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Tested 15 years ago: The “new” nForce 780i SLI on an XFX mainboard

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In the test 15 years ago, Nvidia’s new high-end chipset nForce 780i SLI (test) stood for Intel’s LGA775 socket, which inherited the nForce 680i Ultra. With few changes from its predecessor, Nvidia is taking a copy-and-paste approach to the expensive high-end platform.

nForce 200 for PCIe lanes

The most important and almost only new feature of the nForce 780i SLI was a third chip called nForce 200, which added the north and south bridges. The nForce 200 provided 32 PCIe Gen 2 (PCI Express 2.0) lanes, replacing the 16 Gen 1 PCIe lanes previously offered by the Northbridge.

In comparison to the cheaper nForce 750i SLI, the high-end chipset offered an additional 16 PCIe lanes according to the 1.1 standard via the Southbridge, resulting in a total of 48 PCIe lanes.

The second, less significant change from the previous generation was support for Nvidia’s Enthusiast System Architecture (ESA), which should allow certified components to communicate – for example, a water cooling system should be able to read the GPU temperature in order to adjust its pump and fan speeds.

The performance was sometimes up and sometimes down

In the benchmarks, the XFX nForce 780i SLI under test generally cut a good figure. Differences to Intel’s X38 chipset were particularly evident in the memory tests. While Intel was way ahead in Raid 0 mode, there was a tie in Raid 1 and in Raid 5 Nvidia took the lead. It looked similar in 3DMark Vantage: Intel was ahead in the memory tests and Nvidia in the gaming tests.

Conclusion

The nForce 780i SLI wasn’t really convincing at the end of the test. Nvidia had introduced too little innovation, the performance was fluctuating and the price for the corresponding mainboards was high at 200 euros and up. Both Intel and AMD already offered PCIe 2.0 natively in their boards without the corresponding additional chips. The nForce 780i was primarily a do-it-yourself solution for those who wanted to combine three graphics cards in one system.

And today?

The SLI concept should not prevail. While Nvidia combined up to four graphics cards in one system at the peak of the technology, it is hardly used today. With the GeForce RTX 4000 series (test), support for multi-GPU systems in the consumer sector has officially ended. Nvidia hasn’t developed motherboard chipsets since the nForce 980a in 2009.

In the category “In the test 15 years ago”, the editors have been taking a look at the test archive every Saturday since July 2017. The last 20 articles that appeared in this series are listed below:

More content of this kind and many other reports and anecdotes can be found in the retro corner in the ComputerBase forum.

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Familiados launches an app to search for and manage external accompaniments in residences

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Familiados continues to innovate and has just launched a new service. The Spanish startup is committed to Familiados Sociosanitario, a special solution for residences and centers where Users need support.

Through it, centers can register their residents, find professionals in the area for accompaniments, facilitate payment to the resident through SEPA, manage extra expenses and have civil liability and accident insurance.

Offers to find companions are published on the map of Families and professionals sign up freely. Then the center chooses the most appropriate profile, and closes the accompaniment. All in less than 10 minutes. And with the confidence that the Familiados team makes a preflight of all the profiles of the platform, so trust is assured on the way out.

As a complement to the management of accompaniments, socio-health centers can also search for personnel to cover sick leave, contracts, etc. Familiarized allows them to find professional profiles such as nurses, nursing assistants or technicians in care for people in a situation of dependency, among others.

As Ernesto Bravo, CEO and founder of Familiados, explains: “When the time comes for a resident to go out for a medical visit, a diagnostic test, or just to run an errand, the normal thing is that no one can leave their job and accompany them. Precisely because of the shortage of personnel”.

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“In these cases, the residence has to find an external companion, and it is not always an easy task, for this reason we believe that Familiados Sociosanitario is a solution that can help regulate and professionalize this problem.”

double digit growth

The home care sector is in full bloom, and with it the companies that provide services related to it. In the specific case of Familiados, the Navarra startup reports that has doubled the published offers and the hours of care compared to 2021. Specifically, in Familiados, almost 35,000 job offers have been published this year, covering a total of 400,000 hours, a record for the platform.

The growth of Familiados is also noticeable in the number of care professionals who offer their services on its platform, which now reaches 6,000 throughout the national territory (50% more than in 2021). 30% of these caregivers are specialized exclusively in caring for children, 15% exclusively in caring for the elderly and the rest, 55%, are versatile: they can care for both children and the elderly.

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FI Group contributes to the launch of the third NextGenerationEU Guide

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The third edition of the report has already been published “NextGenerationEU Guide, for the industry to better understand and take advantage of its opportunities”. As usual, it has been published by the EAIC (European Association of Innovation Consultants), of which FI Group is a part.

The report, which once again included the participation of the FI Group, explains how each of the 24 European countries distributes the almost 326 billion European aid granted in their National Recovery and Resilience Plans.

The latest update of the report highlights the maximum financial contribution that corresponds to each Member State, calculated taking into account the growth in real GDP in 2020 and the accumulated growth in real GDP in the period 2020-2021.

Most Member States saw their maximum financial contribution in the aid component of their Recovery plans decrease, due to changes in the calculations made in June 2022, based on real GDP growth data. The only countries that saw their funds increased were Czech Republic, Germany, Spain, Italy, Austria Y Portugal.

Main updates and news reported by Member States

  • The implementation of the Recovery and Resilience Plans is in full swing: calls have been launched to receive proposals, projects are being evaluated and aid agreements are being signed.
  • Member States have started work on the review of plans, following the decision made on June 30, 2022 on the final distribution of funds; some of the new plans are still being evaluated (for example: more funds in Lithuania to boost energy independence, renewable energy and cybersecurity).
  • The report also highlights the main calls for proposals launched in each of the 24 Member States (for digitization, innovation, circular economy, etc.), both those active right now and those planned soon.
  • Some of the Member States (Finland for example) have already distributed all the funds allocated to them in their Recovery and Resilience Plans.

Alejandro Álvarez, Grants Director at FI Group, as well as a member of the EAIC Board and coordinator of this report, highlights that it is a unique initiative at a European level. “We have been following the development of the Recovery and Resilience Plans since the start of the negotiations and have managed to offer comprehensive information on the opportunities that are emerging across Europe. Building on the success of this pioneering initiative, we are looking to broaden the focus of the report to provide an even more valuable overview of the opportunities for all key players in the industry.” explains Alvarez.

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Bring Your Own License is now part of the Nutanix on OVHcloud portfolio

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OVHcloud has recently included the option to use Bring Your Own License or BYOL in its portfolio of Nutanix on OVHcloud solutions.

The Nutanix users they can now bring their existing Nutanix Cloud Platform licenses to dedicated OVHcloud Hosted Private Cloud infrastructures, making it easier for them to transition to the cloud. OVHcloud, which recently received the Nutanix EMEA Service Provider of the Year award, continues to expand its offer of Nutanix on OVHcloud solutions with the addition of the BYOL offer to complement the existing pack offer.

Existing Nutanix customers and partners can now bring their Nutanix Cloud Platform licenses to Nutanix-certified High Grade HCI Intel dedicated servers, benefiting from license portability and application migration transparency. Customers’ Nutanix hyper-converged environment (HCI) is pre-installed in just hours and ready to use with their custom infrastructure.

The Nutanix on OVHcloud solution enables a faster migration of on-premises applications to the cloud, while benefiting from OVHcloud infrastructures. With a low carbon footprint and best-in-class PUE and WUE indices, the OVHcloud infrastructure stands out for its global sustainability, thanks to a circular group approach that allows for maximum optimization of the server’s life cycle. In addition, OVHcloud data centers meet high data protection and security standards.

“We are delighted to continue our strong partnership with Nutanix, addressing new use cases and providing new business opportunities for our ecosystem partners”says Sylvain Rouri, Chief Sales Officer at OVHcloud.

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User needs

This new offering allows OVHcloud to meet the needs of users, covering seasonal peaks in infrastructure demand and developing disaster recovery plans (DRPs), all while providing a cost-effective solution. Like the Nutanix on OVHcloud bundle offer, the BYOL offer consists of 27 variants of dedicated servers and Nutanix High Grade HCI certified servers based on Intel processors and includes inbound and outbound traffic, helping to improve OPEX for significant savings compared to non-hyperconverged infrastructure as a service (IaaS).

“As a company, we continually demonstrate the power of strong partnerships. OVHcloud already has an excellent understanding of our technology with its existing Nutanix on OVHcloud solution. For this reason, it makes sense for us to expand our relationship to include a BYOL offering.”says Dom Poloniecki, Worldwide Sales Chief of Staff and Head of Sales Strategy & Operations at Nutanix. “The real winners here are our common customers and partners who are looking for cost-effective ways to scale to an OPEX model in the cloud, but who, to date, have not yet made the switch from an on-premises environment. With OVHcloud and Nutanix, they have the best of both worlds.”

The Nutanix on OVHcloud solution is a scalable and ready HCI platform to use that is offered both as a pack and BYOL, and is based on a dedicated Hosted Private Cloud OVHcloud infrastructure certified by Nutanix. It is now available online in EMEA and Canada, with data centers located in Canada, France, Germany and the UK.

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