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EVGA teases Pro SLI Bridges

EVGA teases Pro SLI Bridges

EVGA's Pro SLI Bridges include aluminium panels and a logo which lights up when fitted to GeForce GTX 700 or greater graphics boards.

EVGA has announced a cosmetic upgrade for users of multiple Nvidia graphics boards: the EVGA Pro SLI Bridges, due to launch in the very near future.

For those who have only ever run single-board systems, an explanation: Scan-Line Interleave, introduced to gamers with the 3dfx Voodoo2 accelerator board, allows multiple graphics cards to be chained together with each rendering a portion of the screen. Back when graphics cards ran at 90MHz, they were connected with a cheap ribbon cable - but given the gigahertz-plus frequencies of modern GPUs, these days it's more common to see a printed circuit board known as a bridge used between the cards instead.

EVGA is one of a number of companies who produce graphics cards that can be chained using SLI bridges, and has now decided to offer something for those who want to prettify their rig: Pro SLI Bridges.

The company's SLI bridges don't offer anything extra in the way of performance, it must be pointed out, but are designed to bring a bit of glamour to the inside of a PC's case - something likely only appreciated by those whose cases feature a side-panel window. To launch in two-way, three-way, and four-way configurations, the EVGA Pro SLI Bridges include brushed aluminium panels on the curved top surface.

At the centre of each bridge is the EVGA logo, and while the company has included some LEDs to illuminate the branding they require something of an investment in graphics hardware: the LEDs will only light when the bridges are used on Nvidia GeForce GTX 700-series or later graphics boards, including the GeForce GTX Titan.

While you'd be forgiven for thinking that the presence of the EVGA branding makes the bridges an exclusive for the company's boards, EVGA has confirmed that they are compatible with all SLI-enabled graphics cards. For those whose graphics boards aren't new enough to illuminate the LEDs, the branding will be barely noticeable.

EVGA has provided some teaser images on its website, but has so far been reticent to provide a launch date or pricing for the Pro SLI Bridges.

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mi1ez 13th August 2013, 09:51 Quote
I prefer it without the LEDs...
theshadow2001 13th August 2013, 09:57 Quote
I'm surprised something like this hasn't come around sooner.

Gareth, you've misspelled two-way.

Edit: Ninja fixed before I posted!
azrael- 13th August 2013, 09:58 Quote
Another product I didn't know I don't need.
Elton 13th August 2013, 10:06 Quote
If they weren't $30 a pop, I'd honestly consider getting one just because of the rather nice metal shielding.

They would match the hilariously expensive Titans though.
Tynecider 13th August 2013, 10:06 Quote
700 series and above......yep that me going and buying a set just so I can have a funky sli bridge.

Or we could just hack them to light up :-P

PS: EVGA, it doesn't match your current boards cosmetically....just saying like.
Elton 13th August 2013, 10:18 Quote
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Originally Posted by Tynecider
700 series and above......yep that me going and buying a set just so I can have a funky sli bridge.

Or we could just hack them to light up :-P

PS: EVGA, it doesn't match your current boards cosmetically....just saying like.

Which is why I'd paint my metal black! Honestly, at that point I could just shield and modify my own. What's interesting to me is that there's no support for 600 series LEDs :(
Maki role 13th August 2013, 10:18 Quote
Hmm, this is quite a nice little accessory. I can imagine since EVGA are diving in, others will follow too, I certainly can't see Asus standing by without getting their RoG branding in on the scene. I just wrapped mine in white di-noc, which doesn't look bad, but it's not great either. All the more interesting, modded ones I made ended up looking a bit crap sadly. One of these fancy bridges would make a great base for a little mod, especially given that the LEDs are already present.
Gareth Halfacree 13th August 2013, 10:30 Quote
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Originally Posted by theshadow2001
Gareth, you've misspelled two-way. Edit: Ninja fixed before I posted!
Aye, spotted it on a re-read just after I'd sent the piece live - you're obviously a fast reader!
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Originally Posted by Elton
What's interesting to me is that there's no support for 600 series LEDs :(
I'm guessing - and this is just a guess, I haven't looked at the spec - that the 700 series adds a 5V line to the SLI connector that's missing on the 600 series, and it's this line that EVGA is tapping for the LEDs.
damien c 13th August 2013, 13:36 Quote
Looks like I have just found my new SLI bridge for when I change my cards aslong as I stick with Nvidia for my next cards.
Snips 13th August 2013, 14:46 Quote
I do like the look of these and am surprised no one has done them before.
schmidtbag 13th August 2013, 15:10 Quote
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Originally Posted by Snips
I do like the look of these and am surprised no one has done them before.

I too am surprised this hasn't been done until now, though this particular model looks like it would block a lot of air flow, depending on how your case is arranged of course.
monkiboi 13th August 2013, 17:57 Quote
I have these beans if anyone's interested...
Teelzebub 13th August 2013, 18:08 Quote
I've always thought the SLI bridges are ugly, I'll be getting one when they are on sale
Maki role 13th August 2013, 18:11 Quote
Actually it's just occurred to me, remember this bridge from back when the Titan was unveiled?

http://videocardz.com/images/2013/02/GeForce-GTX-Titan-Launch-6-1200x990.jpg

Would have been nice if Nvidia actually made those. Personally I think it's nicer looking than even the EVGA one. Although I must admit I'm not overly fond of the giant logos, guess they've got to put something on there though.
Elton 13th August 2013, 19:09 Quote
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Originally Posted by Gareth Halfacree

I'm guessing - and this is just a guess, I haven't looked at the spec - that the 700 series adds a 5V line to the SLI connector that's missing on the 600 series, and it's this line that EVGA is tapping for the LEDs.

You're probably right. Which means technically i could jury rig this via a small lead into the SLI fingers. :D
wafflesomd 13th August 2013, 21:27 Quote
People still buy sli/crossfire?
siliconfanatic 13th August 2013, 21:47 Quote
You've been living under a rock?
Teelzebub 13th August 2013, 22:12 Quote
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Originally Posted by siliconfanatic
You've been living under a rock?

Apparently he does
LordPyrinc 14th August 2013, 00:46 Quote
Cool. Would be nice to replace my ribbon cable. Oh wells, doesn't really matter for me as I don't have a window to show it off. Got a blue LED 200mm fan on the side instead. Ah the purty colors.....
Star*Dagger 14th August 2013, 08:36 Quote
The curved shape of the top makes the data flow faster and increases resolution of your monitor!
The_Crapman 14th August 2013, 10:49 Quote
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Originally Posted by Elton
You're probably right. Which means technically i could jury rig this via a small lead into the SLI fingers. :D
I was about to correct you and say it's jerry rigging, not jury rigging, but then i'd be a retard. A quick look and jerry rigging just referres to a botch job. 'Jury rigging refers to makeshift repairs or temporary contrivances, made with only the tools and materials that happen to be on hand'
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