Nvidia Only Supports 2-Way SLI For Its GTX 10 Series
Last week, Nvidia unveiled its Pascal architecture based GTX 1080 and 1070, and revealed all the info about new graphics card in event. But the detail that got many enthusiast upset was that Nvidia will only be supporting 2-way SLI for their upcoming Pascal generation.
Tech Of Tomorrow’s Elric Phares picked up on this detail and discussed this 2- way SLI in his video.
According to Phares:
At this event, NVIDIA said that… they only support, natively, two cards. You’re welcome to add in as many more as you want, but they’re only supporting two cards in SLI for maximum performance.
Some of you must be confused about maximum performance by only supporting 2-way SLI. Well it is not something dramatic. It does not mean that Nvidia will stop driver support for SLI on older cards, and it definitely doesn’t mean that you can not buy four GTX 1080 together and SLI them together if you wanted to. It is just that Nvidia is done with optimizing performance after a third card in SLI.
Actually, it has been this way for years, 2-way SLI gives the best performance and if you add further cards in the mix you will notice hugely diminishing results in three way SLI and four way SLI. Occasionally, you will also notice a dip in performance with four cards sucking from your PSU and your motherboard, and CPU trying to make sense of it all.
So what Nvidia wanted to say is that they have not changed their approach to SLI optimization, they just want to make it clear that they don’t recommend more than two cards for the SLI.
However, it is a uncharacteristic display from the company that wants people to buy as many of their products as possible.
Do you agree with Nvidia’s decision to only support 2-way SLI?