Intel's Bloomfield platform gets both Crossfire and SLI capability with the help of nForce 200 MCP chips (similar to Skulltrail). NVIDIA nForce northbridge chipset for Bloomfield unlikely.
|According to some recent eastern reports, the stars have finally aligned and while hell didn't freeze over and the four horsemen of the apocalypse have yet to reach Earth, Nvidia and Intel actually managed to reach an agreement, or better yet, a compromise regarding the QPI (QuickPath Interconnect) license and SLI support for the upcoming Nehalem platforms.
For starters, Nvidia got its QPI license and will be able to make chipsets for Intel's future platforms but it will apparently skip the Bloomfield platform, at least at first and focus its nForce releases on the 2009-bound LGA1160 Lynnfield/Cleaksfield platform.
As for Intel's high-end LGA1366 Bloomfield setup, it will serve both CrossFireX and SLI support, the latter being possible with the including of Nvidia's BR-04 nForce 200 chips on X58 motherboards. It's not exactly the best solution but at least it will enable users to choose what multi-GPU configuration they want (like Skulltrail just cheaper).
The Bloomfield platform is expected to debut in the fourth quarter of this year.