While games aren’t being optimized for multi-graphics card configurations nearly as much as they used to, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t modern games out there that will get a performance boost when running a multi-GPU setup.
In fact, the list of modern games that support multi-GPU setups is actually pretty extensive. Of course, there are two different options for running multiple graphics cards: NVIDIA’s SLI and AMD’s Crossfire (formerly CrossFireX). We’ve detailed the differences between the two in our SLI vs CrossFire post, but in this post, we’re going to focus on some of the more modern games that support SLI.
So, if you’re wondering whether or not an SLI system would be worth it for you (based on the types of games that can utilize it), or you already have an SLI system and you’re looking for a new game that is optimized for your setup, this list will provide you with some newer SLI-ready games.
Far Cry 5
The fifth installment of Ubisoft’s Far Cry series released a few months back to mixed reviews. The game is set in Hope County (fictional), Montana where a cult has taken over control. As a local sheriff caught up in the chaos, you must help liberate the county from the doomsday cult. Far Cry 5 is a fairly demanding game, with a minimum GPU requirement of a GTX 670 or AMD R9 270, and a recommended GPU requirement of a GTX 970 or R9 290X.
At 1080P, multi-GPU configurations aren’t necessary to run Far Cry 5. However, if you want to maximize your framerate in this game on higher resolution monitors (1440P or 4K), then a dual-configuration setup will definitely help. And, fortunately, Far Cry 5 came with SLI support on release. So, if you’re looking for a game to benchmark your SLI system on, Far Cry 5 is definitely an option to consider.
While both PUBG and Fortnite have competed to claim the title of “Best Battle Royale Game,” if you’ve got an SLI-based system and you want to benchmark it in a battle royale style game, PUBG would be the better option. But, that’s not because Fortnite doesn’t support SLI—it’s more that Fortnite is so much less demanding than PUBG, that an SLI configuration would be overkill for it.
PUBG, on the other hand, is very demanding (and not well-optimized in the grand scheme of things) and can benefit from as much GPU power as possible. Fortunately, the game’s ability to utilize SLI configurations received a boost through NVIDIA’s 382.53 drivers (which released back in June of 2017). And, while the competitive nature of PUBG makes running the game at higher resolutions (resulting in lower framerates) not viable for serious players, playing on a high refresh rate monitor can help serious gamers gain a slight advantage over their opponents. And, utilizing an SLI-based system will help deliver a high enough framerate to support those monitors with higher fresh rates.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
With overwhelmingly positive reviews across the board for the latest installment of CD PROJEKT RED’s The Witcher series, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has easily been one of the most successful games of the past five years. It boasts a rich storyline, excellent gameplay, and incredible graphics. The game is fairly demanding, though, as its minimum requirements ask for a GTX 660 or Radeon HD 7870 and its recommended requirements ask for a GTX 770 and R9 290.
Again, though, like Far Cry 5, the Witcher 3: Wild Hunt won’t require a multi-GPU setup for those that are playing on a budget-friendly 1080P monitor. However, for 1440P and 4K monitors, running an SLI configuration will help you play the game on higher settings without dropping to too low of a framerate.
Middle Earth: Shadow of War
The second installment of the Middle Earth series wasn’t quite as well-received as the original Shadow of Mordor. However, Shadow of War still received fairly positive reviews overall. Its graphics, however, help the game stand out, which, of course, means that the game will need a fairly decent system to run. Its minimum GPU requirements call for a Radeon HD 7870 or GTX 660 and its recommended GPU requirements ask for an RX 480 or GTX 970.
The game can be run on a 1080P monitor with a budget-friendly GPU on lower-to-medium settings with no problems. However, at higher resolutions, more GPU power is necessary to get the game running at a decent framerate. And, fortunately, the game does support SLI—although, on launch date (and soon after) users found that their SLI-based system was actually delivering lower framerates. Guru3D’s benchmarks did show that SLI’d GTX 1070 Tis did deliver a lower framerate on a 1080P monitor. However, the SLI’d 1070 Tis were able to deliver a modest performance increase on Shadow of War at 1440P and they delivered an even bigger performance increase on a 4K monitor.
Dark Souls III
Released in March of 2016, Dark Souls III, like its two predecessors, has garnered a lot of positive reviews. The series has been immensely successful thanks to its reputation for being incredibly challenging. In terms of graphics, Dark Souls III is moderately demanding at 1080P resolutions, but like all modern games with plus graphics, it will require a powerful gaming PC to run at 1440P or 4K resolutions.
For system requirements, the game asks for a minimum of a GTX 750 Ti or Radeon HD 7950, and recommends a GTX 970 or Radeon R9 series graphics card. The game did come with SLI support at launch, but like most games, some users experienced difficulties when running it. The game is better optimized now for SLI systems and is definitely a game worth adding to your library and testing out if you do have an SLI-based PC.
What Modern Games That Support SLI Do You Recommend?
While some games don’t offer significant performance gains for SLI’d setups—especially at 1080P resolutions—there are still quite a few games out there that can benefit from using multiple NVIDIA graphics cards at higher resolutions. We’ve listed five modern games that support SLI and that have been shown to offer decent performance gains at higher resolutions when running on an SLI’d system.
If you have an SLI-based system that has helped give you a performance increase in other modern games not listed above, let us know in the comment section below so we can add that game to this list!