NVIDIA Linux SLI
Written by Michael Larabel in Graphics Cards on 5 December 2005. Page 5 of 5. Add A Comment

As anticipated, the NVIDIA 1.0-8174 drivers bring fourth initial Linux SLI support. Keep in mind it will probably take NVIDIA developers a few releases to work out all of the flaws in the drivers pertaining to SLI support. It is also important to note that until a gaming/application SLI profile is implemented for Linux you need to manually specify a OpenGL global variable for some games, with more information being available in appendix-W from the 1.0-8174 driver README. For those not looking to make the upgrade to SLI at this time, you should see performance benefits across the board from simply upgrading your drivers as we have had marginal boosts with the 7800GTX (G70). Finally, Linux users can utilize some of the driver features that Windows XP ForceWare users have been able to partake in for quite some time although not all of these NVIDIA features have yet been implemented. Another note worthy item is that current generation Linux SLI doesn't support using multiple displays and TwinView is not supported by SLI. The Tyan K8E-SLI S2866 performed exceptionally well in our test and once again if you would like to read its full review it can be viewed here. In addition to our articles we have published so far today, we will also be delivering an in-depth GeForce 6600, 6800, 7800GT/GTX comparison with these latest drivers along with many more articles and SLI motherboard reviews to come at Phoronix.

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