Alienware Video Array Technology Interview

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posted 6/7/2004 by The GN Staff
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GamingNexus: The best ideas often get copied by competitors. Now that you’ve let the cat out of the bag on Video Array, do you feel there’s going to be major motherboard manufactures trying to develop their own video array technology?

Brian Joyce: Certainly, we would expect people who will try. Remember that the video array and the X2 motherboard are both multiple patents pending technologies. So they will have to do it in a way that doesn’t take advantage of what they’ve learned from us. I would imagine that yes, they will try and it remains how successful they will be and how quickly they can be successful if at all.

GamingNexus: About the heat issues, you’ve developed your own cooling system. Could you talk a little about that?

Brian Joyce: The liquid cooling technology from Alienware is specifically designed to cool two CPU’s and two video cards, which isn’t something that most cooling solutions have to deal with. It uses a specially formulated liquid inside for heat transfer. It uses gold plated, pure copper heat sinks. There’s a high volume/low noise fan. There are three different speed controls on the fan unit itself and it has been integrated into our next generation chassis. That’s the solution in a nutshell.

GamingNexus: Have the final specs for the hardware been determined yet ?

Brian Joyce: The actual final build materials have not been set, yet. Remember, what we’ve demonstrated so far has been an alpha or beta build and the X2 motherboard was only available just prior to E3, so there’s a lot of work that has to be done to get it as stable and reliable as it needs to be for consumer use.

GamingNexus: Are there plans to explore an AMD solution with the Video Array technology?

Brian Joyce: Yes, absolutely. The reason that the X2 motherboard is Intel based is simply that their roadmap was PCI Express capable first. Obviously, we have to design our own board to get the two PCI Express graphics slots onto it. But, absolutely, if we received positive feedback on the video array and the X2 motherboard, then we will be looking to do it with an AMD solution as well.

GamingNexus: I’m kind of looking forward to one with dual Opterons.

Brian Joyce: Yeah, exactly. There are some really exciting applications for this kind of thing. The potential it has to change your experience, especially in gaming or in rendering, is what I’m looking forward to most.
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