SLI my Gigabyte 980 G1 or get Gigabyte 980 ti?

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  1. mahanddeem

    mahanddeem Master Guru

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    For 2 months I had 2 980 G1 cards on my old 3770K. Whether it was not an excellent cpu for 2 980s( or a problem somewhere else) or just sli issues I don't know, didn't like the whole thing at all and returned one and kept one.

    Now with 4790k, and the price down for 980 G1 to 510$, should I sli or get 980ti?
    I'm gaming on 1080p 144hz and would like to get at least 100-120fps in games like BF and gta v.
    What do you suggest?
    Thanks
     
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    An oc 3770k is more than enough for sli 980.
     
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    For cpu bound games, like bf4 AND 144hz it does.
    My old 3770k was a bad oc'er. Needed 1.4v for 4.5, and wasn't rock stable.
     

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    I ran sli 580, 680, 780ti all on a 2600k clocked at 4.6ghz, If my mb didn`t take a dump, I would still be using it.
     
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    How's the new setup treating you by the way?
     
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    Very nicely, cant notice much difference in fps in games or heaven and valley. Its a nice setup for encoding h264 with cuda support. Did not notice any real difference going from 8x 8x 2.0 pcie to pci e 3.0 either. Glad the old rig popped when it did. I was eyeballing the 980ti`s. I did not have to reinstall windows 7 either.
     
  8. Witcher29

    Witcher29 Maha Guru

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    Go for the ti later on the road u can always buy another one if thats what u want for the ultimate performance.
     
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    It gives you more breathing room in the future, while you've not seen much of a difference with your 780ti's I suspect in a gen or two you'd have started to feel it on 2.0. Probably not by much, but when you're spending so much on top tier cards in SLI you don't want to be stifled.

    Glad it's working out for you mate, definitely a bit of luck considering how close you were to buying new cards.
     
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    I needed to put together something fast as my son loves playing on my pc, and youtube etc. Probably wont get much time with my audio gear. I am rma my hd650, I bought a replacement cable from ebay for $70 bucks, but it turns out both cables have sound disconnects on the right ear cup.
     

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    Edited my last post as it wasn't entirely clear to my point btw.

    Yeah I feel that, Sennheiser have a great RMA service, but I'm surprised you've had to use it on your HD650's considering how long you've had them. Hopefully they get them back to you soon, most comfortable cans I've ever used.
     
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    Compared to Hifiman, they are a pleasure to work with. Took 2 minutes and they give you a UPS shipping label to print out. 2 year warranty vs 1 year for Hifiman, pretty pathetic for a $600 pair of cans.
     
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    Senni' will continue to work with you long after the cans you own are out of warranty, and they don't take the piss cost wise either.

    Hifiman have some incredible products, but they need to work on their customer service.
     
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    I want to chime in and say go with the MSI G series instead if you decide to go with a single card. If you decide to SLI again match them obviously.

    I've had both the MSI G and Gigabyte G1 Gamer series cards and even though on paper the Gigabyte G1 has an allowed higher power draw it's literally several times louder without much of a gain. At 100% the MSI fans were reasonably quiet and kept the card actually slightly cooler than Gigabyte's. The G1's fans are louder than hell at 100%. At 50% it's probably louder than MSI's were at 100%.

    And in the case of the 970s, Gigabyte switched the RAM they were using from Samsung RAM to some undoubtedly cheaper Hynix RAM which doesn't get nearly the same overclock as others do. I've had 3 of these Gigabyte ones, same case all around, poor memory overclocking and slightly better overclocking on the core than average.

    I forgot to mention, in many instances, always at high frame rate (200+) I get buzzing with Gigabyte cards (all of them I've had). With the MSI card and every other one I've had I only got buzzing at very high frame rates, typically 300+ for it to become audible at all.

    That's expected at high frame rates, but the non Gigabyte cards didn't get buzzing in random other cases at low frame rates. For example in Smite I get buzzing with this card when I lock it at 60fps, and the buzzing becomes insanity if I set it to higher frame rate. I paid severely for this slightly higher core overclock.
     
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    You mean Elpida? Not Hynix? Hynix is very good. Elpidia is easily the worst of the three.
     

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    It is Hynix, all 3 of them, and all 3 had below average overclocking on the memory. IIRC 1GHz+ lower than the sample with Samsung memory that Hilbert reviewed and 1GHz+ lower than the MSI one I had.

    When I asked Gigabyte about this the only response I got is that Hynix RAM is within specifications therefore they use it. Yeah, any RAM can maintain the stock RAM rating. This on their highest end model being the G1 Gamer. I've lost all faith in Gigabyte.

    Even if the OC was superior all-around I can't recommend the G1 Gamer series due to the severe buzzing (coil whine?) and how loud the fans are.
     
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    My experience is all positive with Samsung and Hynix. I would not touch a card with Elpida. They have very little oc headroom.
     
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    Well, why didn't you like your SLI setup? That would be the way to go, performance wise, obviously.

    My buddy has a 4770k @ 4.4 and a mildly oc'd 780 and he gets +90fps in BF4 basically always. 1080p ultra. A 980ti could probably manage your needs in BF4.
     

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