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Hi! I was just wondering if I should buy two GTX 970 cards, or one GTX 980. What would give me the best prefomance?

At least where I live, the price will be the same.

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SLI 970 will destroy a single 980.

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i wonder why people don't think much when asking themselves these questions.

a 970 is around 90% of a 980 (performance wise)

now double that you have 180%. Through SLI you will lose like 10% and you end up with 170% of a 980.

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Hi! I was just wondering if I should buy two GTX 970 cards, or one GTX 980. What would give me the best prefomance?

At least where I live, the price will be the same.

 

1 gtx 980 i had  sli before  2 gtx  480's and later a 590 but  had a lot of issues  with games that most of the games dont even support sli when they come out

now i have a single gtx 780 and with most games i have smoother gameplay  and more stable fps then with sli

 

just go with 1 bad ass single card and oc the hell out of it ;)

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1 gtx 980 i had  sli before  2 gtx  480's and later a 590 but  had a lot of issues  with games that most of the games dont even support sli when they come out

now i have a single gtx 780 and with most games i have smoother gameplay  and more stable fps then with sli

 

just go with 1 bad ass single card and oc the hell out of it ;)

 

It's the same price as 2 970s... it doesn't make any sense.

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i wonder why people don't think much when asking themselves these questions.

a 970 is around 90% of a 980 (performance wise)

now double that you have 180%. Through SLI you will lose like 10% and you end up with 170% of a 980.

 

If the OP is new to DIY PC, then it's definitely intimidating. 

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If the OP is new to DIY PC, then it's definitely intimidating.

I'm pretty sure it's just general knowledge.

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Hifiman HE-400i - Kennerton Magister - Beyerdynamic DT880 250Ohm - AKG K7XX - Fostex TH-X00 - O2 Amp/DAC Combo - 
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It's the same price as 2 970s... it doesn't make any sense.

 

yes it does with game support 1 single card does a better job then SLI them or crossfire 

 

i had alot of issues with sli  back in the 480 days  2 gtx 480's gave me more fps drops and lag then one  even my 590 later did it not so well  vs a 580

 

1 beast card is in most way the most stable  option  becouse it always works

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I'm pretty sure it's just general knowledge.

Would you rather buy one big apple or two slightly smaller apples for the same price?

 

Not exactly the greatest analogy...

 

If it were common knowledge then the question would be a rarity, but it's not.

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yes it does with game support 1 single card does a better job then SLI them or crossfire 

 

Most games that need so much power support sli. And tell me, since when is it worth to loose 70% of the performance in most games for the sake of one or two other games, at the same price? I'd agree with you if the 980 was 50$ more, but it's twice the price. So no, a 980 doesn't make any sense right now.

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Sauron'stm Product Scores:

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Just a list of my personal scores for some products, in no particular order, with brief comments. I just got the idea to do them so they aren't many for now :)

Don't take these as complete reviews or final truths - they are just my personal impressions on products I may or may not have used, summed up in a couple of sentences and a rough score. All scores take into account the unit's price and time of release, heavily so, therefore don't expect absolute performance to be reflected here.

 

-Lenovo Thinkpad X220 - [8/10]

Spoiler

A durable and reliable machine that is relatively lightweight, has all the hardware it needs to never feel sluggish and has a great IPS matte screen. Downsides are mostly due to its age, most notably the screen resolution of 1366x768 and usb 2.0 ports.

 

-Apple Macbook (2015) - [Garbage -/10]

Spoiler

From my perspective, this product has no redeeming factors given its price and the competition. It is underpowered, overpriced, impractical due to its single port and is made redundant even by Apple's own iPad pro line.

 

-OnePlus X - [7/10]

Spoiler

A good phone for the price. It does everything I (and most people) need without being sluggish and has no particularly bad flaws. The lack of recent software updates and relatively barebones feature kit (most notably the lack of 5GHz wifi, biometric sensors and backlight for the capacitive buttons) prevent it from being exceptional.

 

-Microsoft Surface Book 2 - [Garbage - -/10]

Spoiler

Overpriced and rushed, offers nothing notable compared to the competition, doesn't come with an adequate charger despite the premium price. Worse than the Macbook for not even offering the small plus sides of having macOS. Buy a Razer Blade if you want high performance in a (relatively) light package.

 

-Intel Core i7 2600/k - [9/10]

Spoiler

Quite possibly Intel's best product launch ever. It had all the bleeding edge features of the time, it came with a very significant performance improvement over its predecessor and it had a soldered heatspreader, allowing for efficient cooling and great overclocking. Even the "locked" version could be overclocked through the multiplier within (quite reasonable) limits.

 

-Apple iPad Pro - [5/10]

Spoiler

A pretty good product, sunk by its price (plus the extra cost of the physical keyboard and the pencil). Buy it if you don't mind the Apple tax and are looking for a very light office machine with an excellent digitizer. Particularly good for rich students. Bad for cheap tinkerers like myself.

 

 

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I've got SLI'ed 970s, they kick ass, sadly i work 6 days a week and barely have any time to actually use my desktop... it's kind of depressing

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