Nvidia’s new Ada Lovelace architecture brings a performance improvement that is unrivaled in the current graphics card market. In order to achieve this, it was necessary to leave behind an important feature.
Nvidia NVLink shelved
In the graphics card market, it was popular to get much more performance by connecting multiple cards together. Today, we see graphics cards that can even double the previous generation. Manufacturers now prefer to allocate resources to efficiency, which they will allocate to multiple structures.
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Along with the Nvidia RTX 4000 series, it was announced that the multi-graphics card solution, which we know as SLI and later restructured as NVLink, has been shelved. Engineers say they want to devote more resources to AI performance from now on.
On the other hand, Nvidia boss Jensen Huang stated that the new Ada Lovelace cards can use much better resources with PCIe Gen 5, and customer service states that there is no PCIe Gen 5 support, but the Gen 5 connection cable is included in the box. This is an interesting detail.