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Unlike a few years ago, GPU makers are not really pushing the use of multiple graphics cards, at least not as heavily as they once were. Even so, NVIDIA has not abandoned the technology. Incidentally, recent driver releases seem to support a checkerboard rendering scheme that can improve performance on SLI setups. This is not a brand new technique. The developers of Rainbow Six Siege used it as a form of anti-aliasing. In addition, Sony added hardware to the PlayStation 4 Pro to support checkerboard rendering. And if you go all the way back to 1993, Doom used a similar technique in the low detail mode. As for NVIDIA, 3DCenter forum member Blaire wrote up a post on his discovery of a checkerboard... Read more...
It has been about a month since NVIDIA officially launched the GeForce RTX 2080 and flagship RTX 2080 Ti. Having thoroughly tested the cards, we know that the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti in particular is a powerhouse; if you want to see how it compares to other high-end graphics cards, you can check out our numbers right here. Today, however, we are going to dig in a little deeper and see how a pair of GeForce RTX 2080 Ti cards perform when linked together in SLI mode over the new second-gen NVLink connectors integrated into NVIDIA Turing cards... The Most Powerful GPUs Available Today -- Dual RTX 2080 Tis With NVLink In this article, we are going to compare the performance of single and dual-card... Read more...
Running multiple graphics cards in SLI or CrossFire was once a point of emphasis by NVIDIA and AMD, respectively, though not so much any more. Will that change NVIDIA's newly announced GeForce RTX cards? Here's the thing—both the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti and GeForce RTX 2080 support NVLink to chain together two or more cards, but it appears the GeForce GTX 2070 does not. A visit to each of the new card's product pages on NVIDIA's website essentially confirm this. There is an NVLink tab on the two higher end cards, but not on the more 'affordable' GeForce RTX 2070's product page. Furthermore, the NVLink description clearly leaves out the GeForce RTX 2070 while mentioning both of the pricier parts.... Read more...
It’s evolving. Alienware’s Area-51 is back with new upgrades to accommodate Intel’s most demanding enthusiast CPU yet – the Core i9-7980XE. Sure, on the surface everything seems similar to previous iterations of the machine, but within something new courses through its veins. The new Alienware Area-51 R5 arrives with liquid cooled GPUs for the first time since the brand was introduced. This is the natural next-step for one of the most powerful gaming desktops. Additional cooling should allow for more performance to be squeezed out of its already impressive hardware to tackle more demanding graphics workloads. The Skylake-X flagship CPU inside is joined by twin NVIDIA GeForce... Read more...
As long as we have been able to cram multiple video cards into our computers, the branding from NVIDIA and AMD had been the same. NVIDIA calls its multi-GPU tech SLI and AMD has coined theirs CrossFire. With the release of the new drivers to allow gamers to put multiple Radeon RX Vega graphics cards inside gaming PCs, that CrossFire branding has been shelved. When AMD announced the new drivers there was no CrossFire mentioned at all, and so PC World asked why. An AMD rep said, "CrossFire isn’t mentioned because it technically refers to DX11 applications. In DirectX 12, we reference multi-GPU as applications must support mGPU, whereas AMD has to create the profiles for DX11. We’ve accordingly... Read more...
If you are a gamer that is still getting by with Windows 8.1 or even Windows 7 as your primary operating system of choice, there are a number of storms that are brewing to rain on your parade. Yesterday, we brought you news that Microsoft is completely shutting down Windows Update for AMD Ryzen and Intel Kaby Lake PCs running the aforementioned operating systems. Today we are hearing that the low-level Vulkan API will not support multiple GPUs on Windows 7 or Windows 8.1. The Dark Side Of Gaming came across the disappointing bit of news when rummaging through Khronos Group’s slides from GDC 2017. One slide entitled “Vulkan Multi-GPU and Virtual Reality Support” clearly points out that “WDDM must... Read more...
When it comes to over-the-top gaming hardware, Acer knows how to put on a show. Such is the case with the monstrous Predator 21 X gaming notebook, which is set to launch next month. Announced today at CES, the Predator 21 X is the world’s first curved screen notebook, and as its name implies, it measures a massive 21 inches diagonally. While the sheer size of the display is impressive, its resolution isn’t. We were expecting to see at least a 4K (3840x2160) display resolution, but instead we’re greeted with a resolution of 2560x1080. The IPS panel supports a 120Hz refresh rate and incorporates NVIDIA G-SYNC technology. The Predator 21 X includes not one, but two GeForce GTX 1080 GPUs in SLI,... Read more...
When NVIDIA announced the new GeForce GTX 1080 and GeForce GTX 1070 graphics cards last month, the company introduced an update to its SLI interface. Dubbed SLI HB Bridge, it offers double the bandwidth compared to the previous generation Maxwell architecture. This enables 2560x1440 gaming at 120+ Hz along with support for 4K/5K gaming and NVIDIA Surround. And as we’ve previously detailed, the SLI HB Bridge operates at 650MHz as opposed to 400MHz with previous SLI bridges. With this in mind, EVGA has some up with its own SLI HB Bridge for gamers looking to boost performance at higher resolutions with dual graphics cards. The EVGA Pro SLI HB Bridge has been designed to work with both the GeForce... Read more...
As much as we’d love to drop everything we're doing and dive in head first with this absolutely HOT piece of hardware that just landed in the lab, there is just too much happening over the next few days with Computex starting, and a handful of high-profile launches to go along with it. In any event, an EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Superclocked Edition card with ACX 3.0 cooling just arrived and we had to give you a little taste of what this beast has in store. Prepare to eat your heart out...  The EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Superclocked is probably the most aggressive-looking card we’ve seen out of EVGA in quite a while. On-board is EVGA’s ACX 3.0 cooling solution, which features dual ball-bearing... Read more...
The developers at Rocksteady Studios have given up on fixing multi-GPU support in Batman: Arkham Knight. Publisher Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment (just WB from here on out) confirmed that was the case when addressing a gamer's question on Steam's community forums. At this point in game's development -- post release for a second time -- cleaning up the code to improve the experience for gamers running SLI and Crossfire configurations is proving too much work for too little payoff. Continuing to develop for mulit-GPU setups could also introduce more problems for all players, and that's not something WB is keen on doing. "We’ve been working with our development and graphics driver partners... Read more...
There have been 75 million Windows 10 installs to date, and though things have mostly gone well, some NVIDIA users are experiencing issues running more than one graphics card. Good news -- NVIDIA this week rolled out a hotfix driver (version 355.80) to address one of the SLI issues that's been plaguing gamers.Specifically, the hotfix addresses "excessive virtual memory consumption for SLI configurations running Windows 10," according to NVIDIA. The hotfix won't eliminate all the issues users have been seeing in Windows 10 when running an SLI configuration, though it should prevent users from seeing "out of memory" errors in games like Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare.The response from SLI users... Read more...
There are plenty of ways to bling out your PC with an LED light show. You can install LED fans, cold cathode tubes, LED strips, and a few other options. Still not enough? Than perhaps you'll be interested to know that NVIDIA, for the first time ever, has begun selling GeForce GTX SLI LED bridges in 2-Way, 2-Way Spaced, and 3-Way Spaced configurations. You may have seen these same LED bridges in configured systems that were showcased during NVIDA's 24-hour PC gaming event called GAME24. Now's your chance to own one. The bridges are designed for GeForce GTX cards with SLI support -- specifically, GeForce GTX 770, GTX 780, GTX 780 Ti, GTX Titan, and GTX Titan Black, along with NVIDIA's recently... Read more...
At GDC a few weeks ago, NVIDIA teased a new set of drivers that it promised would offer huge scaling benefits for both single-GPU and SLI configurations. The new driver, 337.50 Beta, drops today -- so what kind of gains can users expect? If you own a high-end NVIDIA card, apparently quite a bit, especially if you game with multiple GPUs in SLI. NVIDIA is predicting some huge jumps for its high-end range with scaling up 50-70% in some cases. These are an impressive set of gains for NVIDIA's top-end cards, particularly the GTX 770, which remains rather more affordable than the top-end GTX 780 Ti. NVIDIA's own slide deck claims "up to 64% faster single GPU performance," but none of the slides the... Read more...
While AMD just announced a whole new line of graphics cards, which generally results in system builders announcing new configuration options with the impending products inside, at least one boutique builder is going in another direction entirely--all the way in the other direction, actually. Origin PC CEO and co-founder Kevin Wasielewski told us that the company is no longer offering AMD GPUs in its systems and will solely provide NVIDIA graphics options. His reasons were initially vague: “This decision was based on a combination of many factors including customer experiences, GPU performance/drivers/stability, and requests from our support staff. Based on our 15+ years of experience building... Read more...
Calling the Alienware M18x R2 a laptop is like referring to a Harley Davidson as a bicycle. Both have handlebars and ride on two wheels, but when the rubber hits the road, the Harley's going to leave a Schwinn in the rear-view mirror. So it goes with the Alienware system we abducted from Dell. Technically, it's a gaming laptop, but more accurately, it's one hell of a desktop replacement that leaves lesser systems in the dust. Large and in charge, the 2012 model M18x retains the same spacious 18.4-inch LCD panel from last year, but is updated with an Ivy Bridge-based Intel Core i7 processor clocked and two Kepler-based NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680M graphics cards in SLI. It's a potent one-two combo... Read more...
One of the things we like about AVADirect is the extensive catalog of off-the-shelf parts to choose from. In fact, a major advantage of shopping from a boutique system builder as opposed to a bulk OEM is the availability of name brand hardware you'd otherwise buy from Newegg, or wherever it is you purchase your components, when rolling your own rig. But what's somewhat unique to AVADirect is the smorgasbord of brands and models to choose from. The robust selection of hardware makes evaluating an AVADirect system somewhat of a challenge in terms of focus, but it's a good problem to have. In our case, AVADirect pieced together a high-end system from its 'Gaming PC' category, built around Intel's... Read more...
One of the things we like about AVADirect is the extensive catalog of off-the-shelf parts to choose from. In fact, a major advantage of shopping from a boutique system builder as opposed to a bulk OEM is the availability of name brand hardware you'd otherwise buy from Newegg, or wherever it is you purchase your components, when rolling your own rig. But what's somewhat unique to AVADirect is the smorgasbord of brands and models to choose from. It's like being a kid-geek in a candy store. Just browsing AVADirect's selection of tower cases, for example, you'll find that nearly two dozen manufacturers are represented, each one offering several models. Antec alone accounts for 27 tower cases on AVADirect's... Read more...
Asus has never been a company to shy away from offering over-the-top, custom products that command a price premium. Here's proof. Perhaps it’s because the company is large enough, and thus, has the resources to cater to virtually all market segments, big or small. Or perhaps the top brass at Asus just likes inducing slack-jawed stares from PC enthusiasts. Whatever the reason, we hope they keep it up because testing this kind of stuff and showing it to you all is freakin’ fun. A case-in-point is the Asus MARS II graphics card, which packs a full GeForce GTX 580, dual-GPU SLI configuration onto a single PCB. A quick glance at this monolith should reveal to even the most casual... Read more...
Asus has never been a company to shy away from offering over-the-top, custom products that command a price premium. Perhaps it’s because the company is large enough, and thus, has the resources to cater to virtually all market segments, big or small. Or perhaps the top brass at Asus just likes inducing slack-jawed stares from PC enthusiasts. Whatever the reason, we hope they keep it up because testing this kind of stuff and showing it to you all is freakin’ fun. A case-in-point is the Asus MARS II graphics card, which packs a full GeForce GTX 580, dual-GPU SLI configuration onto a single PCB... ASUS MARS II Review: GeForce GTX 580 SLI On One PCB  ... Read more...
We’re all for well-built reference cards that put reliability and compatibility front and center, but there’s just something exciting about an over-the-top custom graphics card that gets our juices flowing. We think many of you probably feel the same, so we couldn’t resist posting some pictures of a graphics card of gargantuan proportions that just landed in the lab. Feast your eyes on the Asus MARS II GeForce GTX 580 SLI...       Asus MARS II Single-Card GeForce GTX 580 SLI The Asus MARS II GeForce GTX 580 SLI’s name tells much of the story—this puppy is sporting a full-on GeForce GTX 580 SLI setup on a single PCB. If you recall, the dual-GPU... Read more...
A few weeks back, NVIDIA broke the news that official SLI support was coming to some future AMD chipset-based motherboards. And the first of those ‘boards has arrived in the HH labs, the Asus CrossHair V Formula. The Asus CrossHair line of motherboards for AMD processors has long been a favorite amongst enthusiast and this latest addition seems poised to carry on the tradition. The CrossHair V Formula is based on the brand new AMD 990FX chipset, which support all current socket AM3 processors and future AM3+ based processors as well.       The Asus CrossHair V Formula AM3+ AMD 990FX-Based Motherboard The Crosshair V Formula will also support both 3-Way NVDIA SLI and... Read more...
There's a scene in Step Brothers where Brennan Huff, played by Will Ferrell, asks Dale Doback, played by John. C. Reilly, "Did we just become best friends?" The answer is an emphatic "Yep!," and the two then decide to go practice karate in the garage. AMD and Nvidia don't live together, nor would we go so far to tag them as BFFs, but the two graphics rivals did just decide to roundhouse the tech industry with a surprise announcement: Nvidia, at long last, is licensing its SLI technology to AMD. It's. About. Time! That's what you're thinking, that's what we're thinking, that's what everyone is thinking. So what exactly took so long for these two to hug out their differences and get on the same... Read more...
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