If you're putting together a new desktop PC gaming rig, one of the most important choices you'll have to make is whether to opt for an AMD or Nvidia GPU. The two leading graphics chip manufacturers each have their benefits, but never the two shall meet – each company's components simply won't work well with each other. But the wall between both may soon breakdown, as software company Stardock believes it's created a system that will allow the two rival's GPU products to work in tandem.
Speaking to GamesBeat, Stardock CEO Brad Wardell explained that its solution works in tandem with the latest DirectX 12 standard. While he didn't talk specifics on how the system worked, he did reveal that both AMD and Nvidia have been part of the development process, which should hopefully dispel fears that this will end up as vapourware. While he admitted that "they don't love" the idea of their products working side by side (their business model is basically set up to put them at loggerheads, driving brand loyalty), they're being supportive as it potentially could drive up sales of graphics cards for both parties.
That's because as well as offering the mixing of GPU brands, Stardock's solution also claims to work across GPU generations and power tiers. To take Nvidia and its existing multi-card SLI set-up as an example, you currently have to use not only two Nvidia branded cards to make the most of a multi-card rig, but two identical cards. With Stardock's software, you could pair a newer card like a GTX 980ti with a less-powerful GTX 960, and reap the benefits of both. It'd be a cheaper way to tip you up into the higher graphical echelons of PC gaming, without having to fork out several hundred pounds for the newest, most powerful gear.
As a result, the barrier for entry for high-end PC gaming would lower, and there'd likely be a knock-on effect on 4K monitor and VR headset sales, as the power required to use one for gaming at respectable frame rates would be an easy, inexpensive upgrade away. Win-win all round, particularly for those with an older card to recycle. Definitely one for PC gamers to keep an eye on, with the company joining Microsoft at this week's Game Developers Conference in San Francisco to talk about the innovation.