pentiumspeed wrote on 2023-03-01, 00:55:
What I mean about your experiences with bad and good SLI setups, I have not yet built it up yet. […]
Yawnald wrote on 2023-03-01, 00:24:
pentiumspeed wrote on 2023-02-25, 23:39:
Do you know the details to set up a SLI rig that will behave well?
I have two GTX 580 cards.
Are you having a specific problem with your setup? Tearing and skips?
What are the rest of the specs? Which games?
What I mean about your experiences with bad and good SLI setups, I have not yet built it up yet.
The information out there by google is full of doo doo's like don't do SLI blah blah, I'm not satisified with their talk, what I wanted is actual experineces with bad and good, in some cases fixed the issues?
Having fun with Nvidia SLi is a mindset, I guess. The most important thing you can do is temper your expectations and be ready to tweak and troubleshoot. There are quite a few titles out there that work almost flawlessly out of the box, but there's even more that require tweaking. NV Profile Inspector will be your friend. People always like to poo poo on stuff they don't understand, and listening to someone bash it without having any first hand experience gets old.
My "bad" setups were mostly hardware problems. They required throwing even more money at an already expensive setup. For example, I had a brand new triple GTX 280 setup that was drawing a PC Power and Cooling 1KWSR PSU down enough to cause random instability. It was so sporadic, tough to nail down. Once I narrowed it down, I had to splash out for a PCP&C 1200 watt unit. Another time, I had three GTX 285s running on a first gen Asus P6T7 Supercomputer board. The first gen boards didn't have a supplementary connector of any kind on board for pcie slot power. Well, eventually it caused the 24 pin ATX connector to get hot enough to discolor. The instability started soon after. Solution was purchasing a gen 2 P6T7, which had a supplementary molex on board, and I also switched from the PCP&C 1200 watt PSU to a Corsair AX1200, which happens to be the same unit in use in the pictures of my triple 480 setup. Later down the line in 2012, I built a dual GTX 690 quad GPU setup that just never played nice. It sure was pretty, though. Sandy Bridge-E S2011 stuff. This was my third quad setup, I had a dual Radeon 5970 and a quad 7970 before it. Both were decent.
These problems sucked because the systems were still current, and the parts weren't cheap at all. Now that multi-GPU is long dead, these parts just keep on getting cheaper and cheaper. Great time to tinker with an older SLi setup, IMO! Don't wait too long, though. I'm afraid that, just like the older stuff, this gear will eventually start to come up in price again. Dive in, have fun, and ENJOY the heat and noise!