Originally Posted by XXXfire
Sorry, I was terribly unclear. I didn't mean variations of 3x1, but variations of Surround extending a larger array of monitors. 4x1, 5x1, et al.
I've heard very positive reports about Nvidia's implementation, especially in relationship to AMD's notoriously clunky 1st generation alternative. I'm wondering how they plan to expand their support for it. Fast as these GPUs are, there's a relatively narrow scope of application doing justice to their performance capability. Between 3D & massive resolutions, I'm beginning to think the latter is gaining momentum toward popular prominence. I'm wondering when they'll implement the feature for single GPU cards, myself.
I personally am hating the support 3D is getting, primarily because I don't use it, I could if I had the ridiculous glasses, but I am already half blind with astigmatism as it is so glasses on glasses would just... suck comfort wise. I am actually surprise its getting so much attention, while new games have glaring bugs and issues through various sets of drivers. There focus is 100% 3D right now, which is not fair to the rest of us. I wouldn't even mind 50/50%, but lets face it, we are only getting the odd bug fixed that is sent by the community, so they aren't even actively testing their own drivers. That is a trend I faced with 5870 cards, and it really pissed me off, at least nVidia has been delivering on some of the biggest bugs out there.
The Surround feature, as I have mentioned before, has to be the Achilles heel of nVidia drivers. It just feels tact on without much thought and without much testing. For users like me who are constantly switching back and forth it has gotten much, much, much, better with the latest few drivers, but before it was ridiculous bad. I would tell it to go to surround from SLI / 3D Performance mode, and it would just look at me like a puppy in training, totally clueless.
I don't believe there is 4x1, 5x1 support not in Surround, but I do believe with 4 GPUs, you can run a monitor on each GPU. Thats not terrible, but its not what you were getting after, and its a bit ridiculous as a single 5830/5850 could run 3 monitors by themselves without much of an issue. Although I remember it not getting along well in CrossfireX and two monitors at times.
Although AMD have really been pushing CrossfireX and improved the scaling immensely, I keep seeing the technology on nVidia being kept... the same. Its not getting better, its not getting worse, just stagnates. New gpu, old SLI. I am of course not expecting miracles or magic performance, but come on, lets increase the bandwidth, lets increased the scaling factor or something.
I am hoping we see a impressively changed architecture in Maxwell. I don't doubt Keplar will be good, but the performance increases in this last generation were just... not as high as I believe everyone was expecting.
I also don't see the need for such high performance either, don't get me wrong, we have plenty of overkill possible setups, but I don't think that should stop progress, I think eventually, we are going to see co-processors on board GPUs, we are going to see a new SLI architecture, maybe something as simple as two bridges between cards, or something new all together, especially with PCI-E 3.0 unleashes more power consumption, and (I know not necessary) more bandwidth. When we start seeing that, then I bet we will see multi-monitor crazy support by nVidia.Edited by RagingCain - 6/21/11 at 8:46am