So no SLI on Gtx 1060, does anyone care?

Nooooo then it would be a 4990

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480X2, given the length of the PCB it's a pretty big possibility, if not from AMD, than from Power Color given their previous dual 390 triple slot 6 fan loud as fuck card with 4 8 pin connectors

I want one so badly

That's an optimistic way of looking at it.

The other big way they're going to try to push it is with VR, AMD has their Affinity Multi-GPU tech for making it so there's 1 GPU per Eye for VR, effectively doubling performance hopefully anyways, they just need more support from devs and to do that they need to sell a solid dual GPU experience to people.

Can't believe they did this.

Sure, it isn't practical right now, but down the road it coyldvr been.

Of course some of us care. The cheaper the card we are able to SLI the better.

Sorry to brake it for you, but it sure looks like a dual 480
http://wccftech.com/amd-rx-490-dual-gpu/

TLDR: The RX 490 is a dual GPU graphics card

That only leaves the C99 variant not accounted for. Here is where things get really interesting. The C99 variant is roughly double the value of the last GPU: the C94 (aka Pol 10) variant. INR does not correspond directly to MSRP, but usually has a high correlation with the GPU’s performance or features. In this case, it would seem that the C99 test board was at least two times as valuable as a C94 test board. Here is another fact. The INR value of the test board is roughly about the same (INR 125350) as the Gemini test board (Radeon Pro Duo). Finally the nomenclature C99 indicates that the GPU is of the Polaris family (remember, the first number after the letter C represents the architectural generation.) but roughly twice the power of the RX 480.

Tldr, so I will just say my thing... Nvidia for awhile now is becoming the brand of limitations and excuses. You are were limited to 3,5 gig Vram if you wanted high speed, you were limited Ti lower framerates if you use physx and gameworks, you were limited to awfully expensive Gsync monitors, now you have limited DX12 support, limited VR support, limited GeForce experience to an account, now you are limited to 2 way SLI only on the expensive cards... Brand full of limitations..

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1060 is supposedly 15% faster than a 480...
It is supposed to cost 249,-......
It is supposed to be available July 19th.........

1080 was supposedly faster than two 980s in SLI...
It was supposed to cost 599,-......
It was supposed to be available May 27th............

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I think is getting more and more important to be able to SLI/Crossfire low end cards since they're getting more efficient, don't require a giant power supply (especially Nvidia cards) and buy in the future another card will lead to a 70% more performance for a fraction of the cost of a new card. Also if two RX 480s are a hair slower than a single 1080 in games, two 1060 would be in the same range of performance ruining the Nvidia hierarchy and market (1080 performance for 500$ or less, a lot of people would jump on it I guess). Nvidia really wants to ditch SLI and I confidently say that in the future (2xxx or 3xxx cards or whatever their naming will be) will keep SLI only for the absolute top end (Tis or Titans) and for the professional cards.

I don't care I did sli once and it was horrible for my setup and now I only buy the highest gpu at the time when I need an upgrade.

Do I care that the 1060 does not have it? No not really.

Do I care that SLi was removed from something at all? Yes a bit.

It looks like a symptom of things to come, but more so this is another level of marketing that is getting ever more aggressive and screwing the paying customer out of ever more choice. This particular example starts with the Rx 480. The community at large blew it out of proportion and said it could match a GTX 980, this was never true, nor ever a marketing point but it did help lay out nVidia's marketing plan perfectly for the 1060, it basically wrote the campaign for them.

The 480 was supposed to and did come in on or around the price it said it would, unlike the 1000 series cards. That stung and continues to sting but by now everyone has just rolled over and taken it with a grin and gritted teeth. The bench marks rightly showed the Rx 480 matching and beating the GTX 970 and at that point nVidia must have been rubbing their hands together. The community had blown it up and now it was falling and there they were with a card that actually could match the 980 and they knew it. So if they could just get it out somewhere in the league of the Rx 480's price they would be laughing all the way to the bank.

But there is a problem.

How will we ever convince people to buy our over priced 1080s when they can just get two budget 1060s and SLi them Easy fix really, don't let anyone SLi them. Now that is marketing genius. Most people won't factor in the idea of Sli 1060's but at the same time the market for 1080s is so small that SLi 1060s would pose a threat to that, especially when you can't get a 1080 for love nor money because they may as well not exist for lack of supply.

Add to this the all ready planted in the mind idea that SLi is on its way out, regardless of the reality of that statement that is the face being put forward by nVidia. Kill 3/4 way, botch the enthusiast key system in a manner that is astounding it has not been picked up on more, and then just dump the entire program because they clearly don't actually knwo who to fix it. So even if 1060's were to have SLi the support would have been minimal at best and in the long run nVidia might be doing you a favour by not having the SLI after all they don't have time to work on it and hay they are cutting it back on the high end too, or at least that is how they are trying to make it look. Marketing genius... run by pricks

It will effect only a small number of people, and of those it will be more troublesome too as Sli support is spotty at best but that does not make it any less turbo shitty than it is.

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That isn't really marketing, you can't tell people that it's a plus to NOT have the option to go SLI, it's never a plus, sometimes it's a negative, although whether it's a big deal or not is gonna depend on the user. I am not exactly thrilled neither that AMD is banking on CrossFire.

That is where the marketing comes into it. You are right it is not a plus, but they will spin it, that is the marketing part and thusly that is how it is looking.

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we know that graphics cards have the capability to use crossfire even without the bridge, because you can crossfire 6350s with no problem. So Nvidia taking the capability away was arbitrary and stupid, and it's going to prove to be very problematic down the road because these are not low-end cards. These are mid-tier cards, and two crossfired 480s are faster than a 295X2. And those are reference cards. We haven't even seen what the aftermarket ones can do. That means that if you pick up one now, you'll have a card that will run everything at 1440p high and everthing at 4K with no filters, will gain about 14-17% performance over the next few years, and will scream ahead of a single 1080 if crossfired with another one down the road. The fact that Nvidia didn't implement SLI on the 1060 just boggles my mind.

Two of these would give you performance of at least a GTX 1080 for considerably less. So it's not irrelevant.

Eh maybe not 1080 performance out of two of these. The 1060 is exactly half of the cuda core count, but lower clocked, and sli never scales 100% perfectly except in synthetics, so the performance at best is probably an in-between point between the 1080 and 1070, although for idiots that think sli-ing *60 series cards was a good idea, that would have enticed a few.

You know 2x480 are 1080 level of performance... If 1060 is supposed to be faster, then we are talking over 1080 level of performance...

I am not sure do you really wanted to use that word...

Why did it ever make sense to buy too low end cards instead of one medium for games? A single 980 was the same performance as two 960's, two 760's was the same as a 780, but only when sli actually worked properly. The benchmark results would lead "partially uninformed people" into thinking that it was a good value proposition, but the inherent problems that have came with sli have never been represented in benchmarks. So yes, to someone that was not informed or ignorant to the problems of sli, sli *60 series might have appeared as a good idea.

Two RX 480 are a bit slower than a single 1080 in most game benchmarks, but then there are also some benchmarks where the 1080 pulls ahead by a solid margin. And really, on paper, the 1060 should be a tiny bit slower than half of a single 1080, due to it having half the cuda cores and a slightly lower stock clock. I also don't rally buy the Nvidia marketing that the 1060 will be as fast as a single 980. The 1080 is not as fast as two 980's except in like one or two benchmarks, so I would expect a repeat for the 1060.

You are missing the point my friend... Why people SLI 970? Because they want to. Because it's cheaper than TitanX... But Nvidia didn't remove the SLI from 970, did they? Why are we even having this conversation? Removing features is barely a good thing. 1060 is becoming a Frankenstein monster. Can't buy it from other place but Nvidia directly, Can't play proper DX12, can't use proper VR if you have HDMI monitor, can't change the FE cooler, because Nvidia soldered the power extention to the PCB, and now we lack the SLI? I can crossfire whatever I want with my 270X... Nvidia is afraid people will not buy 1080 and will buy 1060?
They are removing features, they are lacking features and people keep defending them. It is not about who is going to SLI. It's about removing the choice.

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