updated 04:15 pm EST, Thu November 6, 2008
No hybrid graphics in Win7
A Thursday report warns Microsoft's upcoming Windows 7 operating system will not support hybrid dual-graphics systems currently on the market from NVIDIA and AMD. The news came after a review of Microsoft's Guidelines for Graphics in Windows 7 document released on Wednesday, which read Windows 7 will not offer native support for the systems, listing unstable and poor user experience as reasons for the exclusion. The software make added it would 'strongly discourage system manufacturers from shipping such systems' and noted these systems would require a reboot to switch between GPUs.
AMD's Hybrid CrossFireX is meant to complement integrated graphics chips to increase video processing performance, while NVIDIA's Hybrid SLI saves power as it switches from a dedicated graphics processor to an integrated one to save power. A dual-GPU Hybrid SLI graphics processor that will increase video performance using non-identical chips is currently under development.