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post #1 of 45
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Hi people,
Basically I'm looking to buy a acer predator x34 in the next week and I was looking to upgrade my gpu to a couple new ones but I'm not sure as to what.
My options are either a couple 980 ti cards or a couple Titan x cards.

I was mainly looking at 980ti cards as I think the Titan x cards are a tad of a waste of cash however I was thinking the 12gb vram might be worth it considering the new pascal range cards will have a minimum of 12gb so it sorta future proofs me a tad more than just 6?
What do u reckon and if so what gpu card do u suggest? I will be watercooling for sure!!
I was looking at the new Asus Poseidon platinum 980 ti or the kfa2 hof 980ti wc edition however it never seems to be in stock.
Cheers
post #2 of 45
If I were to pick now:
1) MSI 980Ti Lightning (they don't come better than this)
2) MSI 980Ti Sea Hawk
3)Zotac 980Ti Extreme Arctic Storm

also 2x Titan X = 3x 980ti

If you got the moneys for Titan X SLI I'd personally go 3x 980Ti Lightning. Might cost a bit more but the performance, whew....
post #3 of 45
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Originally Posted by Klocek001 View Post

If I were to pick now:
1) MSI 980Ti Lightning (they don't come better than this)
2) MSI 980Ti Sea Hawk
3)Zotac 980Ti Extreme Arctic Storm

also 2x Titan X = 3x 980ti

If you got the moneys for Titan X SLI I'd personally go 3x 980Ti Lightning. Might cost a bit more but the performance, whew....
the only thing that concerns me is that when the pascal range of cards come out will games just start getting sloppy with coding because there's so much vram on modern cards so 6gb will become bare minimum?
I used to have 3 way sli but most games just are not optimised enough to warrant the extra cash.
post #4 of 45
you're right about the 3 way sli, I just though you were going for the overkill biggrin.gif
6GB is plenty, still more than enough. 12GB on a GPU is just plain VRAM gluttony. I expect John Goodman has those.
post #5 of 45
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you're right about the 3 way sli, I just though you were going for the overkill biggrin.gif
6GB is plenty, still more than enough. 12GB on a GPU is just plain VRAM gluttony. I expect John Goodman has those.
But is it enough to get 100fps on ultra settings on the new acer predator x34?
post #6 of 45
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But is it enough to get 100fps on ultra settings on the new acer predator x34?
more depends on the actual GPU speed itself and the CPU. 6GB is plenty. I got a 2560x1440 and a 980ti and I don't remember ever coming close to 4GB.
post #7 of 45
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more depends on the actual GPU speed itself and the CPU. 6GB is plenty. I got a 2560x1440 and a 980ti and I don't remember ever coming close to 4GB.
Yeah to be fair my 980 never really goes passed 2gb but I though 6 would be minimum for 4k.
Mabe the Poseidon then because it's a hybrid card so it saves me buying a waterblock. Money isn't really an issue but ovs I don't want to throw it at something silly lol.
I actually like the fact that the Poseidon is chunky looking so it looks bulkier in the case as compared to my hydro copper cards
post #8 of 45
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Yeah to be fair my 980 never really goes passed 2gb but I though 6 would be minimum for 4k.
Mabe the Poseidon then because it's a hybrid card so it saves me buying a waterblock. Money isn't really an issue but ovs I don't want to throw it at something silly lol.
I actually like the fact that the Poseidon is chunky looking so it looks bulkier in the case as compared to my hydro copper cards
3440x1440 is not even close to 4K
https://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=pl&tl=en&u=http%3A%2F%2Fpclab.pl%2Fart65401.html
post #9 of 45
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3440x1440 is not even close to 4K
https://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=pl&tl=en&u=http%3A%2F%2Fpclab.pl%2Fart65401.html
^^
3440x1440 is roughly 4.9 million pixels; 4k is around 8 million.

If money is no object, get the Titans because Titan. If money is even the slightest consideration, the 980ti gives you a TON more bang for your buck and the only thing you're really losing is the 6gb of VRAM.

To the question of futureproofing, God only knows. There were some benchmarks back in June-July comparing the GTX 980, 980ti, and Titan X, and one of the things they looked at was memory usage at 1080p vs 1440p vs 4k. It took 4k to get even the GTX 980 to bottleneck on AAA titles (I think Witcher 3 was the only one that did, and even so just barely). None of the other titles even really came close to 3gb at ANY resolution IIRC. So for now and in the immediate future, it won't be an issue. But there's no real way to know how needs will change over the next couple of years.
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^^
3440x1440 is roughly 4.9 million pixels; 4k is around 8 million.

If money is no object, get the Titans because Titan. If money is even the slightest consideration, the 980ti gives you a TON more bang for your buck and the only thing you're really losing is the 6gb of VRAM.

To the question of futureproofing, God only knows. There were some benchmarks back in June-July comparing the GTX 980, 980ti, and Titan X, and one of the things they looked at was memory usage at 1080p vs 1440p vs 4k. It took 4k to get even the GTX 980 to bottleneck on AAA titles (I think Witcher 3 was the only one that did, and even so just barely). None of the other titles even really came close to 3gb at ANY resolution IIRC. So for now and in the immediate future, it won't be an issue. But there's no real way to know how needs will change over the next couple of years.

That's not to bad then I think I'll go with a couple 980 ti cards. What card would u recommend?
I'll probably overclock them both so I don't really need to go for a massive factory oc card unless the build of it warrants the extra cash.
Eg I hear the Asia strix is an amazing card but I'd still need to buy 2 waterblocks so it would cost more than the Poseidon with only an extra 80 or so MHz
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