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They released the Titan Z a while back which was a complete disaster. Otherwise the 690 was the last consumer-grade dual-GPU they released.

Are they planning one for Pascal or do you think we'll never see one again?
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From what I feel, they should be releasing a dual GPU card for this gen due to die shrink and Nvidia has just not released dual GPU card for one gen and that was Maxwell. Of the reasons for it that I can think of, only one comes to mind in that they planned Maxwell for 20nm node, but were forced to use 28nm due to TSMC fussing up. Nvidia may not have felt that the additional resources to be put towards developing a dual GPU card which has far less market than for regular single GPU cards so they may have decided to drop the idea. Besides, even if they had decided to use the 980ti dies, the die's itself on individual cards were selling well enough to block it for dual GPU card configuration.
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Don't think it's worth the engineering effort for them, and dual-GPU (Nvidia or AMD) boards were/are just an exercise in too many compromises.
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I had the EVGA GTX 275 CO-OP and EVGA 560 Ti 2win years ago. I always ran an open case and most people don't know how to cool them. I don't see duals coming back.
    
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I think we're pretty likely to see 1 more generation of dual-gpu cards from one or both gpu makers ... and after that (hopefully) DX12 will advance to the point that multi-gpu setups can be utilized (with similar FPS returns to those we currently get now via AFR)... without the compromises of AFR.

Although ... I'm not 100% convinced that enough 'market' is there for multi-gpu that it'll prove 'worth it' to devs of DX12 (and beyond) to code specifically FOR multi-gpu setups.

I say that because with AFR, devs had to do practically nothing to 'enable' support for multi-gpu (i.e. the current SLI/Xfire implementations), it is really simple and very mature tech. IOW, right now AFR implementations are an awfully cheap/simple way for GPU makers to get people to buy extra GPU's ... without the game devs having to 'do much' ... to make it happen.

But from what I understand, with DX12, although advantages are there technically, a LOT of additional coding work is involved in order make use of >1 GPU in one system ... which leads me to think there's a big ??? as to whether it'll 'catch on' with the people that actually pay those devs.

If I were to guess, I'd say it's probably just about as likely that AFR will come to the DX12 pipeline ... as it is that the DX12 pipeline will make AFR obsolete instead.

I foresee a lotta 'back and forth' between game makers and gpu makers in the near future, put it that way. GPU makers will likely want to keep some tangible incentive to get people to buy >1 card, but game makers will have to be 'convinced' its in THEIR interest to spend the extra bucks to code for multi-gpu specifically, above and beyond simple AFR support.
    
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I had the EVGA GTX 275 CO-OP and EVGA 560 Ti 2win years ago. I always ran an open case and most people don't know how to cool them. I don't see duals coming back.

i ran 9800 gx2 quad sli back when they came out. Them things were blow torches....
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