A new graphics card/chip combo from Nvidia should help computer gamers to both enjoy high quality graphics and save energy. ( dpa )
The Hybrid SLI consists of two parts: a graphics card that allows seamless operation of even the most modern 3D games and an integrated graphics chip installed into the computer's mother board.
Speaking before the start of Hanover's CeBIT technology trade show, Nvidia spokesman Jens Neuschaefer said the chip alone can process Internet graphics, plus movies and basic computer games. When it comes time to boot up a game that needs higher quality graphics, the gamer needs to spin up the hybrid graphics card with a simple mouse click. Nvidia calls the function "GeForce Boost."
By allowing computer users to turn the graphics card on and off, computer users can save up to 100 watts of power, regardless of their PC's configuration. However, to make use of GeForce boost, a computer's mother board and graphics card both need to be able to support it, said Neuschaefer.
Customized motherboards will soon go on sale, starting at 60 euros (92 dollars). A compatible graphics card will be available for 55 euros. Nvidia unveiled its introductory GeForce 8400 GS model at CeBIT in early March.