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Is it time for me to get a new GPU for 1080p gaming?

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All the specs & details are below. Mostly, I think I am fine. When it comes to optimized games, such as Witcher 3, I get constant and consistent 60fps 95% of the time, falls to 55fps on rare occasions. However, for Witcher 3, I use ReShade SweetFX & tweaked settings that are more demanding than default Ultra settings, although I do not use NVidia HairWorks.

Most games run really well, even Metal Gear Solid runs at 60fps with NVidia HBAP + Extra Extra High settings mod, which is very demanding compared to vanilla Extra High settings. On Vanilla Extra High settings, I can use 1440p DSR to 1080p downscaling and remain @ 60fps 90% of the time. In several games, such as Pillars of Eternity, Wasteland 2 - Director's Cut, Deus Ex - Human Revolution (Director's Cut), older games (Amnesia, NeverWinter Nights 2, etc.), I use 4K DSR to 1080p downscalig, Other games I use @ 1080p run at 90-120fps, such as Shadow Warrior DirectX 11 edition + NVidia HBAO+, Battlefield 4, The Vanishing of Ethar Carter - Redux. Super-modded STALKER runs at 60fps 95% of the time and so do Metro - Redux games with 2x SSAA & maxed out settings.

Some games, however, are not running all that great at Very High settings (let alone Ultra settings). I have to use somewhat dumbed down settings in GTA V, although I use superior ReShade SweetFX superior to in-game + ENB's superior to in-game MSAA, which further reduces performance by ignoring NVidia's MFAA setting.. I set Post-Processing to High, Grass to High, MSAA to 4x. I set Extended Shadow Distance slider to the highest setting, but to get 60fps 90% of the time, I had to set Extended Distance Scaling to about 20%. The rest of setting are @ Ultra or their highest value.

My system is well-optimized, practically nothing, except for MSI AB & Uni Xonar Audio Panel, running in the background. BIOS and OS are optimized for best performance and the lowest latencies. When verified with LatencyMon, my idle latencies are about 16-40ms, but stupid Qualcomm Atheros Wi-Fi drivers make latencies go as high as 120ms during heavy load. In addition I updated specific OROM's (Firmware), such as Intel RST AHCI, Intel RAID, Intel MEI, Intel CPU Microcode, Intel GPU, Intel LAN, ASMedia SATA, and ASMedia USB, using UBU (UEFI BIOS Updater). All the drivers for the devices are listed are also updated.

What makes more sense - waiting for Pascal or getting non-reference, 3rd party GTX 980 Ti?
Edited by MonarchX - 10/17/15 at 11:10am
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Def not worth the jump a 980 ti will give. I'd wait for pascal.
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Titan X SLI. I get 80FPS in GTA V maxed settings @ 1600p.
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I'd wait unless you have a money tree.
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Originally Posted by Apexii22 View Post

Titan X SLI. I get 80FPS in GTA V maxed settings @ 1600p.

I surely will never use SLI because of additional input lag and possibility of problems. Titan X alone uses crap cooling,which means extra money for custom water-cooling, which also won't be happening. That leaves 3rd party-cooled GTX 980 Ti from Gigabyte or MSI.
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Not worth the jump.

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1080p is nothing for the last couple generations of GPU and I would just keep with the 980 until it fails to deliver 60FPS or hit the 4GB memory wall. I'm running a single 970 on 5760x1080 (5980x1080 bezel corrected) and most games will run 60FPS on ultra and the rest will run High no problem. GTA V everything is High with decent levels of AA, and I run 60-90FPS and not hitting a memory wall of 3.5GB on this card.

But it seems you are more interested in running every single setting maxed out no matter how hard they hit the GPU, plus extra mods to enhance your games that were already decent looking. This would lead me to suggest you buy a higher resolution monitor. If you are after all these little increases in eye candy you can possibly get, you will need the monitor to get better as well. You stated that you are upscaling your games to 1440p and the games ran fine so you may as well just get the real 1440p experience rather than still being stuck at 1080p.
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I would only trade this monitor if a 1440p or 1600p or 4K VA monitor with 120Hz light-strobing and 5000:1 + contrast ratio would come out. Until then, this monitor stays. I've compared it to high-end 1440p IPS monitor (with G-Sync) and high-end 4K IPS monitor. Both had terrible contrast ratio, very high black level (pretty much gray), terrible contrast ratio (1000:1 or less) and also IPS glow.
Edited by MonarchX - 10/17/15 at 11:14am
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Personally I do not think the move from 980 to 980Ti at 1080p is a worthwhile upgrade path.
But heck I have made smaller upgrades than that and been happy. When I start to feel my system is lacking in an area it starts to eat away at me.
I know I am going to make a purchase soon once I start looking around the web, lol.

You did not mention it in your post, but would you like to have higher frame rates for your FG2421?

If you sold your 980 the purchase price would even be a bit more palatable.
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I am wondering - is GTX 980 @ 1080p just as fast as GTX Titan X / GTX 980 Ti @ 1440p?
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