By Chris Scott Barr
When one sits down to look at motherboards for a new system, there are a lot of things to take into consideration. You have to make sure you’re getting the right socket for your processor, that it’ll accept the right type of RAM, and whether or not you want to mess with integrated graphics. The last one is generally a no-brainer. Unless you’re building a workstation that won’t be doing any gaming or video-intensive work, you’re going to want to slap in a dedicated video card.
Asus is wanting to change this idea, and are taking the first steps by integrating (comparatively) high-end graphics cards into one of their motherboards. This week at Computex they showed off such a board with an integrated 5770 GPU, which can keep pace with most of the latest PC titles. What’s more, is that the board is equipped with a HYDRA chip, which allows you to plug in another graphics card and run them both together, similar to SLI or Crossfire mode.
The question here is whether or not you would want to mess with having an on-board GPU this powerful. I suppose if the price were right, then that would certainly help. It could also be useful for those building smaller gaming rigs to take to LAN parties and such. The board is still currently in development, so we’ve still got some time to see how this plays out.