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Leo_Leonardo

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Good day to you all, I come seeking information about upgrading my computer's graphics card. Before I continue let me disclose my PC’s specs. I have custom rig with 24 gigs of ram, an Intel i7-4790k processor (4.00GHz),  an EVGA GEFORCE GTX 780 (3GB of GDDR5), 750W Rosewill Hive power source, Netgear Wireless N – 300 USB Adapter, Enermax Liqmax 120s CPU Liquid Cooler ELC-LM120s-HP, 840 EVO-Series 500GB Internal SSD MZ-7TE500BW, and an ASROCK Z97X KILLER LGA 1150 R motherboard. The OS is Windows 7.

 

As mentioned above I currently have a EVGA GeForce GTX780 SuperClocked w/EVGA ACX Cooler 3GB GDDR5 384bit, DVI-I, DVI-D, HDMI,DP, SLI Ready (03G-P4-2784-KR) and was wondering if I should get a second one and run them in SLI or sell that and get a GTX 980. The lowest price I found for the GTX 780 is here -> http://www.frys.com/product/7717498?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN_RSLT_PG 

and the GTX 980 is here -> http://www.newegg.co...7-078-_-Product

 

EDIT: The link to the GTX 780 is in-store pick up only so can't buy it. Why is the GTX 780 more expensive than the GTX 980?


Edited by Leo_Leonardo, 18 December 2014 - 09:42 PM.

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iammykyl

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Welcome back Leo_Leonardo.

This is of course my opinion and have approached the question as if it was for my rig.

2 cards generate a lot of heat and noise. The case would probable need additional fans.

PSU.   GTX 780 sli TPD 440 watts, are there enough PCI-E plugs? Note the recommended PSU at the bottom of the page. > http://www.guru3d.co...i_review,4.html

 

Some benchmarks, Bioshock shown.

780 /2x780 > http://www.guru3d.co..._review,13.html

980/2x7800/780  > http://www.guru3d.co..._review,16.html

GTX 980 review, Note, monitor is 120Hz, 1920x1080. V-Sync was completely disabled, http://www.gamersnex...Page-3?showall=

 

If you have a monitor @ 60Hz, all you will ever see on screen is 60 fps.  If using sli, v-sync would need to be used.   without outt it, the high the fps sent to the screen the more likely stutter will be seen.

 

I don't think it worth going SLI.

If I could sell a 780 for $350, I would upgrade to the 980.

 

Consider looking at a new 120Hz G-sync enabled monitor, making the most of your card.  Then if your GPU can output 100 fps, that's what you see. Most reports say a much smoother game experience

 

The 780 is still a favorate for photo/video editing.   It is getting rare but demand is still high as, like you, sought for sli, also, generally the top last generation GPU/CPUs hold there price and sometimes even go up.


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