Gainward graphics cards cause problems in SLI setups
It is common among board partners to adjust the Nvidia default design for their graphics cards. But now such a custom design is causing problems.
Running a SLI setup with certain Gainward graphics cards mixed with board of other companies can prove to become difficult. The French website Computermagazins Matbe tried to link Gainward GTX 285 / GTX 275 card with models from other companies and found out that this was not possible with the default SLI bridges. It seems like Gainward moved the SLI connectors of the graphics cards by a few millimeters and thus the inflexible SLI bridges that are delivered with the motherboards don't fit. Tests have been made with cards from Asus, Evga, Gigabyte and Zotac all of whom seem to stick to Nvidia's specifications.
Another problem is related to 3-way SLI setups. Gainward's custom cooler with its 40 millimeters fan is 40 millimeters thick while the stock cooling from Nvidia only reaches 36 millimeters. One possible solution for the problems would be flexible SLI bridges like some motherboard producers add to their range of delivery.
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