Originally Posted by bigjdubb
Out of curiosity, what resolution are you running now? I run SLI 970's on 1080p and often feel that it is over powered for that resolution. I end up running games with DSR at 2-4x resolution just so I can feel like I'm using my hardware to its potential. I thought I would be running a new monitor by now but I just haven't found the one I want to spend money on.
I'm running a 1080p 60Hz display, my single GTX 970 delivers 1080p 60fps average in the majority of the games I play (mostly the latest games), usually on the highest settings, or near the highest settings but with AA off or something off in a few games, I'm quite happy with the performance and I suppose it wouldn't hurt to have more.
I run GTA 5 at 1080p 60fps with the majority of the settings at their highest, except for Extended Draw Distance, High resolution shadows and I think maybe Grass quality, I run that at Very High instead of Ultra IIRC with 2X MSAA.
The frame-rate average is around 60fps however I do occasionally get minimums of around 45 fps+ in areas where there is alot of grass, likely the result of the combination of 2X MSAA and very high grass quality, if I take off the AA of I don't think it dips below 50 fps in those kind of areas.
The average frame-rate is great in the games I play as it's mostly around 60 fps or higher in some cases, but sometimes the minimum bugs me a little bit when it dips between 40 to 50 fps but it's not that big of a deal to me and I could probably ride out my GTX 970 for 2 to 3 years if I really wanted to, I ran my AMD Radeon 6850 for 2 years, I loved that GPU!
I suppose the extra power of an SLI GTX 970 setup would likely push my minimum frame-rate up (in the worst case scenario) from around 40-45 fps at the highest settings in the most demanding games to somewhere in the 50+ fps range. (When SLI is working well).
Whilst also leaving some room for applications of 2X or 4X MSAA in a few games whilst still maintaining around 60fps in the majority of games at 1080p, or I could just use DSR and run games at 1440p or in-between 1080p and 1440p in attempt to maintain a 60fps average, or close to it.
However I don't think I have a game which hits my hardware harder than GTA 5 and Assassin's Creed Unity.
I was tempted to get a second GPU if I had the budget for one near the end of the year or early next year, but that's if I don't decide to buy a PS4 or an Xbox One any-time soon for the exclusives.
I also thought about selling my GPU to get a 980 Ti but I don't think I want to put up with the hassle of trying to sell it, unless I knew a friend who was interested in my GTX 970 as I've never sold any hardware before. I've also had since the first few weeks of launch.
If Pascal comes around around the time I was considering to go SLI I might hold off on the SLI setup, even though it would be a pretty powerful setup.