X-bit Labs reports that NVIDIA is working on some new SLI technology that'll not only cut power consumption, but boost performance (sort of) as well. Key to this so-called Hybrid SLI technology are two different operating modes that kick in depending on the application: a Power Saving mode that switches off the discrete graphics core when it's not needed, and a Max Performance mode that turns on the juice for games or other demanding applications. In addition to desktops, NVIDIA also sees this solution as a boon to laptops, which could take advantage of the low power mode when on battery power, and kick into high gear when plugged in. Unfortunately, NVIDIA isn't sayin' too much else at the moment, but it is promising that the first Hybrid SLI-based systems will be available "late this year."

[Thanks, Mack S]

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