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Shall I go for a Titan X or 980 Matrix SLI?

post #1 of 5
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Really struggling to make this choice.

I realise the 980's will be more powerful (and imo look better with my set-up) and be cooler with their custom solutions. However, the Titan X will create less heat overall (and expell it in a more efficient manner, use less power and have that massive memory buffer.

My main concern with the 980's in SLI is that they will still only have 4GB of memory and as I play at 1440p I'm not certain this will last that long.

What do you guys think would be the wisest course?
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post #2 of 5
Depends... Are you OK with lowering your settings like AA and others to not hit the 4GB limit? I have 780tis SLI... I can pretty much max out most games. Until I hit my 3GB limit @4k pretty easily. Sucks to have a "super high end PC" just to have to turn down the Graphics because of the Memory.
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If you have to get a GPU right now, playing at 1440p, the Titan X might be more universally appealing since there is 0% chance of having SLI-related issues, but that's a hefty performance-to-dollar premium.

In many games, the SLI performance will blow a single Titan X out of the water. And at 1440p you'll basically never be limited by the 4GB of memory like some people convince themselves (remember you also have memory compression). But even as good as SLI is these days, there's no question that bigger single GPU is more reliably good--especially if you buy and play games just as they come out.
If you intend to play with a VR headset, then SLI undoubtedly gives better performance all around because of the VRDirect extensions.

Even if you are pro-NVidia, I would personally wait until mid/late June, after the new round of AMD cards come out. At least wait until June 3rd, when AMD releases the details about the new cards as facts to make a better guess about how pricing will be affected.

This is not confirmed, but it sounds extremely likely that the 390/390X cards will be a tweaked Hawaii but with the memory compression magic of Tonga.
Besides the 390/390X cards, AMD is also releasing their new high performance tier of Fiji XT which is going to compete with the Titan X, but it's rumored to be expensive as well (latest rumor is $850).

I personally buy from both AMD and NV and only buy based on performance/price for my use cases, but even if you only buy NV, the new release of cards will very likely affect/reduce the prices of the current NV cards.

That's my 2 cents.

Edit: In my recent interest in HBM, I've been more focused on researching AMD's new cards. I forgot that 980 Ti likely launches around the same time (there were very old rumors of a 3Q release), so that will be better perf-to-price than Titan X and all prices should reduce on older cards. The general 2 card vs 1 card stuff still applies as well as the lack of a memory limitation at that resolution. Regardless, we are too close to new releases to recommend buying right this minute.
Edited by peateargryphon - 5/19/15 at 5:53pm
post #4 of 5
At 4K, yes, you can definitely run into memory limitations, but only in extremely ridiculous examples for 1440p
post #5 of 5
None. Few weeks and Nvidia releases 980 Ti, one month and AMD releases its new cards too. Wait for it.
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