Originally Posted by intelextreme
I have two EVGA GTX 980 Ti FTWs and I am etremely happly with the temperatures while gaming. Using EVGA Precision X fan profiles can get these cards running at what to me are amazing load temps. Of course I traded up from 2 R9 290x's which always ran at 94c as throttle starts at 95c. Even though AMD's CEO has stated 95c is well within the safe operating range of those cards I admit the temps made me very uncomfortable. For those I was considering water cooling but don't see the need for these 980 Ti's. I just built the rig and got in an Acer XB270HU bprz G-Sync monitor yesterday. I have not yet had time to try it out but am looking forward to it (even though I am a bit skeptical I have read good things about the technology). Bottom line I really like these cards but admit they were an impulse buy and I likely should have waited until next year when I have a feeling Nvidia is going to come out with something revolutionary. Either way these cards are fun albiet major overkill. Once again I only finished the rig yesterday and have not had time to really see what the cards can do and have had no time to try overclocking.
Though you're running 2 cards, I'm only running a single one, I just bought a Recertifed SC+ ACX 2.0+ a few weeks ago when EVGA had them for $550, I could have gone for 2, but trying to limit my spending as I have already spent more than I intended, I was gunning for a dirt cheap 970 or 780, or even a 980 if found below $350 (leave open possibility of going SLI later), but when I saw the 980 Ti for over $150 below normal retail, I couldn't help myself, as I had already justified spending upwards of $400 if it was on the right card (including some 290X 8GB models), I just got my system put together and finished yesterday as well. i5 4690K, 980 Ti, etc.
Haven't even gotten the OS installed yet, but idle temps seem to be stable on the CPU, so not to worried about first build/boot (not my first build, been building for almost 20 years) hiccups and issues.
But I was wondering, what are your gaming operating/load temps for the GPU? (what resolution are you running? I'm still stuck on 1080p, but will be occasionally powering 2 or 3 monitors, all different sizes, Primary is 27", 2nd is 40" TV, 3rd is an older 1600x900 20" display)
At least gives me an idea of what to look forward to. I'm coming up from a GTX 760 I bought almost a year ago as a side step upgrade from my pair of overclocked 560 Ti's in SLI. Temp drops (WoooHOOOO, I was so excited, borderline aroused when I saw the operating temps at full load, some games maxed at 1080p on this thing, 40-60+fps, and never breaking 65C), power consumption dropped almost in half, tad bit of performance boost in a few games (that didn't support SLI or not optimized for it, and one or two that enjoyed the 2 fold memory increase up from 1GB, Skyrim/ArmA 3 etc), now I'm going from 760 back to a 200+ Watt card (250W). Prior to the 560 Ti's I was running a single stock speed, reference style cooler GTX 470. I know CPU speed will be a big bump, i7 940 at stock to an i5 4690K, and runs WAY cooler, thats already a given.