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Hello OCN,

I am currently facing a dilema.

I am running a single MSI 970 card for my 4k monitor. With fallout 4 coming out in just over 5 weeks, i want to be able to play it in 4k, or at least in 1440p with higher settings. I was going to wait until pascal was released, but since the release definitely wont be before fallout 4, my best option to play fallout is to just SLI my 970. And my neighbor who is currently running a 960 has offered to buy the two cards when pascal comes out.

SO. I have a few questions

1. How much do you guys think the 970's will be worth after pascal is released? (also note that my current one boosts up to 1604 MHz, so hopefully the second one will do just as good if not better)

2. Will cooling them be an issue? I ha sli 760's before the 970 and the top card tended to run pretty hot. Usualaly 10-12C hotter than the bottom card.

3. Should i do it? Is the loss of money worth the gains in performance? I bought the first 970 for $330, and i will be able to buy the second for the same.

Thanks in advance guys!
post #2 of 11
Another option would be to sell the 970 now and get a 980Ti. Either way, it seems like you need moar power. The single card solution is best imo.
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I thought about that, but then i would have to sell the 970 to somebody else, have to worry about shipping. And since I don't have enough rep to post here I don't even know where i would sell it. Although it does seem that a 980 ti would be better than sli 970s.... The price is a concern for me as I am saving up for a huge (~$1300) upgrade for pascal.

And yeah, single card is much better, going from my sli 760's to the single 970 was a huge upgrade for me.
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Ebay. I believe they take like a 10% cut though.
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The 970s in SLI should perform well enough, certainly for 1440. I ran a pair of 970s in surround without issue. 4k may be a bridge to far.
   
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Originally Posted by keikei View Post

Ebay. I believe they take like a 10% cut though.
Yeah not too keen on their fees.
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The 970s in SLI should perform well enough, certainly for 1440. I ran a pair of 970s in surround without issue. 4k may be a bridge to far.
That's what I was thinking, any idea what they would be worth? I was thinking they would be worth around $200 after pascal is released. But I'm looking for some more input.
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from what i have read because i too was interested in getting a 970 sli setup over a 980ti is that the 970 sli setup is worth it if you already have a 970 and running 1080p. 1440p would be max for the 3.5gb limit while 4k would be pushing it to high.

have you looked into selling on craigslist for local? could probably net about $250 for it.
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Yeah not too keen on their fees.
That's what I was thinking, any idea what they would be worth? I was thinking they would be worth around $200 after pascal is released. But I'm looking for some more input.

200 sounds about right if you sell after pascal is released.
   
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post #9 of 11
You can sell the 970 on Reddit hardwareswap. No requirements. You can probably get around $250 or so
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If you can get one for a good price, go for it. Haven't had any issues with mine. Witcher 3 ran great at 1600 DSR
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