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Issues with my GTX 690's in Quad-SLI

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August 30, 2012 7:26:22 PM

I'm having issues with my GTX 690's in 4-way SLI. In certain games like Crysis 2 and Battlefield 3, I get an average frame rate of 25 fps in both games. I would have thought that this was normal considering I am playing on surround but I came from a previous driver version on 301.42 and my frame rates were much better, around 45+ fps. At first, I thought that the previous driver may have been lingering so I reformatted my computer and installed the new driver and setting power management to maximum performance but still get the same issue. I am torn between going back to the previous version but some of my other games perform much better on the newer one.

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August 30, 2012 7:32:21 PM

What is your Power Supply and monitor resolution (triple 1080p screens or something else)?

4-way SLI is not for gaming - it's for e-peen and benchmarking only... there are many scenarios where 4-way SLI results in far worse performance than 2-way.
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a b Î Nvidia
August 30, 2012 8:41:24 PM

I'd like to know the power supply as well, the 690's use alot of power, despite using less power than the 590's.
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August 30, 2012 9:16:40 PM

690 in quad sli............ Sh!t man you must be rolling in cash
anyway quad sli is not supported by many games so in many cases you will get better fps while just running one card
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a b Î Nvidia
August 30, 2012 9:19:48 PM

AFR scaling beyond Tri-sli and Crossfire has for the longest time been very very poor. Even when drivers are not bugged to hell there is always bottlenecks that sour the fps a little and sometimes it is down the drain. What is your system specs?
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August 30, 2012 11:55:14 PM

I would have thought that this was normal considering I am playing on surround but I came from a previous driver version on 301.42 and my frame rates were much better

bro those drivers suck.
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a b Î Nvidia
August 31, 2012 12:11:12 AM

There's a bug in Crysis 2 which causes Crossfire to disable under certain circumstances. I'm not certain if this applies to SLI but there is an easy remedy for the crossfire bug.

While in game, go into options and change one of the visual settings to a different setting, apply it, and then set it back to the original setting. My preference is to set motion blurr from low to medium and then back to low.

This is known to reengage crossfire.
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August 31, 2012 12:35:22 AM

as others said,quad sli isn't meant for gaming.driver and compatibility issues are pain in the but.
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August 31, 2012 2:38:46 AM

I'm using a Seasonic X-1250 power supply so there more than enough juice being sent to my setup. Also, I'm running on 5760x1080 resolutions in all my games that support it.

Like fruitloopeater, I also came from 301.42 which gave nearly twice the amount of fps then either 304.79 and 306.02. So my average frame rate came from 45 fps in Battlefield 3 all the way down to 25 fps. Same thing with Crysis 2. These 2 games seem to be the only ones I notice dropping their frame rates using the newer drivers.
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August 31, 2012 2:40:52 AM

tabuburn said:
I'm using a Seasonic X-1250 power supply so there more than enough juice being sent to my setup. Also, I'm running on 5760x1080 resolutions in all my games that support it.

Like fruitloopeater, I also came from 301.42 which gave nearly twice the amount of fps then either 304.79 and 306.02. So my average frame rate came from 45 fps in Battlefield 3 all the way down to 25 fps. Same thing with Crysis 2. These 2 games seem to be the only ones I notice dropping their frame rates using the newer drivers.


High-Five for the X-1250
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August 31, 2012 2:42:22 AM

Well I'd say just revert to old drivers and see if you can get them working. You will always be in driver hell so long as you're trying to run 4 GPUs :( 
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August 31, 2012 2:51:29 AM

Problem with rolling back to the older drivers like the WHQL one is that instead of getting only performance drops on Battlefield 3 and Crysis 2, a larger number of games (especially the newer ones) will have performance degrade.
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August 31, 2012 2:54:28 AM

Welcome to life with 4 GPUs...
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August 31, 2012 2:57:37 AM

You'd think Nvidia would have fixed this considering 4-way has been around for quite a few years now.
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August 31, 2012 2:59:05 AM

I think there's just too few people who actually buy a setup like yours for them to bother with it :( 

Heck AMD can't even get their act together properly for 2 GPU setups
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August 31, 2012 3:03:14 AM

A single 680 or 7970 and a single 24" monitor would have saved you a small mountain of cash and you would have had very little problems. There is nothing you can do now except wait for any patches and drivers that can fix your issues (which is unlikely as very few have that setup).
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August 31, 2012 3:13:04 AM

Meh. So much for Nvidia's "The way it's meant to be played" slogan.
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a b Î Nvidia
August 31, 2012 12:24:22 PM

Yea, things can be so buggy that people who often can afford such set ups usually only do tri sli or fire instead.
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August 31, 2012 3:50:33 PM

Except I don't think that Nvidia were expecting people to buy 2 690's. Its not exactly
"The way its meant to be played"
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September 1, 2012 1:48:53 PM

Best answer selected by tabuburn.
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