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Poll Results: What is your opinion towards SLI after trying it?

 
  • 66% (30)
    >It's totally worth it. Would do again in all my next builds.
  • 15% (7)
    >It's worth it. The pros are bigger than the cons.
  • 4% (2)
    >It's not really worth it. Sometimes I've had trouble making it run correctly.
  • 13% (6)
    >It's not worth it at all. The extra cost, heat, power are not worth the uncertainty of games allowing SLI or not.
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post #101 of 102
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Originally Posted by Rylo View Post

As far as I know, the 690 operates as a single GPU, thus negating the need for SLI support from program devs or Nvidia.

Perhaps somebody with a 690 could confirm?

Dual GPU Nvidia cards all use internal SLi. If you disable SLi in Nvidia control panel, half of the card will stop working and you will effectively have a really overpriced inferior product... or a totally non-working card, depends on the card and application.
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First time dual GPU. Still waiting on any of the problems I've read in the past about SLI or dual GPU. Love it and not going back to single card if I could help it in the future either. More performance. smile.gif
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Originally Posted by zalbard View Post

After the stutter-fest and poor scaling of 6970 in Crossfire, GTX 690 is flat out smooth and amazing. Nvidia is doing a great job with SLI nowadays.
Frame metering and drivers are to thank for that, I think.
Your 8800s are ancient. SLI doubles performance at best, you can't expect it to magically make things run 10x faster...
Devs are just getting a bit lazy because even without SLI most games easily run at over 60 fps. Can't say I agree with their idea, though.

Definetly the frame metering mechanism on the 690 on a hardware level that syncs frames rendered between the GPU's like a traffic cop. Smooth as a single card. biggrin.gif

Truth is SLI is not like the past anymore. This year Nvidia did a better with SLI and scaling SLI performance. Games come with SLI support now BEFORE game releases it seems way more often. Support for SLI comes in quicker turn around times with drivers. As it's becoming more mainstream the gaming market is starting to paying attention.

As 120 Hz and 1440 monitors become more mainstream you'll find one GPU isn't almost cutting it any longer as we're now finding in the first game to push our GPU's in a long time Crysis 3.
     
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