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    Nvidia: we won't create any SLI driver profiles after Jan 2021

    However, some games and apps will still be developed for multi-GPU use within the code.
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    Re: Nvidia: we won't create any SLI driver profiles after Jan 2021

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    Re: Nvidia: we won't create any SLI driver profiles after Jan 2021

    bang goes the old "tide myself over a couple of generations by getting a 2nd hand card to SLI" route. That said, when was the last time people regularly did that? Most tests no longer look too closely at SLI and people don't seem too fussed so I don't think it's as much of a thing these days.

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    Re: Nvidia: we won't create any SLI driver profiles after Jan 2021

    Curious as to how this might impact gpu rendering etc, some of them could use the sli bonding to double the memory etc.. I'm guessing it's going to still be supported (at least on quadro) but this might actually hurt 'small businesses' that choose to use geforce/titan over quadro....

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    Re: Nvidia: we won't create any SLI driver profiles after Jan 2021

    Given my experiences with Nvidia and SLI support, this not really a biggy thing as there SLI support somewhat shocking to start with :-/ I cannot even clock mine to the same OC in SLI for odd reason and can clock them as single cards much much more and Games are hit or miss on the SLI use again have to settle for mixed performance depending on the game. Think DX12 brought to table multi GPU use without SLI links so hopefully some will follow that route but we probably in an era where it too problematic for there programmers skillset. I can still see myself possibly multi GPU for scenarios of outside game use but would not need SLI capabilities for that but equally not sure any games really out there warranting only beneficial to a subset of pro users/games not joe normal.

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    Re: Nvidia: we won't create any SLI driver profiles after Jan 2021

    with MCM chiplets on the way makes sense tbh

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    Re: Nvidia: we won't create any SLI driver profiles after Jan 2021

    the price of two cards is not worth it due to in general bad yields frome the factories that drives the prices up high for even a medium range GFX card.

    SLI was the thing with a Voodoo card and a VGA card or 2 Voodoo Cards with one VGA.

    That was the good old days...

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    Re: Nvidia: we won't create any SLI driver profiles after Jan 2021

    Probably not worth it as you would need a 1200W PSU to probably run a pair of GTX3080 GPUs,and a case which could handle the heat.


    Those despicable Elk,stealing the pond weed!

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    Re: Nvidia: we won't create any SLI driver profiles after Jan 2021

    Thank god, now maybe we can quit paying for SLI boards that never get used. I have never known a person with 2 cards. I built a few workstations with them, but no gamers.

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    Re: Nvidia: we won't create any SLI driver profiles after Jan 2021

    Quote Originally Posted by nobodyspecial View Post
    Thank god, now maybe we can quit paying for SLI boards that never get used. I have never known a person with 2 cards. I built a few workstations with them, but no gamers.
    i was the opposite. I bought 2 cards to SLI and failed to buy the right mobo. It worked out ok in the end as I think the sata3 hotswap has been more useful to me overall. plus the 2nd card ended up in my other machine so my wife and I can game together.

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    Re: Nvidia: we won't create any SLI driver profiles after Jan 2021

    I have never ever used SLI, always prefered using one single card

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    Re: Nvidia: we won't create any SLI driver profiles after Jan 2021

    Quote Originally Posted by ik9000 View Post
    bang goes the old "tide myself over a couple of generations by getting a 2nd hand card to SLI" route. That said, when was the last time people regularly did that? Most tests no longer look too closely at SLI and people don't seem too fussed so I don't think it's as much of a thing these days.
    I've never done that

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    Re: Nvidia: we won't create any SLI driver profiles after Jan 2021

    Does anyone read the article these days? SLI isn't totally dead, they're just leaving it to game developers as sorting out that stuff is part of modern low-level APIs now

    Quote Originally Posted by LSG501 View Post
    Curious as to how this might impact gpu rendering etc, some of them could use the sli bonding to double the memory etc.. I'm guessing it's going to still be supported (at least on quadro) but this might actually hurt 'small businesses' that choose to use geforce/titan over quadro....
    You can't share memory over SLI, there's not enough bandwidth over the connection - for GPU rendering adding a second card "only" gets you twice the throughput

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    Re: Nvidia: we won't create any SLI driver profiles after Jan 2021

    The 3080 doesnt even have an SLI connector, but i believe the 3090 does?

    it was too niche anyway for gaming, and for compute there's newer tech that does a better job

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    Re: Nvidia: we won't create any SLI driver profiles after Jan 2021

    My 970 SLI setup was a great way to get massive performance for a low cost. I bought one card when it came out, and another second hand a year or so later. Clearly not great for nvidia's business (although if the market was more competitive, it might be a competitive advantage).

    But yeah, both AMD and Nvidia have been killing off SLI for a while now.

    In reality, I'd say that multi-GPU is now dead for gaming until such a time where it becomes implicit/easy to do. Writing multi-threaded asynchronous application code in modern languages is easy these days, the same needs to happen with the graphics APIs. Until then, console port developers aren't going to be bothered with it, and for the few quality software houses that do produce explicit mgpu code, it's not worth the expense for consumers for the small number of games to support it.

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