Originally Posted by FDisk
4 GPUs isn't all that new. When 3DFx was still in the market and had it's Voodoo3 line out they were building a V3-6000, with 4 GPUs on one board. Needless to say that the card never made it to the shelves.
But when NVidia purchased 3DFx along with it's R&D section, they got the technology as well.
Exactly, we shouldn't be too surprised that this was coming soon, only didn't know the timing. When AMD first began talking about dual core CPUs in 2002, we have to begin to expect that sooner or later Dual GPU graphics boards will be in the offering, considering the history of 3DFx.
The writing has been on the wall for a long time, since in the long term, the way to dramatically improve performance of CPU or GPU is not to increase the clock by lengthening the pipeline, which will only lead to unfeasible thermal envelope. The only sane way to keep GPUs at a reasonable temperature and increase performance 2x every 12 months like it's been in the last 5 years is to increase the number of cores.
Edit: The temp on a 5900U was already getting a little unbearable.