SLI/CrossFire makeup only 1.5% of gamers rigs says Valve

By Justin Mann on January 19, 2007, 12:04 PM
A lot of hype has gone in to pushing SLI and CrossFire. Multi-GPU platforms have been touted as the “next big thing” in gaming performance, and both camps offer many ways to get it done. How many people are actually biting into it, though? According to a survey done by Valve (which you've likely participated in if you use Steam) is revealing that only a minor 1.5% of gamers are using multi-GPU systems:

Only about 12.7 thousand of 850 thousand of respondents – or about 1.5% – had a multi-GPU personal computer (PC) with either two, three or four graphics processors, the stats at Steampowered web-site reveal. Given that approximately 49.42% of Nvidia GeForce graphics adapters in possession of Steam users are either AGP or PCI, whereas PCI Express was adopted by 44.68% of gamers, the share of multi-GPU systems among Nvidia GeForce-based PCI Express computers is more significant: 6.88%.
Even more interesting, of that tiny fraction, around 96% of it is GeForce-based, meaning that Crossfire is really hurting. The survey started with data collected as early as November 2006, which is not so long ago that SLI wasn't already embedded into every advertisement that nVidia and their partners make. Why aren't people biting? Aside from the obvious reasons of much higher costs and low support among game developers, that is.

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K9-Cop said:
Every video game on the market can be played with reasonable frame rates on a single-GPU system. So not only is SLI/Crossfire costly, it comes with limited gain.You may see more SLI/Crossfire setups going forward from people like myself who are using it as a cheap upgrade path, but otherwise, it will always be the realm of extreme users.
nathanskywalker said:
SlI/crossfire is still quite expensive, and not all togethor worth it. Most of the people who were polled probably don't have the cash to afford such rigs.
I can barely afford 1 nVidia 7800GS I'm not about to go buy 2 high end nVidia cards to SLI together!
black_death said:
Having more graphics cards doesn't necesserily make it more powerful, it uses way more power, its more expensive, and so far most games will run the same on any high end card(s).
nathanskywalker said:
[b]Originally posted by OUTLAWXXX:[/b][quote]I can barely afford 1 nVidia 7800GS I'm not about to go buy 2 high end nVidia cards to SLI together![/quote]Exactly. Lol, I haven't even managed to buy a video card yet. As I don't game much anymore, and have a rather limited budget I still have onboard :(
canadian said:
I was originally planning on getting another card for SLI, but now that Vista is coming, I need to instead get a DX10 card. ><
Jesse_hz said:
But don't tell me anyone was surprised at these results.
howzz1854 said:
just think, graphics technology updates every 6-9 months, even if 90% of PC users or PC gamers don't exactly follow this life cycle. pouring double amount of money into a graphic upgrade won't last you twice as long. as every graphic technology cycles introduce new engines and support, you're going to have to upgrade again anyway just to play that new game. it doesn't do me any good to spend more money now when i know a year down the road i am going upgrade from current generation technology to the next. IMO it's simply a scam to get more money out of you, in case you haven't noticed. the better or more efficient solution would be to putting the performance of two cards into one and sell it with a reasonable price.
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