Technologies of combining video cards in bundles in the consumer market are almost dead. Among the new graphics cards Nvidia Ampere line only top RTX 3090 has connectors to create a bundle of SLI of two adapters, which means that Nvidia after AMD virtually abandons this technology.
And the next statement of the company on this background looks quite logical. It is reported that Nvidia will no longer add new SLI driver profiles for GeForce RTX 2000 and older graphics cards starting from January 1 next year. But this does not mean that SLI is completely out of the market.
First, existing profiles will continue to be tested and supported for RTX 2000 series graphics processors and older adapters. Secondly, Nvidia has taken this step for a reason, but because today’s DirectX 12 and Vulkan graphics APIs allow game developers to implement SLI support directly within the games themselves. That is, Nvidia simply shifts this work to game developers if they believe that SLI support is needed in their project.
As for the Ampere line, this is also true for them – support will only be available in games where developers have added it. But there are already such games. This is Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Civilization VI, Sniper Elite 4, Gears of War 4, Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation, Strange Brigade, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Zombie Army 4: Dead War, Hitman, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, Battlefield 1, Halo Wars 2, Red Dead Redemption 2, Quake 2 RTX, Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation, Strange Brigade and Zombie Army 4: Dead War.