Multi-GPU system configurations have always been a bit of toss-up when it comes to value for your dollar. Last year we reviewed an nVidia SLI
solution using their 750a chipset and two GTX 260 graphics cards, and prior to that we tested ATI CrossFire
technology with an Intel X38 board and two HD 3870's. In both instances reviewers had mixed feelings about their results. Although some tests displayed a marked improvement in performance, others saw only mediocre gains, and in some cases were non-existent. Between driver issues and game compatibility there really are no guarantees. While these problems may not be as prevalent nowadays, even at best you're making a commitment to purchase two identical video cards plus the compatible, proprietary motherboard, and then being locked into that solution with limited upgrade options. If all you're concerned with is high benchmark scores and you've got money to burn, then obviously you'll have no problem plunking down a grand or more every couple of months to do a forklift upgrade to the latest and greatest hardware. But nearly 70% of the video card market is the sub-$100 bracket, so where does that leave the other two-thirds of us?
Well thanks to MSI Fuzion featuring Lucid HydraLogix technology, even the budget-conscious PC builder can afford to put together a multi-GPU system without worrying about cross-platform compatibility or proprietary vendor hardware. At CES 2010
, MSI demonstrated their Big Bang Fuzion, a high-end Intel motherboard featuring Lucid's HydraLogix 200 chipset. Today MSI brings us the same technology in a much more cost-friendly package, the AMD-based 870A Fuzion. Coming in price-wise between most 890GX and 890FX models, the 870A Fuzion offers MSI's high-end features like Military-Class components, Auto OC Genie and Unlock CPU Core, along with current SATA 6Gb/s and USB 3 standards, with true cross-vendor, asymmetrical video processing support thanks to the HydraLogix 200 chipset.
Join us as we take a closer look at the MSI 870A Fuzion motherboard.