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Upgrading from 970SLI to 980ti SLI for 4k gaming

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As the titles says, is this a horrible idea? I recently got a 4k monitor (which is awesome) but my 970s struggle to run above 40fps at 4k on modern games. Would it be a bad idea to sell my 970s to get 980ti SLI?


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I would keep what you have or get an overclocked single 980 Ti. I doubt you will achieve significant higher fps with a 980ti SLI. It's tough to achieve the desired 50-60 fps of current games running in 4K.

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just wait for pascal, it's right around the corner...
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980 Ti would be pretty great for 4K. Just remember that at single one struggles to render most moder games at max settings at 4K.

In the near furure some games will be even more demanding and I'm afraid even a pair of 980 won't ben enough for max details/60fps at 4K. You may wanna hold off until Pascal if you wanna be sure your rig will handle 4K at max details for some time.
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just wait for pascal, it's right around the corner...
3-6 months isn't right around the corner. But I agree if it is for 4K he should wait. Even 980 Ti SLI will struggle to render the most intense games at 60fps.
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Hmm, good point. Like I said, honestly the only game I struggled to even play at 4k was Witcher 3 and Division beta.

I also have a oclulus pre-ordered and hope my 970s will run that good. Thanks guys.
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3-6 months isn't right around the corner. But I agree if it is for 4K he should wait. Even 980 Ti SLI will struggle to render the most intense games at 60fps.

The concept of the GPU struggling kind of makes me laugh. It's always outputting exactly what it's capable of unless it is restricted by thermals. That would be about the only time it actually "struggles." Ok that and if you have a PSU that's not able to supply enough good clean power.

Anyway at 4K "max settings" may include more AA than is necessary for some players. In some cases one might disable the AA completely. In those cases you can often see above that "magical" 60 fps with 980 Ti SLI. Or you can drop one or two sliders to achieve it.

Perhaps even look at a 4K G-Sync monitor for those games that don't quite achieve 60 but can stay over 40.
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The concept of the GPU struggling kind of makes me laugh. It's always outputting exactly what it's capable of unless it is restricted by thermals. That would be about the only time it actually "struggles." Ok that and if you have a PSU that's not able to supply enough good clean power.

Anyway at 4K "max settings" may include more AA than is necessary for some players. In some cases one might disable the AA completely. In those cases you can often see above that "magical" 60 fps with 980 Ti SLI. Or you can drop one or two sliders to achieve it.

Perhaps even look at a 4K G-Sync monitor for those games that don't quite achieve 60 but can stay over 40.
Well there's your problem. The 980 Ti isn't gonna get more powerful as time goes by, games will be more demanding though. There is next to 0 chance this configuration will be able to run the next Crysis-like game at 4K and 60fps maxed out even without AA.

http://www.gamersnexus.net/guides/1970-gtx-980-ti-sli-benchmark-vs-sli-980-titan-x/Page-2

Witcher 3 achieves an average of 56fps at 4K. 980 Ti SLI is very very powerful but 4K is extremely demanding as we already all know. This game will slaughter everything at 1440p and below but can often meet its match at 4K and maxed settings. It's only gonna get worse from here on out unless NVIDIA releases some crazy drivers or DX12 proves to be a massive improvement.
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Well there's your problem. The 980 Ti isn't gonna get more powerful as time goes by, games will be more demanding though. There is next to 0 chance this configuration will be able to run the next Crysis-like game at 4K and 60fps maxed out even without AA.

http://www.gamersnexus.net/guides/1970-gtx-980-ti-sli-benchmark-vs-sli-980-titan-x/Page-2

Witcher 3 achieves an average of 56fps at 4K. 980 Ti SLI is very very powerful but 4K is extremely demanding as we already all know. This game will slaughter everything at 1440p and below but can often meet its match at 4K and maxed settings. It's only gonna get worse from here on out unless NVIDIA releases some crazy drivers or DX12 proves to be a massive improvement.

LOL - I don't have a problem with it. I pointed out the word "struggling" makes me laugh because that's really not the case but sure, as games become more demanding, FPS doesn't meet the user requirement if the hardware isn't upgraded.

Again, a 4K G-Sync monitor is a very good alternative to simply waiting for Pascal. The monitor will still be able to function after.
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LOL - I don't have a problem with it. I pointed out the word "struggling" makes me laugh because that's really not the case but sure, as games become more demanding, FPS doesn't meet the user requirement if the hardware isn't upgraded.

Again, a 4K G-Sync monitor is a very good alternative to simply waiting for Pascal. The monitor will still be able to function after.
Well for most of us I believe the magical number is 60fps. 56fps at 4K is kinda struggling in my books.

He could for sure by a 4K G-Sync monitor but he'll be stuck with a pair of 970's to drive his games. I had a set of them about 6 months ago. They did a decent job at 1440p. I stress, decent. At 4K they won't achieve 60fps in the most demanding games.
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