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Currently running an R9270 I know new cards are coming soon but I need to pick something up To game for the next 4-6 months while we wait for stock to stabilize and everything.

been finding some sick deals on 970's and was wondering how they would do in sli to play at 1440p.

Is SLI and Xfire still broke for most titles?
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Originally Posted by sonoma View Post

Currently running an R9270 I know new cards are coming soon but I need to pick something up To game for the next 4-6 months while we wait for stock to stabilize and everything.

been finding some sick deals on 970's and was wondering how they would do in sli to play at 1440p.

Is SLI and Xfire still broke for most titles?

pretty much yeah. SLI supports aint good lately.
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pretty much yeah. SLI supports aint good lately.

How is SLI broken and not good? I've had 0 problems. My PC disables SLI after a driver update so I have to re-enable it each time which is annoying but otherwise it's been fine.
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pretty much yeah. SLI supports aint good lately.

Not sure what you're playing but 95% (of 40+) of my titles play fine in SLI and the few that don't are a click away from being fine. wink.gif

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Most new games I've played have worked with crossfire if I force it to use one of the two default rendering types you can try. Sometimes there are odd graphical glitches though, like models occasionally flickering.

I'm sure if the one game you want to play is one that it doesn't work on, it would be pretty frustrating though. The second card will just be sitting in your PC hanging out.
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Currently running an R9270 I know new cards are coming soon but I need to pick something up To game for the next 4-6 months while we wait for stock to stabilize and everything.

been finding some sick deals on 970's and was wondering how they would do in sli to play at 1440p.

Is SLI and Xfire still broke for most titles?

Do It! Love my SLI 980 SC.

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I had that dilemma over a year ago. Bought gsync 1440p 144hz monitor and realised that I need extra ponnies to push all these pixels. So I bought 2 x gtx 970. Recently one card just died so I'm using only one card at the moment. This gives me a fresh look on sli vs non sli.

Honestly I won't go sli again. Yes you will get extra power and most games support it but devil is in details. Non sli experience is just smoother. Micro stutters and frame time issues are serious in my eyes.
Then you have heat and noise issues which are annoying as hell. And little things like enabling sli every driver change.
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I had that dilemma over a year ago. Bought gsync 1440p 144hz monitor and realised that I need extra ponnies to push all these pixels. So I bought 2 x gtx 970. Recently one card just died so I'm using only one card at the moment. This gives me a fresh look on sli vs non sli.

Honestly I won't go sli again. Yes you will get extra power and most games support it but devil is in details. Non sli experience is just smoother. Micro stutters and frame time issues are serious in my eyes.
Then you have heat and noise issues which are annoying as hell. And little things like enabling sli every driver change.

This was pretty much my experience with Crossfire as well. Sure the framerates are great, but the tweaking, stuttering, noise/thermals and new titles often not supporting (or suffering from) multiple cards made me realize that getting one top-tier card and not trying to game at 4k just makes more sense. My single Fury-X is crushing The Division at 1600p right now.
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I went from crossfire 7970 which caused me hell to a single 980.....................then I upgraded that to 980 ti sli and I dont think I can ever go back to a single card. The Fps gain in most games is needed to get above 60-100 fps for my x34

Havent had any issues with tearings or hassles. Only real issue is with poorly optimized games barely using the second card.
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If you need a new GPU for 1440p and can't wait for the new ones to arrive your best choice would be a 390X.

As for the 970 I rate it 3.5/4.

Ninja edit ...CF/ SLI.
Unless you have money to burn and or are building a system around games that fully support it I wouldn't bother.
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