I don't think I'd recommend buying two RTX 2070 SUPER graphics cards for gaming these days unless you are aware of their issues in some games, and no multi-GPU support in many games and/or 100% scaling so that you fully benefit from buying the second graphics card. An easy thing I used to say when I used to sell these multi-GPU setups is that "you're spending 100% more money, getting 20-30% more performance isn't worth it". You can put that money into something worthwhile -- like higher-end display, an SSD (if you didn't have one) or a new CPU/motherboard.
However, I'm a simple man -- I love technology and because of my position I have multiples of the latest and greatest in graphics cards here my lab. So why not? This is just an interesting look at two RTX 2070 SUPER graphics cards and their performance and they performed quite well in my opinion, and makes me want to re-test the rest of my GTX 10 series and RTX 20 series in NVLink as well as take a look at AMD's new Radeon RX 5700 XT and RX 5700 in multi-GPU battles, something I have now asked AMD about.
As for performance, the 1440p results are about what I expected. In games like Rainbow Six Siege where the SLI scaling is decent, as well as the frame rate ceiling being much higher, the RTX 2070 SUPER cards in NVLink push a huge 233FPS versus the single RTX 2070 SUPER with 167FPS average. This means RTX 2070 SUPER in NVLink easily beats the higher-end RTX 2080 Ti and its 191FPS average, with the RTX 2070 SUPER NVLink setup 22% faster.
But when I saw Shadow of the Tomb Raider running buttery smooth on the RTX 2070 SUPER NVLink setup that's when I was excited, I mean we're talking about a gigantic 86% increase in performance over the single RTX 2070 SUPER. This is the type of scaling that would make multi-GPU worth it, if we saw 86% or higher scaling. We're at the point of 4K 120FPS gaming with two RTX 2070 SUPER graphics cards in NVLink, not bad.
Overall, it was fun testing the RTX 2070 SUPER cards in NVLink - in short, would I recommend it? Not really. If you're a speed freak, buy the RTX 2080 Ti instead. It was a fun day of testing, benching, and writing however! Now, back to my Navi testing and Radeon RX 5700 XT and RX 5700 review.
Last updated: Sep 24, 2019 at 12:29 am CDT