So you link up multiple videocards to, presumably, get a nice performance increase (although as the poster below me so aptly points out, current day cards are already being held back by the CPU being too slow), but what about image quality / drivers / differences in handling function calls, etc?
While I could see linking two exactly the same cards MIGHT somehow work, I get the idea that Alienware is saying that you can just add any two cards together and it will work? I'm very skeptical about that.
Also, this isn't like the Voodoo2's SLI capability, since that was hardware integrated into the card. This all happens on a software / driver level, and that means that processing cycles (and I'm thinking quite a few of them) are needed. Since no games out there that I can think of really even support multi-threading, I honestly fail to see what would be the gain of this.
While I guess theoretically you could get the performance of say, a Radeon9700 by hooking up a couple cheaper cards (radeon 9000s or so), the expense in getting a system from Alienware that supports that Video Array thing would most likely be far far higher than just getting a 9700 in the first place.
I think it's a good idea of Alienware, but as long as CPUs and memory bandwith are the bottlenecks in current day PCs, adding graphics card power really isn't going to give "70% or more" increase.
The ONLY thing I can see this doing is giving you free resolution upgrades and free 6x (or maybe even 12x?) FSAA and, what, 32xAF? Free as in, it won't cost you any framerates. Then again, ATI's cards have ALREADY been giving us that since the 9700, so again I really fail to see the point.
This comment was edited on May 12, 20:23.