8. The future
So what does the future holds for us? NVidia is surely on edge over Crossfire's features and there's not much that can be done to improve SLI other than reorganize it from the start. That leaves us waiting for SLI2, which currently only exists as a rumour and will not arrive anytime in the near future.
NVidia once again managed to lead the way with the reincarnation of MultiGPU but ATi, judging from SLI's mistakes, seems to be coming up with a more sophisticated solution. Nvidia's only answer to Crossfire was the recent release of the 7800GTX and its SLI benchmarks, breaking all records for yet another time.
The first RADEON X850 CrossFire Edition cards are already in production and will become available around mid-July. The X800 CE will come a little later in the first weeks of August.
The next major thing is going to be the R520 and its still secret specifications. As no Crossfire X800 or X850 will ever reach the 7800GTX SLI performance, the R520 is expected to do this dirty work. The R520 based cards will no doubt support Crossfire and there's going to be another ultra high performance fight with dual cards from both sides.
For more info on Crossfire and extensive benchmark results, the only thing we can do is wait a few more days, to get our hands on the first Crossfire hardware and we'll be back with our findings.