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Originally Posted by Zaor View Post

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ng-pmHV-RMM

If it weren't for the sli drivers and the eventual lack of optimization in a couple of years for maxwell i would grab that 980ti but the safe bet is 1080.

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Originally Posted by jprovido View Post

didnt know SLi was this bad. mad.gif

Erm, are you thinking that that's 1080 in sli compared to 980ti in sli?
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Erm, are you thinking that that's 1080 in sli compared to 980ti in sli?

I think he was expecting the 980ti sli to be a bit further ahead of the single 1080. 1200mhz 980ti's vs a 2100mhz 1080 isn't a great comparison though, tack on another 250mhz to each of those 980ti's and the gap would grow wider.
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That would be nice. I am holding out for a Strix but I am hoping I can save the $30 and get the non oc strix but I will get the OC version if that's what comes out first.

In an ideal world that's the one I would have as well. From everything I've seen or read on the AIB 1080's, I think the Strix can do everything the Gaming X can but for noticeably less money.
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Originally Posted by MNiceGuy View Post

In an ideal world that's the one I would have as well. From everything I've seen or read on the AIB 1080's, I think the Strix can do everything the Gaming X can but for noticeably less money.

Yeah, I just want those 2 pwm fan headers. If the Gaming X had them I would probably just pay the extra money and get it.
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didnt know SLi was this bad. mad.gif

It's not anywhere near as bad as the people who don't have it make it out to be.

I've been running an SLI rig for the past 3 years. Yes, some games release without SLI support or with broken SLI support. Usually the problem is fixed within a couple of days of release. Once in a while it takes longer, but those games are rare. In the past year or two the only games that I've played that never had working SLI support have all been based on the id Tech5 engine.

3 years ago it was not uncommon for SLI games to have some slight stuttering at times. 2 years ago that was mostly resolved. Over the past year I haven't had a single game do it once a proper SLI profile and optimized drivers were released. I'm still running my 4GB GTX 770 SLI setup, and in the vast majority of games I get between 980 and 980 Ti performance from them. I can't name a single game where I get worse performance than a 980.


That said, I would still recommend a single 1080 over SLI 980 Tis. Not because of a performance problem or game support with SLI, but because of the volume, heat, and energy requirements of running SLI.

Heat is a major issue. If you've got two cards running at 80C or more it can heat your whole room up pretty quick. Living in Texas during the summer I've managed to heat up my study to over 80F during daytime gaming despite the AC running full blast. It's a big enough issue that both of my 770s are now water cooled because the radiators don't dump as much heat off as a heatsink. And the other part of that issue is getting proper airflow to the lower card in an SLI setup. With dual slot cards those cards are just a few mm away from each other and the lower card has a real hard time getting fresh air through the fans. It's not uncommon to see the lower card run 5-10C hotter than the upper card. Before I switched to water cooling my lower card would frequently exceed 90C under load and throttle the GPU, which isn't a nice thing to happen in a dual GPU setup.

The volume issue is simply that you have double the amount of fans running, and if the lower card is running hotter the fans have to spin faster to keep it cool, which produces more noise. That was the other reason I went water cooled. I could run the fans on the radiators at 30% and still keep both GPUs at under 50C where they were pegged at 100% trying to keep up with the heat with air cooling. These were both MSI Twin Frozr Gaming GTX 770s.

And the energy issue may or may not be an issue for you. But fact is two cards use twice as much electricity as a single card, and two less efficient cards use more than twice as much electricity as a single, more efficient card. In my case I'm going from two very inefficient cards plus two water pumps to a single much more efficient card.

In all honestly you would probably get better performance from SLI 980 Tis, but that comes with some downsides that you would have to decide for yourself whether or not it was worth it. Much more heat, louder system, and more electricity being used. Plus if you buy games on the day of release you'll frequently have to wait a few days to a week or so before the games will work right with SLI. Those are the downsides. The upside is that when it does work correctly it will outperform a single 1080.

And if you're going to go that route you may want to look at SLI 1070s instead of 980 Tis. Less heat, less fan noise, more energy efficient, the SLI should work better with the new architecture, performance should be about the same, and the cost is similar.
Edited by moustang - 6/15/16 at 1:57pm
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Yeah, I just want those 2 pwm fan headers. If the Gaming X had them I would probably just pay the extra money and get it.

I'm considering getting the Gaming X just because it would look better in my system.



It's pretty sad when you're considering spending that much more just because of the red and black color scheme.
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Oh and MSI is taking full advantage of the FE inflation with 1070/1080 pricing.

FTFY biggrin.gif
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I'm considering getting the Gaming X just because it would look better in my system.



It's pretty sad when you're considering spending that much more just because of the red and black color scheme.

Well the Strix is !!RGB!!, you can match it to whatever you decide to get.
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Originally Posted by bigjdubb View Post

Well the Strix is !!RGB!!, you can match it to whatever you decide to get.

LOL, too bad the card itself looks ugly.

I'll probably end up getting the Strix, but that Gaming X would look so much better inside my case.
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and I thought I was the only one going for the looks. almost all the 1080's don't fit my system. that's why I ended up with the evga ftw I like how simple it looks. I really hope I can turn off the led's on the card itself. I hate leds/unneccessary lights
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