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hi, i was wondering if anyone had any thoughts on whether or not i should upgrade to a 1080ti or spend about 100 dollars on another gtx 780 i see on craigslist and sli it?

Currently, i only have 1080p Monitors. i would like to upgrade to either 1440p or 4k in the near future.

i would also like to get a VR in the near future as well, but am waiting to see what new stuff comes out for the vive or oculus before diving into that. (dont know how long that will be)

im just conflicted on whether or not to upgrade to the 1080ti now because of 1. Vega is going to be released soon, and 2. im wondering if the new generation of nvidia graphics cards will be a big leap or not from the latest iteration of pascal.

maybe the 780 sli with high frames at 1080p can hold me off til i take the full plunge to get everything i want at once?

any thoughts/suggestions appreciated.
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I'm thinking the latest Nvidia leap was pretty big, and we won't be seeing the same thing again for a while.

What games do you play that a 780 isn't enough at 1080p? Can you find any sli benchmarks for said games?

Do you have the extra cash to spend on a 1080ti? Do you pay for your own electricity?

^Some things to take into consideration. Good luck.
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i recently upgraded from 780 SLI to a single 1080ti. I'm at 1440p 144hz and the upgrade was great for me.

I put my (2) 780's in my 2nd rig (family games on it) and it's only with a 1080p 60hz monitor and it is completely overkill.
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I'm thinking the latest Nvidia leap was pretty big, and we won't be seeing the same thing again for a while.

What games do you play that a 780 isn't enough at 1080p? Can you find any sli benchmarks for said games?

Do you have the extra cash to spend on a 1080ti? Do you pay for your own electricity?

^Some things to take into consideration. Good luck.

some examples would be the witcher 3, sometimes battlefield 1, rise of the tomb raider, fallout 4, rust, etc.

witcher 3, if i dont use the hair effects, im good at around 50-60 fps. but i want to be able to use max settings and 60+ fps

battlefield 1 at max settings seems to be around 40-55 fps. not very playable at that to me so i put it down to medium or high.

rise of the tomb raider, have to set some settings down to get 60 fps. cant use full texture (but thats a vram issue so no biggie)

fallout 4, cant use max settings and get 60fps, frames drop around the lower 40s a lot, especially in towns.

rust...well rust just has issues so maybe doesnt have anything to do with the card tongue.gif

So yeah, i know playing max settings isnt NECESSARY but its what i want to do. really would like to have 60+ frames on everything

money isnt an issue. thanks for the reply.
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i recently upgraded from 780 SLI to a single 1080ti. I'm at 1440p 144hz and the upgrade was great for me.

I put my (2) 780's in my 2nd rig (family games on it) and it's only with a 1080p 60hz monitor and it is completely overkill.

i was thinking about doing something similar. pretty much going to just make a new computer centered around the 1080ti if it is worth it and just use the 780 system as a secondary or let my girlfriend use it for gaming at 1080p. how is the 1080ti doing with 1440p? is 4k not worth it at monitor size? i would really like to get high frames (60+) preferably (120+)but a higher resolution than 1080p if i was to upgrade. thanks!
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some examples would be the witcher 3, sometimes battlefield 1, rise of the tomb raider, fallout 4, rust, etc.

witcher 3, if i dont use the hair effects, im good at around 50-60 fps. but i want to be able to use max settings and 60+ fps

battlefield 1 at max settings seems to be around 40-55 fps. not very playable at that to me so i put it down to medium or high.

rise of the tomb raider, have to set some settings down to get 60 fps. cant use full texture (but thats a vram issue so no biggie)

fallout 4, cant use max settings and get 60fps, frames drop around the lower 40s a lot, especially in towns.

rust...well rust just has issues so maybe doesnt have anything to do with the card tongue.gif

So yeah, i know playing max settings isnt NECESSARY but its what i want to do. really would like to have 60+ frames on everything

money isnt an issue. thanks for the reply.


i was thinking about doing something similar. pretty much going to just make a new computer centered around the 1080ti if it is worth it and just use the 780 system as a secondary or let my girlfriend use it for gaming at 1080p. how is the 1080ti doing with 1440p? is 4k not worth it at monitor size? i would really like to get high frames (60+) preferably (120+)but a higher resolution than 1080p if i was to upgrade. thanks!

the 1080ti is perfect for 1440p 144hz without question, much more efficient (less fan noise and lower temps in my office).

I don't have any experience with 4k and the 1080ti but from what I have read in the owner's thread, it does fine as long as you adjust graphics settings
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the 1080ti is perfect for 1440p 144hz without question, much more efficient (less fan noise and lower temps in my office).

I don't have any experience with 4k and the 1080ti but from what I have read in the owner's thread, it does fine as long as you adjust graphics settings

how did you feel from them quality from 1080p to 4k? and no desire to go 4k? i feel if i get 1440p, id be able to hit the frames i want with a 1080ti but i also feel like i'd be lagging behind not going with 4k. but the 4k monitors that have higher than 60hz havent released yet with all the specs i want, but 1 1080ti wont even get 144hz at 4k so i guess it doesnt even matter.
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I haven't done any 4K gaming yet and as far as I know it's still limited to 60hz. I have been using high refresh rate displays for gaming for a few years now and I prefer it over 60hz 100%.

once 4K has higher refresh rates and the gpu power is there to do it I will definitely do that but for now 1440p 144hz is pretty great to me and now that I can do that with a single card even better.
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It's difficult. Getting a 1080ti would be a MASSIVE upgrade over a 780 SLI. Couple of things, even if SLI worked in every game and it scaled 100%, the 1080ti would still be faster. Reality is, SLI doesn't work that well.

Even a 1080 would be a big upgrade over 780 SLI, and the 1080ti is some 25% faster.

About whether to wait, I'm not expecting anything super outrageous from Vega, compared to the 1080ti. There's been some rumours about Volta 2xxx range launching Q3 2017 this morning. Volta will most likely be the next big step up in performance and my guess is it won't happen till Q1 2018, but you never know.

Either way, it's the old waiting game. There's always something better around the corner, right?

About monitors, I would seriously just hold out for a bit. A lot of people seem to be spending £600+ on Predators and similar monitors, but the monitor market is on a cusp of a change. We'll be seeing UltraWide monitors capable of 144mhz with good panels for reasonable prices really soon. There's already Koreans out there doing this, but not quite right. But things should improve in 2018.

4K is still a little bit off, unless you're happy with 60fps. I personally will take a 1440p/UltraWide with 100fps+ over a 4K60. 1080ti is almost there for a solid 4k60 but Volta might just get us over that hump.

Just a quick example, I can run The Witcher 3 with everything maxed, including hair maxed at around 80fps average, at 1440p. No way you'll get that with a 780 SLI setup. And I'm only on a single 1080.

EDIT: Looking at your spec, this is what I'd do...
  1. Forget about the 1080ti for now
  2. You have a decent processor in there, make sure it's overclocked
  3. Get 16gb of 2400mhz Ram, or faster, sweet spot for value for money atm would be 3200mhz Ram
  4. Get a SSD for your OS and a few games, half a terrabyte should be enough for this
  5. Buy a 1070 or 1080 with the money you have left over and keep the spare £300 aside for Volta


Your 8gb of 1333mhz ram is holding you back a fair amount, also a SSD would make your PC a lot more snappy, some games also benefit from SSD. 1070 and 1080 will be plenty for 1080p.

Sorry about the wall of text ^
Edited by eclap - 4/21/17 at 3:53am
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If you're just looking for a bump in performance, a 1070 will literally double your framerates compared to a single 780. An upgrade to a 1080 Ti @ 1080P is so far beyond overkill that it's laughable; a 1080 Ti is a 1440P @ 144hz or 4k @ 60+ hz card.
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If you're just looking for a bump in performance, a 1070 will literally double your framerates compared to a single 780. An upgrade to a 1080 Ti @ 1080P is so far beyond overkill that it's laughable; a 1080 Ti is a 1440P @ 144hz or 4k @ 60+ hz card.

A 1080ti will not push 1440p 144hz quite enough. Close, but not quite. He's looking into the 1080ti because he's also thinking about upgrading his monitor from 1080p though.
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