For a smooth computing experience, you usually buy a good graphics card instead of a built-in card. What if your computer allows you to add two graphics cards at once? The result will be great! And it is interesting that today; the use of dual graphics technology at the same time has become simpler than ever.
The task of setting up multi-GPUs can be a bit difficult, but the truth has become much easier than before. The latest Nvidia and AMD GPUs can be paired up to work together very well. Modern graphics cards running in multi-GPU configurations often replace the frame or replace a horizontal frame, but pairing multiple graphics cards together can still dramatically increase performance.
- What are Crossfire and SLI?
These are two commonly used terms in graphics card merging. Nvidia calls the multi-GPU SLI (Scalable Link Interface) rendering software, while AMD names the multi-GPU CrossFire for its rendering system. SLI and CrossFire technology are essentially the same with 2, 3 or 4 separate graphics cards from the same product line (eg, 3 Nvidia GTX 580s or a combination of Radeon HD 7850 and HD 7870 cards). In a distributed workflow graphics system to increase work efficiency.
Both Nvidia GeForce and AMD Radeon graphics cards have 1 or 2 small edge connectors, usually along the top and front of the printed circuit board. You can set up 2, 3 or even 4 cards in a multi-GPU configuration. By the way, SLI and CrossFire technology are features specifically designed to increase computer performance, and technologies that appeal to gamers will seek higher frame rates. Multiple graphics cards in one system will bring in many great benefits.
CrossFire versus SLI
- Things you should know before using dual graphics technology.
Here are some factors that you need to consider if you want to upgrade a system to multi-GPU mode through SLI or CrossFire settings. First of all, it is necessary to have a motherboard with PCI Express x16 required and that is also compatible with both technologies mentioned above. You will also need a protective cover suitable for cooling the graphics card, as well as a strong enough power supply. Cards must also be linked together using a bridge connection, usually with one or two cards in the motherboard, and the SLI or Crossfire features must be enabled in the graphics driver.
- How to set up dual graphics technology.
The installation of SLI or CrossFire technology for the system is relatively simple, not much different than installing a graphics card. To get started, shut down the system and unplug it, then insert the graphics card into the PCI Express x16 slot on the motherboard and add the required 6 pin or 8 pin connector. Then power up and proceed to install SLI or CrossFire mode and then connect to link the cards together.
However, dual graphics technology is not without problems when using. First, multi-GPU systems will use more power and generate more heat. They are also likely to encounter some limitations by drivers. Technically, all graphics cards are only good when using its driver, but SLI and CrossFire create some additional complexity that needs to be addressed before you get the major benefits of modifying additional graphics card.
By applying dual graphics technology, computer users can boost up their computer performance and have a better computer experience.