenGL."
So, there you have it - In a nutshell, OpenGL CrossFire support is possible on Intel 965 chipset motherboards, but you're going to have to wait a little while longer before it becomes available in a Catalyst driver release. Of course, we'll be sure to let you know here at Elite Bastards when that happens.
As always, many thanks to Terry for taking the time out to give us a swift answer to our question. If you have any thoughts or comments on this news, you can leave them in our forum.