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hi all. i decided to go with a 980ti over a fury x or 970 sli setup to replace my five year old 470.

right now my first choice for a 980ti is the evga hybrid 980ti. from all the reviews i've seen for it it has had the lowest temperature out side of going full custom loop. low enough to allow for high boost levels and overclocks. i saw one review where they were able to push it to 1.4ghz core and stay under 70c, though they didn't list ambient temperature which i'm assuming was super low.

if i could just get it to 1.3ghz under 70c i would be just as happy since i live in an area with a high ambient temperature.

but the only draw back is that its a stock, reference pcb design. from what i can tell it doens't seem to matter much but having a custom pcb does appeal to me.

my other choices, listed from highest to lowest in terms of choice are:

gigabyte 980ti g1 gaming
evga 980ti classified
asus 980ti strix gaming

the gigabyte 980ti g1 gaming is my second favorite. it looks awesome, offers great factory overclock + boost coupled with an awesome cooler + backplate and a nice pcb design. it also has two dvi ports which are a plus if i decided to grab a second benq 144hz monitor and don't have to deal with adapters (i just ordered one to replace my samsung 60hz).

the evga classified seems to be a solid card and people appear to like it. it looks like its based off of the ftw version but comes with a backplate which is a plus. i personally like evga. owning a evga 470 from 2010 evga has been nothing but good. i also like their support and warranty.

from what i've read in reviews the strix gaming from asus appears to have the strongest out of the box overclock and boost speeds. coming in at 1.3ghz. it appears to have a massive cooler slapped on it and a fantastic pcb layout + power delivery system. down side it seems asus favors low noise vs cooling so the fans don't spin fast. i personally don't mind the noise and living in a high ambient area, i would gladly take noise for better cooling.

outside of those pics, i'm open to other alternatives.
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I like the G1 Gaming or the MSI model.
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I personally think this is a mistake! If nVidia's dx12 woes are true, your card will be as useful as your 470 is now when new titles are released.

I'd personally get a cheap hold over until Pascal. A 290, 290x, 780ti, and the 970 will push all dx9/11 titles at 1080p.

If Pascal weren't around the corner than the 980ti would be a great choice, but the next generation of GPUs is more like the jump the from the 200 series to Fermi than the marginal performance/infrastructure gains we're seeing now.
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(470->970 upgrader who was also thinking about 970 SLI vs 980ti)

Edit: Also, the search function is your friend

Edit 2: Should be more clear: any current high-end GPU will not hold out as long as your 470 - it will be antiquated in two years with the switch to HBM and DX12.
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check out the galax 980 ti HOF. right now it comes with a 240g ssd for $699. has 8 phase gpu+2 phase memory power. stock clock is 1291.
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check out the galax 980 ti HOF. right now it comes with a 240g ssd for $699. has 8 phase gpu+2 phase memory power. stock clock is 1291.

wow that looks like one nice card. never herd of galax before. don't see them listed on newegg or amazon.
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wow that looks like one nice card. never herd of galax before. don't see them listed on newegg or amazon.

you buy direct from them.
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I have the hybrid and can definitely vouch for the kind of performance you were talking about. My ambient is kept at 79 degrees F, and the highest Ive seen mu card reach is 52C. Its overclocked stable to 1472 mhz with no artifacts or crashes. GTA 5 is the most demanding game I have and at 1440p it stays right around the 50C mark.
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i have the gigabyte windforce non-gaming edition - i have it at 1508 core and 8ghz 24/7 stable with no artifact or crashes. gigabyte has super quiet fans, i run them at 80% can can barely hear them, never breaks 58 celsius for me, even in long gaming sessions biggrin.gif

i got it on sale for 620 usd shipped biggrin.gif
    
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Since Maxwell doesn't really scale with voltage beyond 1.25V unless you go sub-zero, my honest opinion is there's no point in spending extra for a custom PCB, unless you're OCD like me and MUST squeeze every last MHz out of your card.

I had the 980 Ti Classified for a bit and it's quite a nice card. However I had some major coil whine issues with two different cards, so in the end I decided not to bother and got an MSI 980 Ti Gaming, mostly because my bank was running an awesome cash back deal with TigerDirect, so I got the particular card for $610, without having to pay the murderous 9.25% CA tax on top of that. thumb.gif Just be aware that IMO the stock air cooler is a bit weak, and temps may limit your OC potential unless you put it under water. So if temps are your #1 priority, then yes the hybrid would probably be your best bet, unless you plan on going full custom loop.

Also having heard many many horror stories about RMAing an ASUS GPU, I'd personally steer clear of them. They make nice hardware, but it seems they don't quite stand behind their hardware when push comes to shove. But that's just my very subjective opinion.
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I have the hybrid and can definitely vouch for the kind of performance you were talking about. My ambient is kept at 79 degrees F, and the highest Ive seen mu card reach is 52C. Its overclocked stable to 1472 mhz with no artifacts or crashes. GTA 5 is the most demanding game I have and at 1440p it stays right around the 50C mark.

^^This, another vote for the Hybrid smile.gif I own it and wouldn't pick anything else
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