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post #31 of 53
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Originally Posted by axiumone View Post

Got it, thank you Jacob!

That answers one of the questions. The test was done using one ribbon cable vs the hb bridge.
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SLI the GeForce GTX 1080 will utilize both SLI interface connectors, commonly referred to as "SLI fingers", using a new High Bandwidth SLI Bridge (SLI HB Bridge).

This combined SLI interface runs at 650MHz when the new SLI HB Bridge is utilized

Yeah from nvidia's page, basically the new bridge uses both sets of fingers, so can you use two ribbons and if not why?
Edited by CasualCat - 6/21/16 at 1:18pm
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post #32 of 53
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Yeah from nvidia's page, basically the new bridge uses both sets of fingers, so can you use two ribbons and if not why?

I compared both in my system and didn't see any noticeable difference. Games felt just as smooth using either method. Of course I don't have the means to do actual fcat testing to confirm for sure.
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post #33 of 53
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I compared both in my system and didn't see any noticeable difference. Games felt just as smooth using either method. Of course I don't have the means to do actual fcat testing to confirm for sure.

Do you have a multimeter by chance?
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post #34 of 53
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Do you have a multimeter by chance?

I do, though my experience in using one is below a novice. If you guide me through, I'll gladly help.
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post #35 of 53
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I do, though my experience in using one is below a novice. If you guide me through, I'll gladly help.

I was mainly interested in checking the continuity between the two. It'd be a bit quite tedious. Basically I'm curious if the fingers are interconnected or if the pinout is the same, but I've not actually seen a pinout diagram for SLI anywhere online. If the fingers are cross connected it would explain why just using two standard ribbons wouldn't work. Not a huge deal though.

edit: The cynic in me suspects the only reason two ribbons don't work is because Nvidia wants to sell people this bridge, and the card is doing some sort of check that disables simultaneous use of the fingers unless the new bridge is present.
Edited by CasualCat - 6/21/16 at 1:48pm
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post #36 of 53
From the way I understand it the card knows if you are using one of the 650mhz HB bridges and adjusts itself accordingly. So you can use the 400 mhz bridges without a problem but you still end up needing to use the pci-e for communication between the cards since they go into old school mode when you use the 400mhz bridge.
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post #37 of 53
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Frametime


11520*2160

For surround 4K monitors, sure.

4K 60, normal bridge is apparently fine. I wouldn't expect frame-time issues if the bandwidth in AFR mode does exceed the specs of the normal bridge.
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post #38 of 53
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So overall it is an improvement. In general frame times are slightly reduced and they are significantly more consistent.

In 4k Surround. No improvement in single screen 60 Hz 4k.

And to be honest the GPU power just isn't there for triple 4k gaming, so I don't see how this is anything other than hot air from the marketing department to sell overpriced SLI bridges to people who don't know any better.
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In 4k Surround. No improvement in single screen 60 Hz 4k.

And to be honest the GPU power just isn't there for triple 4k gaming, so I don't see how this is anything other than hot air from the marketing department to sell overpriced SLI bridges to people who don't know any better.

What about 2560 x 1440 @ 144Hz, lots of people running those with SLI. Supposedly regular SLI bridge is not enough for that either?
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Good to know about the HB Bridge performance and compatibility with EK Waterblocks.

Strongly considering a single 1080 to replace my 780 Ti SLI setup, with plans to get another 1080 down the track.
Running 3x 1080p in surround, and the multi-projection feature (Compensation for the peripheral screen angle) of the 10xx series is an attractive selling point for me.
Also seeing some limitations on the 3GB VRAM and DX12 isn't looking like it's going to sort out in time!
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