It looks like the days of multi-GPU gaming will soon come to an end. For folks who were keeping up with AMD’s Capsaicin Siggraph 2017 event a few days ago, one may have noticed that the company made little to no mention of “CrossFire” when detailing the features of RX Vega graphics cards.
This, of course, gives us the indication that AMD is indeed following in the footsteps of its competitor, Nvidia, in moving away from multi-GPU support for gaming. That said, folks at GamersNexus was told by an Radeon representative that RX Vega graphics cards will still, indeed, be compatible CrossFire technology; but noted that the industry as a whole is looking to move away from multi-GPU gaming support.
Nvidia was the first one to show its disinterest in multi-GPU gaming, when the company released its Pascal-based graphics cards. For those who still remember: GTX 10-series graphics cards do not come with “official” SLI support for more than a 2-way configuration. One has to also note that from an economic standpoint, pairing together two “expensive” high-end graphics cards for a small boost in framerate, is relatively not a good value for money.
Of course, this will very likely only apply to the gaming industry. Multi-GPU support will indeed stay strong in the professional market. Researchers, digital currency miners, and datacentres all rely on multi-GPU configurations to work more efficiently – so AMD may shift its CrossFire focus towards those markets instead.