GTX 970 v.s. 980 v.s. SLI 970

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  1. joegeek

    joegeek Notebook Geek

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    Getting a gaming PC for my son had a few questions





    FIrstly this is what I will have



    -Intel® Core™ i7-5820K Processor (6-cores, 15MB Cache, Overclocked up to 3.8 GHz w/ Turbo Boost)



    -8GB Dual Channel DDR4 at 2133MHz



    -2 TB 7200 HDD





    On the fence on Windows 7 or 8. More comfortably with 7 but 8 is cheaper....







    Here is what I want



    NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 970 with 4GB GDDR5





    If I get the NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 980 with 4GB GDDR5 it is $250 extra





    If I get the Dual NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 970 graphics with 8GB total (2x 4GB) GDDR5 - NVIDIA SLI iEnabled it is $350 extra







    Thoughts?
     
  2. protivakid

    protivakid Notebook Evangelist

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    1) You are asking this in the legacy Alienware laptop forum, you will get better answers in another forum.
    2) Why so much white space?
    3) Are you building or buying? Some my questions assume building.
    4) Do you work for a retail chain that sells PC's (Walmart, BestBuy, Staples, etc.)? If so you can get some extreme discounts on i7 CPU's through Intel Retail Edge. You may have just missed the winter deal though.
    5) Either go with a single 970, single 980, or two 980's. I am from the school of though that it's always better to get a more expensive single GPU card then two weaker ones in SLI. SLI usually leads to tearing, higher TDP, higher temps in the case, incompatibility with older titles, etc. I could only recommend it when you have already maxed out your single card options and still want more.
    6) an SSD w/ the HDD will help load times for game/OS.
    7) What mobo? And don't cheap out on a no name brand, it will only lead to problems.
    8) Same questions but for PSU as (7).
    9) Are you doing the overclock? Do you have experience stability testing an OC?
    10) With both 7 & 8 you will get a free upgrade to 10 when it comes out. Personal preference for now.
    11) While 8GB should be fine I have seen some games come out with this as the recommended already. Doubt they are using the 8GB but if you afford more it won't hurt. I always spend a little more for a lower latency as well.
     
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  3. TomJGX

    TomJGX I HATE BGA!

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    I would get GTX970 SLI.. Well when SLI works, you'll get double 970 performance which will beat 980.. Even when SLI isn't that good, you'll still be quite well off...
     
  4. GTO_PAO11

    GTO_PAO11 Notebook Deity

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    Get dual 980GTX SLI. Do what I did(see sig).
     
  5. thehunterooo

    thehunterooo Notebook Consultant

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    Wrong forum as mentioned, but roll with the 980, I used 7 for a long time and went to 8.1, actually do not mind it too much.
     
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  6. Brooke75

    Brooke75 Notebook Enthusiast

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    in theory yes, however SLI on 970s are unstable right now at stock voltage and very unstable with even minor over clocking due to massive bug. I know, its what I roll and im about the put the 970s cards on ebay if I cannot get a refund. Sadly even setting manual voltages boost dosn't always work either and once you get a driver crash, a restart is needed to manually set the voltage again. Very annoying.
    BTW each card is 100% stable with boost clock of 1400mhz and in SLI, so I know I have 2 good cards. The voltage dip is 0.1-0.12volts, this is more than you can boost in the software, so perfect stability is impossible.

    Gone back to my 660ti SLI for now, while I consider which single 980 card to go far.
     
  7. Cloudfire

    Cloudfire (Really odd person)

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    Get GM200 in March/April
     
  8. LaptopNut

    LaptopNut Notebook Virtuoso

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    Install Windows 8.1 and use 'Startisback' to get it to function like Windows 7.
     
  9. bluefox94

    bluefox94 Notebook Consultant

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    I think the safe bet is to go with the best single GPU you can afford at time if you are inexperienced with SLI. However I did not have any problem with my 980M SLI so far.
     
  10. kent1146

    kent1146 Notebook Prophet

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    Most important question that nobody asked:
    What is the resolution of the monitor that you will be using on this computer?

    If you're using 1080p (1920x1080), both the GTX 970 and GTX 980 are overkill for what you need. Get the GTX 970, simply because it's cheaper.

    If you're using 1440p (2560x1440), a single GTX 970 will be more than enough for what you need.

    If you're driving >1440p (3440x1440p or 3840x2160), then you're going to need at least a single GTX 980. If your pockets are deep and you need even more graphics power at 4K resolutions or higher, then you should start looking into SLI.
     
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