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#1 Brad74

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Posted 21 October 2016 - 07:51 AM

Hey guys,

 

First of all, apologies if this post is in the wrong space.

 

I was thinking the other day, now that the 10 series (1050, 1060, 1070 & 1080) NVIDIA graphics cards are out, the previous generation are dropping in price.

 

At the moment, I'm currently running with an MSI GeForce GTX 970 Gaming. Most games I get nice performance but I'm starting to see the limitations of the card on newer graphics intensive games that are coming out. I'm not ready to make a full upgrade to say a 1070 but was thinking if I found another of the same 970 card, it might be worth picking up at a reduced price.

 

What are people's thoughts on this. Is it worth running two of these cards in SLI? Will this really give me much of a worthwhile graphics improvement? My knowledge is a little sparce on this topic so any info would be of help. Thanks.



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Posted 21 October 2016 - 07:57 AM

Is it worth running two of these cards in SLI?

 

No.  Well, at least this is my gut reaction - SLI/Crossfire is at best a %age gain over a single card, for double the cost.  Now, if the best cards from last gen hit or pass the half-price mark, it might be worth running the numbers to see if the paired cards match or exceed the new ones, but otherwise... <shrug>


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Posted 21 October 2016 - 08:07 AM

 

Is it worth running two of these cards in SLI?

 

No.  Well, at least this is my gut reaction - SLI/Crossfire is at best a %age gain over a single card, for double the cost.  Now, if the best cards from last gen hit or pass the half-price mark, it might be worth running the numbers to see if the paired cards match or exceed the new ones, but otherwise... <shrug>

 

Yeah that was my thought, I wasn't sure what sort of percentage increase I'd be expecting. But they certainly haven't hit half the price mark yet and probably won't. Unfortunately I only upgraded to my 970 about 6 months before the new generation of NVIDIA cards were released so it'll be a while until I can justify spending the money for another upgrade. My PC is going on 3 years old now so I might just persevere until the next generation of GPUs come out and consider a whole new PC build.



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Posted 21 October 2016 - 08:20 AM

what res you running?

if you found a secondhand 970 really cheap it may be worth considering vs not upgrading at all assuming the rest of your system is up to it

 

some games will run well with sli 970 maybe better than a 1070 but some will run no better or worse than with one 970

there is also the jump from 3.5g to 8g vram with the 1070 which would allow you to keep texture detail up at a higher setting in some newer games

 

best option imo would be to sell your 970 and get a 1070 which start at $569 or a little less if you import

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Posted 21 October 2016 - 08:38 AM

I'm running a 1080p, 60Hz monitor.

 

But as it turns out, after doing a little more research, I've discovered my motherboard only supports Crossfire for dual GPUs, no SLI.



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Posted 21 October 2016 - 08:49 AM

If it's cheap enough, why not? Though it'd better be VERY cheap.

As said above you're paying 100% CURRENT market value, for usually about 25%~33% boost in FPS.

 

The only real downside to those older cards, in real world use, is they're power hungry (and therefore loud) by comparison.


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Posted 21 October 2016 - 10:42 AM

Maybe get an AMD RX480 8GB? You can X-fire it later if you wanted then.


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Posted 21 October 2016 - 04:17 PM

rx 480 isnt much better than 970 and a mb that supports cf not sli is due to the slow 4x pci-e slot which if its pci-e 2.0 is to gimped to bother running cf on with any half decent gpu


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Posted 21 October 2016 - 04:53 PM

rx 480 isnt much better than 970 and a mb that supports cf not sli is due to the slow 4x pci-e slot which if its pci-e 2.0 is to gimped to bother running cf on with any half decent gpu

 

So the AMD option is out then unless they bring out a rival to the GTX1070, The RX490 looks like a dual RX480 from rumours.


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Posted 01 November 2016 - 03:33 PM

It might be worthwhile picking up a second 970 if you're not looking to upgrade within the next 2 years

 

However, you can find plenty of benchmarks of 970 in SLI to check and see if the dollars per frame are worth it, in comparison to say a modern 1070.

 

With this in mind, it can definitely be more friendly to your wallet to keep old gen cards :P


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