Best Graphics Card for Sli

Best Graphics Card for Sli – Scalable Link Interface or SLI is the brand name for Nvidia’s multi-GPU technology established for linking up two or more graphics cards into a single output using a parallel processing algorithm.

It sounds like a mouthful, but it’s a really cool piece of technology that has also been used by their competitors, AMD, with their CrossFire brand, and it’s worth talking about.

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1.EVGA GeForce GTX TITAN X

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EVGA is one of the top NVIDIA authorized partners in channel sales throughout North America. Based on the philosophy of intelligent innovation, market knowledge, and the real time operation, EVGA continues to identify the need in the market place and providing the solution to that need.

By offering product differentiation, 24/7 tech support, a 90 day Step-Up program, and other customer focused programs, EVGA is a clear leader in all categories: etail, retail, distribution, and system builders. With headquarters in Brea, CA, EVGA’s global coverage includes EVGA GmbH in Munich, EVGA LATAM in Miami, and EVGA Hong Kong.

Eight months ago Nvidia released its latest GPU architecture with the line of GTX 900 series cards

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2.NVIDIA Titan RTX

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The Titan RTX launch was decidedly unceremonious. Members of the tech press knew that the card was coming but didn’t receive one to test. Nvidia undoubtedly knew its message would be obscured by comparisons drawn between Titan RTX and the other TU102-based card, GeForce RTX 2080 Ti, in games.

Based on a complete TU102 processor, Titan RTX was bound to be faster than the GeForce in all benchmarks, regardless of discipline But even as gamers ponder the effect of an extra four Streaming Multiprocessors on their frame rates, we all know that Titan RTX wasn’t intended for those folks.

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3.MSI Gaming GeForce GTX 1660 Ti

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This is close to the same price that the GTX 1060 first launched at, back in 2016 , and it competes directly with the current cost of several AMD Radeon RX 590 8GB models making the rounds today.

The model we tested for this review was MSI’s GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Gaming X 6GB, which retails for  MSRP,  more than the most basic versions of the GTX 1660 Ti. The extra cost is due to MSI’s custom cooling hardware and from-the-factory boosted clock speeds.

MSI pushes this card from Nvidia’s suggested base clocks of 1,500MHz/1,700MHz (base/boost) in the standard edition to 1,500MHz/1,875MHz in the Gaming X. Aside from the clock-speed uptick, RGB bling, and increased cooling capacity, however, all other aspects of the Gaming X remain the same as what you would see in other third-party GTX 1660 Ti cards.

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4.Nvidia Tesla K80 24GB GDDR5

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The Tesla K80 was a professional graphics card by NVIDIA, launched on November 17th, 2014. Built on the 28 nm process, and based on the GK210 graphics processor, in its GK210-885-A1 variant, the card supports DirectX 12. The GK210 graphics processor is a large chip with a die area of 561 mm² and 7,100 million transistors. Tesla K80 combines two graphics processors to increase performance. It features 2496 shading units, 208 texture mapping units, and 48 ROPs, per GPU.

NVIDIA has paired 24 GB GDDR5 memory with the Tesla K80, which are connected using a 384-bit memory interface per GPU (each GPU manages 12,288 MB). The GPU is operating at a frequency of 562 MHz, which can be boosted up to 824 MHz, memory is running at 1253 MHz (5 Gbps effective).
Being a dual-slot card, the NVIDIA Tesla K80 draws power from 1x 8-pin power connector, with power draw rated at 300 W maximum.

This device has no display connectivity, as it is not designed to have monitors connected to it. Tesla K80 is connected to the rest of the system using a PCI-Express 3.0 x16 interface. The card measures 267 mm in length, and features a dual-slot cooling solution.

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5.PNY XLR8 GeForce 8800 GT

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We explained the 8800 GT’s 112 stream processor configuration by pointing out that there were only 7 groups of SPs enabled, rather than the 8 used in the G80, and speculated another cluster of unused SPs was lurking inside the GPU.  Then a month later, the 8800 GTS was refreshed and our suspicions were proved true.

The new 8800 GTS 512 has more in common with the 8800 GT than the previous cards in the 8800-series because of its new PCB design and the G92 as its core, but with the newly refreshed GTS all 8 groups of stream processors were enabled, for a grand total of 128.  Rather than offering 320MB and 640MB frame buffers though, the new 8800 GTS 512, as its name suggests, comes with 512MB of memory due to its 256-bit memory interface.

Core and memory clock speeds were also raised as well to keep fill rate and bandwidth as high as possible.  And today we’re going to look at an 8800 GTS 512 in full retail trim courtesy of PNY Technologies.

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Best Graphics Card for Sli – A friend of mine actually fried his motherboard thinking that just because he had enough slots, he could insert graphics cards and just boot up the computer. Okay, that was me. But still, there are a few more requirements than just a couple of open PCI-Express x16 slots.

First, you must check if the motherboard is SLI compatible. This is a really vital step, so be careful, especially because some motherboards support SLI, others CrossFire, or both, or neither. Of course, if you’re only going for a two-card setup, then cards can be configured to work in SLI mode.

Secondly, you need identical graphics cards. Hooking up a GTX 1080 and GTX 1070 won’t work, despite their similarities. They need to be the same model and series, although it’s possible to get them from a different manufacturer.

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