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EVGA Brings SLI Support To New Games Faster

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 17 comments

Waiting for NVIDIA to add SLI profiles for newly released games and game demos to their drivers can be frustrating for owners of SLI systems, so EVGA has taken the initiative to produce a temporary workaround.

If using potentially flaky beta drivers is not your thing, then EVGA has another option. Known as the EVGA SLI Enhancement Patch, the workaround is essentially just adding SLI profiles created by EVGA before NVIDIA adds their own to new driver versions. EVGA aims to to enable SLI support within one day of the title being released.

The current version adds SLI profiles for Burnout Paradise and the Necrovision Demo using the DirectX 10 code path. If you are using a single dual-GPU card, the patch is also recommended. EVGA is only supporting Windows Vista as of the current version, but if there is sufficient demand for XP support, it will be considered.

While the patch may work on older driver versions, EVGA has only tested it with the current Release 182.05 WHQL drivers, so there are no guarantees for older drivers. As new games and demos are released, EVGA will update the patch to include profiles for these games. You can find the SLI Enhancement Patch on the EVGA website here (registration required to download).

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    kyeana , February 13, 2009 7:21 PM
    Good news! And this is why EVGA will always be #1, unrivaled customer support.
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    brendano257 , February 13, 2009 7:57 PM
    "While the patch may work on older driver versions, EVGA has only tested it with the current Release 182.05 WHQL drivers"
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    randomizer , February 13, 2009 9:30 PM
    brendano257"While the patch may work on older driver versions, EVGA has only tested it with the current Release 182.05 WHQL drivers"

    Yes... and?
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    ozarkamax , February 13, 2009 10:02 PM
    randomizerYes... and?



    the guy probably just wanted to put emphasis on that part because it maybe vital to getting the evga workaround to work.
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    roofus , February 13, 2009 10:11 PM
    it isnt a workaround. they are predefined profiles for SLI to save an individual the pain of optimizing their cards for specific games.
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    ozarkamax , February 13, 2009 10:35 PM
    roofusit isnt a workaround. they are predefined profiles for SLI to save an individual the pain of optimizing their cards for specific games.


    yes ty capt obvious i also read the article. the article also addressed this as a workaround, however i understand what the actual solution is as would most people who can read.

    anybody else wanna nitpick? i got all night.
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    randomizer , February 13, 2009 11:44 PM
    It is a workaround, because it is only a temporary "solution" while NVIDIA sits on their ass instead of making official profiles.
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    eklipz330 , February 14, 2009 3:33 AM
    good thing they're coming to ati's side as well... this is why nvidia cards are better for gaming, although i can't seem to part from buying ati cards...
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    1raflo , February 14, 2009 6:31 AM
    Dude.. for things like this, i always buy evga cards. You wont find any other company that puts so much emphasis on satisfying the costumer. evga ftw.
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    roofus , February 14, 2009 11:13 AM
    randomizerIt is a workaround, because it is only a temporary "solution" while NVIDIA sits on their ass instead of making official profiles.


    it doesnt take much effort to do this. i am not taking anything away from EVGA for providing this feature but it isnt anything that a person cant do themselves. there probabably are a couple of games that may be a pain to get right but for the most part, someone running SLI is most likely a personality type that cant leave well enough alone and will create their own anyways and only revert to predefined profiles if they cant get a game working right. no magic to it.
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    randomizer , February 14, 2009 10:47 PM
    roofusthere probabably are a couple of games that may be a pain to get right but for the most part, someone running SLI is most likely a personality type that cant leave well enough alone and will create their own anyways and only revert to predefined profiles if they cant get a game working right.

    There are many SLI owners who wouldn't know how to do this it (Dell XPS owners maybe :kaola: ). You need to think from the POV of people with money but no brains and no ability to use Google. Then there are those who would rather not mess with it because they are lazy.

    In any case, this is a marketing stint more than anything else, but it's a good one as long as EVGA can pull it off smoothly.
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    giovanni86 , February 14, 2009 11:38 PM
    I could not agree more. I just hate messing with that, most online forums suck for information on what settings run Company Of Heroes with sli best, i could never figure it out and now i have a 2nd GPU for no reason. Its disabled since i cannot get it to work with the majority of the games i run besides Crysis, it seems to like crysis or i might be wrong that game freezes 2.
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    lwheeler78 , February 16, 2009 12:08 AM
    here's a question... why don't the publishers of the game have a pre-set profile for SLI?

    No matter what your stance is, this is a good thing evga is doing. Could most proficient users spend some time playing with settings to figure it out? Yep! But the point is to not have to waste your time.

    And yes, we can whine about nVidia's driver support all day it's not going to change their stance. And ATi fans can boast all day about their wonderful support and sound just like the Mac freak hippies I have to listen to, but I'll still buy whatever gives me the performance edge.
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    kyeana , February 16, 2009 1:17 PM
    ^ personally i would be more inclined to whine about ATI's driver support then nVidia's ;) 
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    rodney_ws , February 16, 2009 6:55 PM
    1rafloDude.. for things like this, i always buy evga cards. You wont find any other company that puts so much emphasis on satisfying the costumer. evga ftw.

    I'd say Valve does a pretty good job in that department too. Free DLC for L4D? Free class updates for TF2? There are some companies we just like to support... I'd put EVGA in the same boat as Valve.
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    rooket , February 17, 2009 7:00 PM
    Yeah valve is great, I love how halflife2 deathmatch randomly crashes on every system I play it on :)  I ask other people on my friend's list after mine crashes and about 80% of the time theirs crashes to desktop at the same time as mine.

    180+ series drivers are buggy for me and I'm running non-SLI. (BSOD on boot up and checkerboard artifacts freezing the computer) Until nvidia fixes them, I'm sticking with 178.24.
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    randomizer , February 17, 2009 9:25 PM
    I love every 180 series release after 180.10 (broken LCD scaling option). After 179.15 and before 180.10 I get crashes and artifacting in Crysis.