Nvidia’s RTX cards are coming to retailers soon, meanwhile most of the prominent reviewers have already received their review units. We have already seen quite a few comprehensive reviews, but not a lot of SLI benchmarks.
Nvidia is trying to make SLI relevant in gaming again. With the release of the GTX 10 series a few years ago, we did see massive performance improvements, so SLI kind of lost it’s relevance. Also, very few games had proper SLI support, due to it’s latency and bandwidth issues. But with the new NVLink bridges, Nvidia is trying to change that. NVLink now offers significantly more bandwidth upto 100GB/s, also there’s very less latency with the new bridges, which makes it easier for the developers to implement proper support for multiple cards.
JayZTwoCents is a very prominent hardware enthusiast and reviewer on YouTube and has over 1.6 Million subscribers. He recently tested out two Nvidia RTX 2080Ti‘s in SLI, and the results were staggering.
The test bench consisted of the i9-7980XE, 32GBs of RAM and two overclocked MSI RTX 2080Ti’s. All this was powered by a 1600 Watts power supply and the Asus Maximus motherboard.
Starting with Time Spy Extreme, where JayZTwoCents gets a score of 13279, which is the highest score ever recorded with two cards, beating the closest competitor by over 1700 points. The RTX 2080Ti’s also take the top spot in the Firestrike Ultimate benchmark, with 17509 points. Although they take the second spot in Firestrike Extreme, with 30327 points, beaten by a Titan V SLI configuration.
These scores translate to good gaming performance as well, Ghost Recon Widlands delivers around 104FPS on ultra on 4K, which is again a 60% improvement over a single card. Shadow Of The Tomb Raider delivers an average of 124FPS, with all settings maxed out, running at 4K. Even on the Rise Of The Tomb Raider benchmarks, the cards manage to score over 144FPS.
The test results are higher than what you would expect from vanilla builds. Both the cards are overclocked and with the crazy DIY cooling solution their temperatures don’t even cross 40°C.
These scores are actually very interesting, it finally seems, SLI can become relevant again. Some of the tested game titles weren’t very recent, still the cards together showed a meaningful performance difference. Obviously, with the 2080Ti’s in SLI, having a 4K setup would make a lot more sense.
A single 2080Ti Founders Edition currently retails at around 1200$ USD, so two of them will cost 2400$ USD in total, along with a extra 100$ USD for the NVLink bridge, so it’s certainly not cheap, but for people with no budget qualms, two cards make a lot more sense now. All the benchmarks were conducted by JayZTwoCents, you can check him out here.