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Will 970 SLI or 980Ti do a better job in 1080P?

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Hi guys. I have a 970 but I found that the performance of it is not enough for Rise of the Tomb Raider, and it's just a start. Newer games would require more performance. So I'm woundering of selling my 970 and go for a 980Ti, or buy an extra 970 for SLI. I've done some researches and I have found that the 970 SLI has a higher performance but because SLI can't add that 4Gx2 of VRAM together , so I'm worried about the lack of VRAM. Since I only run the game under 1080P, I don't know if I really need that 6GB of VRAM that 980 Ti has.
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With the price drops hitting I would get a second 970. My 970 sli outperforms a 2100mhz GTX 1080 @ 1080p gaming. Sure some horrible ports will want 8gb for 1080p like Shadows of Mordor , Black Ops 3, and a handful of others but there is no reason for a properly coded game to need that much vram @ 1080p. Some will instantly reply after this I am sure sighting that the new Mirrors Edge needs more vram@ 1080 so that must mean all new games need it. rolleyes.gif

I have yet to see a game my 970's cant outperform a 980ti or GTX1080 for that matter @ 1080p. 2cents.gif
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I would buy GTX 980 Ti. GTX 980 Ti is only 5-6% slower than GTX 970 SLI. With overclock you have similar or more performance.

GTX 980 Ti you would have no SLI scaling problems, 2,5GB more VRAM, less heat and noise.

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I would buy GTX 980 Ti. GTX 980 Ti is only 5-6% slower than GTX 970 SLI. With overclock you have similar or more performance.

GTX 980 Ti you would have no SLI scaling problems, 2,5GB more VRAM, less heat and noise.

Yes I can see the advantages that 980 Ti has, but it's much more expensive. And 970 SLI is quite outstanding. I'm confused.
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If you are not planning to get VR anytime soon, the 2nd 970 is probably your best price/performance upgrade. I'm really happy with mine gaming at 1920x1080, and the only reason I would upgrade is if they continue to not support SLI for the Oculus Rift. My overclocked 970s perform better than a stock GTX 1080.

Early test results show the stock GTX 1080 getting a 21828 graphics score and my overclocked SLI 970s get 26620 graphics score gaming stable on Firestrike.




Edited by kl6mk6 - 6/20/16 at 5:10pm
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If you're planning to make an investment that will last you a couple of years, I'd not get the 970 for 2 reasons. 1 being that its a 3.5 GB card rather than a 4GB one that has much profound effects when SLI'd. As a single card, the cards a champ. Secondly, you could theoretically get the same or better performance 100% of the time by going 980ti and while the prices of the 970 haven't taken a large hit, its a good time still to trade up.
As an aside, would you mind going AMD ?
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Between the two, I'd strongly recommend the 980Ti.

Reasons:
  1. Not all games support SLI and many don't scale that well
  2. Even games that may support SLI from a frame rate perspective may not have superior frame times compared to a single, more powerful GPU. SLI also often has issues like frame drops, depending on the title. Multi-GPU setups always do.
  3. The extra VRAM may be helpful in the future.

You cannot just look at the frame rates and think, "oh SLI 970 is better than 980Ti". Considerations like frame times are also worth thinking about.

May i also recommend that you consider a GTX 1070 if you wait a bit? It may also be worth waiting to see what AMD has to offer with the Vega 10.
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If you're planning to make an investment that will last you a couple of years, I'd not get the 970 for 2 reasons. 1 being that its a 3.5 GB card rather than a 4GB one that has much profound effects when SLI'd. As a single card, the cards a champ. Secondly, you could theoretically get the same or better performance 100% of the time by going 980ti and while the prices of the 970 haven't taken a large hit, its a good time still to trade up.
As an aside, would you mind going AMD ?
The rx480 is coming but I'm not going for an AMD because my 290X burned few months before:o. The VRAM problem worries me. Can some one please show me some examples of whether the VRAM is enough running some up to date games?
Thank you for your replies.
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The 290 reference cards were bad but not because of their performance but the reference coolers. The new RX480 are expected to be better in this regard than the Hawaii. Plus cheaper. I'd also be looking to wait until big pascal and Vega from either vendors as the current lineup of cards offer meh performance for the price.
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