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How is SLi / CF in last 2 years ?

I've had 3 CF systems and too often it never seems quite smooth so I went to a 980ti then sold it (wish I hadn't).

Now I want a 1180ti or something near it with SLi or CF. So whats 1060 SLi and up, like. And what about AMD 480x CF and up like ?

Also I'm on win7 (could use 8.1 too)

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You can't SLI 1060s officially. You can do a 'hack' to force it, but that's about it. Performance will be poop since it doesn't have room for an SLI bridge and it's doing it through the PCI bus.

https://www.techpowerup.com/forums/t...-cards.158907/

Lower end cards like the GT 1030/1050 might do okay but I still wouldn't waste your time with trying.

Regardless, SLI/Crossfire has always been a crap shoot. When it works, it's nice. But more often than not it scales poorly or not at all and you get bad frame times/microstutters and it's just not worth it.

If you're going to go SLI/Crossfire, go with the highest end card available or don't do it at all IMO

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Well no one wants to admit they ate 9 cans of ravioli while guarding a fake driveway, LOL

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SLI & CF would be fantastic if it was supported by more developers but unfortunately many choose not to allow for it. With the release of Vulkan it is even worse as there is definitely no way you are getting SLI or CF unless the devs wants it, either way we are slave to that.

When games do support it (and do it right) SLI can be fantastic as I run 2x 1080Ti's and it can be bliss. While a 1080Ti tends to run most things on its lonesome, it is nice to have the backup of a second GPU for more demanding applications. In reality what we are seeing these days are better API's and better low level driver optimization which leads to better performance on single cards which is SOME instances negates the need for SLI and CF. I cant argue with that and agree it is the way to go, but it de-values SLI and CF and it is part of the reason IMHO why developers are sidelining it more and more.

Do I think it will die altogether, still hard to tell. I think what will keep it going even if just crawing are the enthusiasts like myself who go SLI with top tier cards ''Just in case'' but call it what you will, perhaps even a waste of money but when I do come up to that one demanding game..it pays off in my mind and makes me happy lol.

One thing that will still keep multiple GPU gaming going is higher resolutions, a single 1080Ti for instance will still struggle at times running 4K when running a demanding game, I think for now that is where SLI/CF shines.


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Well no one wants to admit they ate 9 cans of ravioli while guarding a fake driveway, LOL
well the first one doesn't count, then you get to the second and the third ...

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One thing that will still keep multiple GPU gaming going is higher resolutions, a single 1080Ti for instance will still struggle at times running 4K when running a demanding game, I think for now that is where SLI/CF shines.
This will become even more true as 4K 144hz monitors roll out. As it stands, we will need 1080Tis in SLI to be able to hit those frames and yet still compromise on eye candy. I am optimistic that the top-tier next generation will be enough to drive [email protected] but more than likely it will still require SLI'd top-tier cards. If games are not optimized for SLI, there is simply no way we will be able to achieve 4K at >144 FPS.

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Quote: Originally Posted by Swaggerfeld View Post
This will become even more true as 4K 144hz monitors roll out. As it stands, we will need 1080Tis in SLI to be able to hit those frames and yet still compromise on eye candy. I am optimistic that the top-tier next generation will be enough to drive [email protected] but more than likely it will still require SLI'd top-tier cards. If games are not optimized for SLI, there is simply no way we will be able to achieve 4K at >144 FPS.

What are your thoughts on this?
Even the Titan v can't do 4K SLI all the time at 144hz with settings maxed. We probably won't see anything faster this year either.

Multi GPU is still going to be required for 4K at high refresh rates.

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Even the Titan v can't do 4K SLI all the time at 144hz with settings maxed.
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This will become even more true as 4K 144hz monitors roll out. As it stands, we will need 1080Tis in SLI to be able to hit those frames and yet still compromise on eye candy. I am optimistic that the top-tier next generation will be enough to drive [email protected] but more than likely it will still require SLI'd top-tier cards. If games are not optimized for SLI, there is simply no way we will be able to achieve 4K at >144 FPS.

What are your thoughts on this?
In reality you have to ask yourself if 144FPS is perceivable. Now over 60 FPS I can tell a difference, hence why having a monitor capable of 60Hz + makese sense. However could I really see the benefit in 144FPS, is it something I would perceive and thus see a benefit in having that capability ? The main driver here for me is 4K smooth gameplay. If I can achieve 4K smoothly with no obvious lag/stutter or frame drop then I am a happy camper whether it be 144 FPS or otherwise.

So for me the frame rate at 4K does not need to be in the 144 region for me to be happy, hence why 4K with 1080Ti in SLI I believe will do me for a good while. The determining factor for me as to how many FPS I get at 4K to play smoothly will be how demanding the game is I am running. Once I reach the point of the game is the determining factor...that is when I upgrade as opposed to making sure I can run to the full benefit of the monitors refresh rate, I personally think that chase is close to pointless as there is only so much you are going to benefit due to the human eye and each persons perceptions.


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seems like the games that need it don't support it

I beat Quantum Break (demanding title) this year, had to use one 1080

Apparently Final Fantasy doesn't support it nor does AC: Origins

So yea...

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