Saturday, September 29th 2007

NVIDIA Triple SLI: the “Ultimate Gaming Platform”

It looks like NVIDIA could be readying its new triple SLI platform if a slide published by Expreview is to be believed. The new three-way SLI will allow users to use three NVIDIA graphics cards simultaneously to run demanding 3D applications, although there are still very few details about it at present. The technology is being branded as “The new Ultimate Gaming Platform” by NVIDIA, and will work using a new three-way SLI bridge connector, with NVIDIA’s nForce 680i and 780i being the first chipsets to support it. If this slide is for real, then the GeForce 8800 Ultra and GTX will be the only cards capable of triple SLI to start with, but presumaby more will follow soon after – if triple SLI is more successful than quad SLI that is (which was largely let down by poor drivers). ATI is also planning to use three graphics cards with its CrossFire technology in the near future, where one card is expected to be dedicated to physics processing.

Source: X-bit labs
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83 Comments on NVIDIA Triple SLI: the “Ultimate Gaming Platform”

#1
Weer
OMG, yes!!

Now I will have 3 8800 Ultras, instead of 2!

I'm looking at 120 FPS in Crysis @ 1920x1200 with 4AA.
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#2
HookeyStreet
Eat, sleep, game!
This just getting ridiculous now! The PC gamer = SUCKA!
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#3
AshesOfThePlope
freaking awesome good thing i decided to wait for a new graphics card in this case "cards":toast:
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#4
Weer
Not in 6 months when the 8800 GTX costs 200$. Then you'd have 1.5x 9800 GTX performance.
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#5
Fuse-Wire
how the hell are you ment to cool all that graphic power? i wouldnt dare try to overclock!!
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#6
Weer
by: Fuse-Wire
how the hell are you ment to cool all that graphic power? i wouldnt dare try to overclock!!
Yes, that's the only problem.

What you require is a Side-Panel fan bracket blowing air directly onto the stock cooler. It would be best to remove the cooler, but it's not possible with more than 2 cards.
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#7
Fuse-Wire
by: Weer
Yes, that's the only problem.

What you require is a Side-Panel fan bracket blowing air directly onto the stock cooler. It would be best to remove the cooler, but it's not possible with more than 2 cards.
i was just thinking that by looking at it and noticing that there is nowhere really to put any cooling, so yeah woohoo 3 graphics cards at once but Booo because i doubt its safe to OC!!
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#8
jocksteeluk
just think the top line of the next series of card will still beat a tripple sli set up.
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#9
panchoman
Sold my stars!
it surely is a great way to kill all of your pci slots.
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#10
b1lk1
by: HookeyStreet
This just getting ridiculous now! The PC gamer = SUCKA!
We sure are. Not only is this ridiculous, but the amount of heat and power will make it nearly impossible as well. SLI barely functions right so I would expect triple SLI to be horrible like Quad SLI. At best only useful for those of us lucky enough to have 30"+ super high res displays.
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#11
OnBoard
One GPU FTW! I'll be still using one graphics card, when there is OctaSLIs around. If they don't put multible cores in one card, I'm not interested. And I don't meant 2 chips in one card with performancelower and price higher than one card :P Price is more than single fast card, noise & heat is double, the loss in money is double when they are no longer good enough. But of course if you are playing in some 2560 x 1600 resolution, then I understand SLI / CrossFire.
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#12
panchoman
Sold my stars!
i dont think the gpu's will be very cool considering each of the fans is sucking in heat from the top of the gpu, and they are basically warming each other up, and without proper cooling your triple sli could be in trouble

one thing i dont get it why companies dont just release more powerful cards rather then make use like 5 of their old cards combined.
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#13
InfDamarvel
I would think theyd make SLI more efficient before anything. Its not like adding another card now doubles performance.
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#14
panchoman
Sold my stars!
just getting a card that can have the power of 2 8800gtx's is what i prefer, rather then getting 2 gtx's.
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#15
nflesher87
Staff
lol only way to cool that would be to have a super high speed wc'ing loop hooked up to a car radiator that's hanging in your freezer!:laugh:
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#16
panchoman
Sold my stars!
by: nflesher87
lol only way to cool that would be to have a super high speed wc'ing loop hooked up to a car radiator that's hanging in your freezer!:laugh:
agreed :laugh:
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#17
Darksaber
W1zzard's Sidekick
by: panchoman
it surely is a great way to kill all of your pci slots.
exacly...that way you are forced to use onboard audio, wont be able to add a PCI based TV Tuner,...sorry but I am not willing to buy a PC just for gaming. Might as well grab a gaming console then...

cheers
DS
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#18
panchoman
Sold my stars!
by: Darksaber
exacly...that way you are forced to use onboard audio, wont be able to add a PCI based TV Tuner,...sorry but I am not willing to buy a PC just for gaming. Might as well grab a gaming console then...

cheers
DS
lol, thats why they need to come out with ultra powerful cards that use like 25nm that way we got the power of quad 8800ultras on a very heat efficent chip. hey i just though of something. why dont they make multi core gpu's.

sapphires got a start:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102096

2 x1950pro's functioning on one card. this is the kinda stuff we need.
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#19
OnBoard
by: panchoman
why dont they make multi core gpu's.
This is what I'm wondering too, not like atleast ATI/AMD coudn't do it. I'm thinking they have spend too much money & effort on SLI / CrossFire, to give it up now. 55nm core to dual core should be small enough to fit the board and heat/power propably less than a hd2900xt. Anyone in the loop to know if there are dualcore GPU prototypes ?) (not like you could say it, but I'll take the silence as a maybe).
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#20
FAXA
Now where is my sound card gonna go?
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#21
tigger
I'm the only one
fried graphics cards anyone?

how the hell are the first and middle cards supposed to get any air to the fans?
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#22
panchoman
Sold my stars!
by: OnBoard
This is what I'm wondering too, not like atleast ATI/AMD coudn't do it. I'm thinking they have spend too much money & effort on SLI / CrossFire, to give it up now. 55nm core to dual core should be small enough to fit the board and heat/power propably less than a hd2900xt. Anyone in the loop to know if there are dualcore GPU prototypes ?) (not like you could say it, but I'll take the silence as a maybe).
there dual gpu cards, sapphire's got a 2 x1950's on on card, i posted a link to its newegg above somewhere.
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#23
panchoman
Sold my stars!
by: tigger69
fried graphics cards anyone?

how the hell are the first and middle cards supposed to get any air to the fans?
thats what i was saying. the first and second card basically just suck in heat from the other cards. and the 3rd one is sucking metal off of the floor of the case.
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#24
Casheti
That slide looks kinda novice.

Maybe it isn't real...
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#25
panchoman
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by: Casheti
That slide looks kinda novice.

Maybe it isn't real...
what slide?
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