Here's a different kind of motherboard that not only may appeal to DIY system builders but also possibly to desktop manufacturers. Asus is showing off at Computex a "concept" board that includes an ATI Radeon discrete graphics card built onto it, as well as Lucid Hydra technology that allows that Radeon card to work in tandem with another graphics card, regardless of whether it's ATI or Nvidia.
Depending on who's reporting, the Immensity motherboard is sporting a Radeon 5450 (Hexus.net) or a Radeon HD 5770 (Bit-Tech.net). It features an Intel LGA1366 socket and supports X58-based chipsets. It also comes with the Hydra chip, which is able to yoke together different types of graphics cards as opposed to requiring two or more of the same card like Nvidia's SLI or ATI's CrossFireX.
Obviously, you won't get optimum performance, but it can help breathe new life into an older card or give you an extra boost without you have to drop even more money on two new graphics cards. And since Immensity comes with a pair of PCI Express 2.0 x16 slots, you would be able to get your pick of new card.
Don't get too excited, though, as Asus has not determined whether it's going to bring this bad boy to market or not. So there's obviously no pricing info or availability details to pass along. If nothing else, it's encouraging that companies like Asus and MSI are taking Lucid's Hydra seriously, as it's exactly the type of technology that sounds great but then never makes any inroads. It's too soon to say how successful Hydra will be, but there may be hope for your old graphics card yet.