980 Ti SLI vs Titan x 2016

darksonic4

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Hello, So I currently have a 980 ti, and i was wondering which of the 2 options should i do
1- Sell it and get a Titan X
2- Get 2 more 980 tis and have a 3 way SLI

The reason i ask is, i looked at benchmarks for several games and so far the 3 way SLI seems to get an avg of 20-50 more fps then 1 Titan X. So i am not sure which to pick.
 

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BF1 for sure 60+ fps on 1440p ultra. I strongly believe a single gtx 980 ti can also achieve that with relative ease (also, just to note, gtx 1070 or gtx 1080 for that matter). But I wouldn't count on the gtx 1080 ti as the performance gap between Titan X pascal and gtx 1080 is even less than at maxwell 20-30%, especially if you OC the gtx 1080. It would be difficult to squeeze a gtx 1080 ti there. But
I think they are going to release it around the time Vega comes out. My guess is a slightly cut Titan X 2016 with gddr5 instead of gddr5x (altough they may keep the 12gb gddr5x, maybe lower clocked). But still, in your place, I would skip this generation of gpus.
 

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I have the new titan x pascal and have had the 980ti. The titan x pascal runs bit higher than 2x 980ti sli in almost everything. 3 way will beat it but then thats if in sli configured games and programs. I always go single card over sli where possible.
4k max everything every game runs 50 to 80fps no prob. Crysis 3 is only game running 40 to 50fps. But with msaax2 it runs in 50 to 60fps.
The newer games like dom run 110fps no prob.
Not much touches single titan x pascal. I advise that with possibility of sli later
 

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I suggest you keep your gtx 980 ti for now and skip this generation (I really think that upgrading hardware each generation is a waste of money and effort). That is a very powerful gpu. Not enough for 4K but still. What is your resolution and refresh rate? If you are at 1440p at 60hz the gtx 980 ti is more than enough. If you currently have a 3440x1440, still keep the gtx 980 ti. If you have a 4K monitor, wait until the gtx 1080 ti (and AMD competition).
In conclusion, I suggest waiting untill hbm 2 cards hit the market. Also, I wouldn't go more than 2-way sli/Xfire as it is pretty unoptimised in most situations (with 3xgtx 980 ti you will hit a vram wall soon enough at 4K in some titles).
 

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I am running a 144 hz 1440p gsync monitor
 

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In that case, I still suggest waiting keeping your gtx 980 ti. If you can cope with the lower framerate (I mean not approcahing 100fps i demanding titles). Otherwise, hunt for a gtx 980 ti on sale (or even second hand/refurbished). But if you plan on going sli, make sure you have adequate airflow. Let me know what you decide.
 

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Another option is to sell the 980 Ti and go with two 1070s or 1080s in SLI. Both the 1070 and 1080 perform better than a 980 Ti. Two 1070s in SLI should be similar performance to a Pascal Titan X for quite a bit less money and two 1080s should beat a Pascal Titan X for just a little more money.

That or you could try just getting one more 980 Ti and seeing if you are happy with that. I wouldn't recommend 3 way SLI since not all games that support SLI support it for more than 2 cards.

Going SLI has obvious downsides too. Occasionally a big release doesn't support SLI at all. Strangely this seems to be happening more often with DirectX 12 than it did in DirectX 11.
 

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I am thinking of waiting till GTX 1080 TI, do you think getting 1 of those cards will run demanding upcoming games such as BF1 at 60+ fps? on 1440p

 

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BF1 for sure 60+ fps on 1440p ultra. I strongly believe a single gtx 980 ti can also achieve that with relative ease (also, just to note, gtx 1070 or gtx 1080 for that matter). But I wouldn't count on the gtx 1080 ti as the performance gap between Titan X pascal and gtx 1080 is even less than at maxwell 20-30%, especially if you OC the gtx 1080. It would be difficult to squeeze a gtx 1080 ti there. But
I think they are going to release it around the time Vega comes out. My guess is a slightly cut Titan X 2016 with gddr5 instead of gddr5x (altough they may keep the 12gb gddr5x, maybe lower clocked). But still, in your place, I would skip this generation of gpus.
 

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If i remember correctly, VEGA Line up will be in 2018?

 

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No, the release date for Vega HBM2 gpus is set fot 1H 2017, maybe even Q1 2017. So, I guess, 6-9 months.
 

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I read alot that AMD will push their VEGA line up to October 2016, I hope Nvidia does the same or January at least..
 

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Then even less of a wait for Vega! If it launches this year, waiting would be worthwhile.
 

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Yea you defin convinced me to wait for that line up, hopefuly nvidia catches up in the release date because I am stuck to g sync monitors. I heard asus will be releasing its first 144 hz 4k monitor in feb too
 

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I think I forgot to consider that your monitor is actually g-sync. Anyway 144hz at 4K is not yet feasible' for gaming (not even with those first hbm 2 cards I guess). It's just do demanding. Better to keep your gorgeous 1440p 144hz g-sync monitor for a at least 2-3 years untill gpus are good enough for 4K unrestricted gaming.
 

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Yes I agree, when do you think nvidia line up will be released? is it also set for H1?
 

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I really don't now. From the latest rumnors the is going to be a Pascal refresh on 14 nm in 2017 (I don't know if it will include HBM2, probably only the flagship cards) and then Volta in 2018 (which I guess will be very good at 4K). So, there is a wait for that.
 

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I think i will just get another 980 ti and run a regular SLI that way i can get 144 fps in demanding games on 1440p
 

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That is actually the best option given thee current situation. I'm glad that you have decided.
 

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