NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 Series SLI Setup Will Cost You Over $3,000

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If you’re a multi-GPU proponent who wishes to keep that tradition going with NVIDIA’s latest lineup of graphics cards, it’s going to cost you dearly. A comparison chart on the official site has confirmed that NVIDIA’s new NVLink Bridge peripheral is only compatible with the GeForce RTX 3090, which means that SLI is exclusive to the company’s 8K “BFGPU” for the Ampere generation.

Obviously, this is a big problem for those of us who don’t drive Audis and eat caviar all day. A single GeForce RTX 3090 costs $1,499, while the GeForce RTX NVLink Bridge costs $79.99. Do the math. (The correct answer is “yikes.”)

So, did NVIDIA kill multi-GPU with this decision? That’s what a lot of enthusiasts are claiming, but for the immediate future, those GeForce RTX 3090 SLI benchmarks should be very interesting to look at.

Both the GeForce RTX 3090 and its NVLink Bridge accessory will be available on September 24th for $1,499 and $79.99, respectively.

GeForce RTX
3090
GeForce RTX
3080
GeForce RTX
3070
GPU Engine Specs:NVIDIA CUDA® Cores1049687045888
Boost Clock (GHz)1.701.711.73
Memory Specs:Standard Memory Config24 GB GDDR6X10 GB GDDR6X8 GB GDDR6
Memory Interface Width384-bit320-bit256-bit
Technology Support:Ray Tracing Cores2nd Generation2nd Generation2nd Generation
Tensor Cores3rd Generation3rd Generation3rd Generation
NVIDIA ArchitectureAmpereAmpereAmpere
Microsoft DirectX® 12 UltimateYesYesYes
NVIDIA DLSSYesYesYes
PCI Express Gen 4YesYesYes
NVIDIA® GeForce ExperienceYesYesYes
NVIDIA AnselYesYesYes
NVIDIA FreeStyleYesYesYes
NVIDIA ShadowPlayYesYesYes
NVIDIA HighlightsYesYesYes
NVIDIA G-SYNC®YesYesYes
Game Ready DriversYesYesYes
NVIDIA Studio DriversYesYesYes
NVIDIA GPU BoostYesYesYes
NVIDIA NVLink (SLI-Ready)Yes
Vulkan RT API, OpenGL 4.6YesYesYes
HDMI 2.1YesYesYes
DisplayPort 1.4aYesYesYes
NVIDIA Encoder7th Generation7th Generation7th Generation
NVIDIA Decoder5th Generation5th Generation5th Generation
VR ReadyYesYesYes
Display Support:Maximum Digital Resolution (1)7680×43207680×43207680×4320
Standard Display ConnectorsHDMI 2.1, 3x DisplayPort 1.4aHDMI 2.1, 3x DisplayPort 1.4aHDMI 2.1, 3x DisplayPort 1.4a
Multi Monitor444
HDCP2.32.32.3
Founders Edition Card Dimensions:Length12.3″ (313 mm)11.2″ (285 mm)9.5″ (242 mm)
Width5.4″ (138 mm)4.4″ (112 mm)4.4″ (112 mm)
Slot3-Slot2-Slot2-Slot
Founders Edition Thermal Power Specs:Maximum GPU Temperature (in C)939393
Graphics Card Power (W)350320220
Required System Power (W) (2)750750650
Supplementary Power Connectors2x PCIe 8-pin2x PCIe 8-pin1x PCIe 8-pin

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