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Right now you can get a 970 video card for around $350, and a 760 for around $180. So should I get the 970, or two 760s in SLI?

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Right now you can get a 970 video card for around $350, and a 760 for around $180. So should I get the 970, or two 760s in SLI?

Two 760s for 1080p

One 970 for higher resolutions 


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get a single 970. It will be a better choice in the long run.


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970, that way when you realize it isn't enough you can get another. Compared to just replacing the 760's.


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if you had one 760, a little spare cash and wanted more performance then the sli 760's would be a good idea.

 

if you are thinking of buying them brand new go the single 970.


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Two 760s for 1080p

One 970 for higher resolutions 

it's the other way around. You get a single 970 for 1080p 

as it is plenty sufficient and overall the most solid option.

 

you get two 760's if you want to deal with the downsides

because you need that extra performance.

 

op, do you already have a 760 or are you planning

on buying two at once?

 

Although we need some actual benchamrks,

i don't have time to find them right now, but i would

say single 970.

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On another note, I'm not planning on running 4K, but I am planning on running multiple 27" displays (2-3)

 

Are those 27" displays 1080p or 1440p? And do you intend to game across all of them, or just use the extra two for desktop activities?

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it's the other way around. You get a single 970 for 1080p 

as it is plenty sufficient and overall the most solid option.

 

you get two 760's if you want to deal with the downsides

because you need that extra performance.

 

op, do you already have a 760 or are you planning

on buying two at once?

Actually, with a $180 760 it's most likely the 2GB version, so considering VRAM doesn't combine in SLI it was taking into consideration you'd want more then 2GB of VRAM if going higher then 1080p, and in that case a single 970 would be better. As the OP stated in the first post it's buying two 760s at once, but later on he said gaming on triple displays, so in that case if it's 2GB 760s then a single 4GB 970 would be better.


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Actually, with a $180 760 it's most likely the 2GB version, so considering VRAM doesn't combine in SLI it was taking into consideration you'd want more then 2GB of VRAM if going higher then 1080p, and in that case a single 970 would be better. As the OP stated in the first post it's buying two 760s at once, but later on he said gaming on triple displays, so in that case if it's 2GB 760s then a single 4GB 970 would be better.

that still doesn't make sense.  if that was the case a 970 would just be the default option.

and it doesn't have to be the 2GB version.

 

it doesn't switch to oposite reasoning just because the 760 never was desirable in the first place :P

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that still doesn't make sense.  if that was the case a 970 would just be the default option.

and it doesn't have to be the 2GB version.

 

it doesn't switch to oposite reasoning just because the 760 never was desirable in the first place :P

 

What do you mean....

 

If playing at single monitor 1080p -> SLI 760

If playing at any higher -> Single 970, since more VRAM will benefit more then the more raw GPU power of two 760s


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What do you mean....

 

If playing at single monitor 1080p -> SLI 760

If playing at any higher -> Single 970, since more VRAM will benefit more then the more raw GPU power of two 760s

refer back to my first comment.

 

*quote*

You get a single 970 for 1080p 

as it is plenty sufficient and overall the most solid option.

 

you get two 760's if you want to deal with the downsides

because you need that extra performance.

*quote end*

 

 

and if those 760's aren't more ideal for anything requiring more performance than regular 1080p,

that means they were never an option in the first place. From the first comment i made, i have been

saying exactly the opposite of what you are saying.

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What do you mean....

 

If playing at single monitor 1080p -> SLI 760

If playing at any higher -> Single 970, since more VRAM will benefit more then the more raw GPU power of two 760s

 

Basically SLI 760's will be more powerful than a single 970. But there are downsides to SLI. Not all games support it and scaling can be hit and miss with certain games so having SLI 760s could result in way less performance than sinlge 970 depending on the game. 760 also only has 2GB vram so playing at higher resolutions than 1080p will result in running out of vram.

 

 

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Basically, get a 970 because it is less hassle and will generally give better all round performance.

 

This is all assuming you are playing at 1080p. 970 will be fine for 1440p as well. You won't max everything in every game but it will be fine. If you plan to use the three monitors for gaming (you weren't clear on that), then we need to start all over again because neither will be powerful enough.


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Basically SLI 760's will be more powerful than a single 970. But there are downsides to SLI. Not all games support it and scaling can be hit and miss with certain games so having SLI 760s could result in way less performance than sinlge 970 depending on the game. 760 also only has 2GB vram so playing at higher resolutions than 1080p will result in running out of vram.

If a game doesn't support SLI then chances are one 760 on it's own is enough to run it at 1080p.

 

Also I already said that 2GB VRAM isn't recommended for higher then 1080p, which is why single 970 is better for higher resolutions


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refer back to my first comment.

 

*quote*

You get a single 970 for 1080p 

as it is plenty sufficient and overall the most solid option.

 

you get two 760's if you want to deal with the downsides

because you need that extra performance.

*quote end*

 

 

and if those 760's aren't more ideal for anything requiring more performance than regular 1080p,

that means they were never an option in the first place. From the first comment i made, i have been

saying exactly the opposite of what you are saying.

He likes to argue. ;)


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Posted · Original PosterOP

The monitors are 1080p, and I'll only be gaming on one at a time, while the others are for desktop use.

Thanks for all the responses. Sorry I wasn't able to clarify your questions about the displays earlier, I posted this and then left it to come back to later

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970, 2GB is running out on certain newer titles.


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The monitors are 1080p, and I'll only be gaming on one at a time, while the others are for desktop use.

Thanks for all the responses. Sorry I wasn't able to clarify your questions about the displays earlier, I posted this and then left it to come back to later

Get a 970, hands down.  SLI doesn't always scale well and 2GB of VRAM is not enough anymore.


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Get a 970, hands down.  SLI doesn't always scale well and 2GB of VRAM is not enough anymore.

there are 4GB 760's, but yeah.

Regardless i would say 970.

 

At 350$ it's a very good value for the card.

and it "should" be sufficient for a while to come.

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