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What is Alienware’s Video Array?
Video Array, Alienware’s exclusive patent-pending innovation, enables two high-performance PCI-Express video cards, (exact cards from the same manufacturer) to process graphics commands in parallel, thus significantly increasing the graphics performance. It includes proprietary software and hardware, including a video merger hub which ultimately merges the individual signals into one image.
What is Alienware’s X2 motherboard?
Alienware’s exclusive, patent-pending motherboard, based on Intel’s Tumwater chipset, includes two PCI-Express graphics slots, and was developed specifically by Alienware to support Video Array.
When will Video Array and the X2 motherboard be available?
When launched, Alienware’s Video Array and X2 motherboard will be available only on ALX systems. It will launch in Q4 of 2004.
What is ALX?
ALX is a sub-brand of Alienware high-performance systems. ALX systems will offer an even more highly customized and personalized experience than customers have come to expect from Alienware systems. Much like a distinguished brand, Alienware ALX systems will feature the latest innovations in performance and service from Alienware. Anticipated offerings include; factory over-clocking, water-cooling, custom case accents, dedicated sales and support, factory-installed games and software, 24-hour PC game tips and codes, and much more.
When will ALX launch?
ALX systems will launch June 2004.
Does the PCI-Express standard allow anyone to do this?
PCI-Express will not allow this out of the box. Alienware is using an exclusive software solution as well as a video merger hub. Both solutions are patent pending and were developed in house by Alienware. In addition Alienware has developed a dual PCI-Express graphics slot motherboard (X2). This motherboard is exclusive to Alienware and is also patent pending. To Alienware’s knowledge, no other motherboard currently supports dual PCI-Express graphics slots. The X2 also utilizes all available PCI-Express lanes provided by the Tumwater chipset, supports DDR2-400 memory and includes 6 ports for high-performance SATA RAID 0, 1, and 0+1 configurations. The X2 includes SATA on a 66MHz PCI-x bus, Gigabit Ethernet, and 5.1 Dolby Digital audio. It will also be dual processor capable.
Will I be able to use an ATI card in the same system as an Nvidia card?
As stated before, you must use identical cards form the same manufacturer. In addition, Alienware’s video array is designed to be independent of graphics chipsets and will use off-the-shelf graphics cards. The system supports both OpenGL and DirexctX9 (including support for the latest version of Pixel and Vertex Shaders) and will scale easily as graphics technologies advance.
Will this require driver support from the graphics card manufacturers?
This will not require driver support from the graphics card manufacturers. The system was designed to be stand alone using Alienware’s Video Array (including software and merger hub) and X2 motherboard.
What type of performance can we expect from Video Array?
Preliminary testing shows performance gains of more than 50%. The more graphics intense the application, the more performance increase gained.
Isn’t it true that most games now are CPU limited thus making this solution not worth while?
Older games tend to be CPU limited because they were designed with older GPU’s. The latest games and next-generation titles like Doom 3 and Half-Life 2 will tax even today’s GPU’s. Alienware’s Video Array will enable gamers to play these games and applications at high resolutions/settings, with uncompromising quality and performance. This solution will also be used in the professional design and engineering space as well as for real time rendering solutions.
Do the Application/Game developers need to modify their code to support Video Array?
No, as mentioned, Video Array technology works with any application that supports DirectX or OpenGL. The applications do not need any special modifications or coding. Video Array uses Alienware designed API logic that allows any existing game/application to work with it without any modifications required. Alienware is, however, working with leading game developers to develop custom game levels that will take advantage of Video Array by being extremely graphics intense.
Does the Video Array Technology work similarly to SLI (Scan Line Interlace)?
No. SLI is a technology developed and used by 3dfx, where each card rendered alternate lines (one card would render the odd lines, the other card would render the even lines). Video Array Technology divides the screen in multiple parts. In the case of using two video cards, the screen is divided, vertically, in two parts: one video card renders the upper section, and the second video card renders the lower section.
Does each video card process 50% of the screen?
Video Array uses a ‘Predictive Load Balancing’ technology that evaluates on each frame the processing load for each GPU. Based on this, it ‘predicts’ the load distribution for the next frames, and adjusts the ‘Split Ratio’ accordingly. While the system always starts at a 50% split, as the content of the screen changes, the ratio changes accordingly (75/25. 85/15, 80/20, etc., etc). This logic enables Video Array to maximize the use of the graphics processing power from each card.
Is the image quality affected by Video Array?
The resulting image quality is not affected by the use of Video Array. In fact, due to the increase in graphics processing power, it is now possible to turn on all the enhancements provided by the video cards at resolutions much higher than previously possible. There are no visible artifacts resulting from this.
Can we plug two dual head PCI-Express Video Cards to power 4 monitors?
Certainly. The X2 motherboard sports two PCI-Express high performance graphics slots. Populating these with high performance dual-head video cards opens up the door for 4 monitor application. For instance, one possible application is for flight simulation, where one monitor can be used for the front view, two other for peripheral view, and the fourth one for the control panel.