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Hey guys, I'm looking to make the jump to 144Hz pretty soon and I was looking into what graphics card I should get. I mainly want to get the 980 because I love the sexy reference cooler, and also that it's a beast of a graphics card. However the 970 is much cheaper and I know the X70 GPU's in the past have all handled 1080p without a sweat.

 

I don't care really if I can't max the games, or about AA but High settings would be nice. I just want to be able to push that beautiful 144Hz to it's full potential. Mainly in CS:GO but my 660 can do that already.

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For CS:GO a 980 would do 1000FPS... (not on 144hz, forgot that)

Get the 970, it will be enough

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Single 980 will bring you closer to having the ability to be able to push a 144Hz monitor in other games besides CS:GO. If it's not really out of your budget then that would make the most sense.

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The GTX 970 does Battlefield 4 at around 90FPS average on 1080p ultra and the 980 is about 20-25% faster putting it at 108-113 fps for 1080p. So if you do not max the game a single 980 handles it pretty consistently. A single GTX 970 less consistently but can still reach it

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Single 980 will bring you closer to having the ability to be able to push a 144Hz monitor in other games besides CS:GO. If it's not really out of your budget then that would make the most sense.

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The GTX 970 does Battlefield 4 at around 90FPS average on 1080p ultra and the 980 is about 20-25% faster putting it at 108-113 fps for 1080p. So if you do not max the game a single 980 handles it pretty consistently. A single GTX 970 less consistently but can still reach it

Awesome ^-^ That's good news since I don't even play battlefield but it still a great looking game.

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970 is better bang for you buck. Your playing CS:GO on a 144hz Monitor so a 980 is overkill. Hell you don't even really need to upgrade as a 660 is more than enough for CS:GO. 

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if you are pushing 144 fps min in CS GO then no need to upgrade if that is all you play.

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Not for 144Hz though ;)

I get 200+ FPS in CS:GO at all times with my 660.

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970 is better bang for you buck. Your playing CS:GO on a 144hz Monitor so a 980 is overkill. Hell you don't even really need to upgrade as a 660 is more than enough for CS:GO. 

 

if you are pushing 144 fps min in CS GO then no need to upgrade if that is all you play.

I said mainly, that isn't all I play. I play a lot of games, well over 100 of them.

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970 2-way SLI. Not just for CS: GO though.

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You see bigger performance gains by the CPU rather than GPU. What CPU are you running? 

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I get 200+ FPS in CS:GO at all times with my 660.

 

Didnt know -.-

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if you are pushing 144 fps min in CS GO then no need to upgrade if that is all you play.

 

I get 200+ FPS in CS:GO at all times with my 660.

 

Sounds like you are good for CS:GO. Upgrade to something better when you find that you can't get the frames you want. 

 

 

Not for 144Hz though ;)

It's enough for cs:go at 144hz... 

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I play most games at 120fps with my two 780Ms at stock. At stock, this is a bit similar to two nVidia-reference-clock-670s (about 5% weaker maybe).

 

One 980 will basically outperform this. So assuming 1080p 144Hz, a single 980 will do it at max or almost max settings for most games.

 

Assuming 1440p or wanting to be SURE of that max settings, two 970s will just about always grant 144fps in all games ever unless one is playing a game unoptimized as heck.

 

Make sure you got a good i7 or a seriously overclocked FX-8350 or better CPU so you can get all the FPS you're supposed to!

 

(yes I know you already said you don't care about max settings, but I'm telling you anyway because I felt like typing.)

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You can get 970 SLI for just a little more than a single 980.

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The GTX 970 does Battlefield 4 at around 90FPS average on 1080p ultra and the 980 is about 20-25% faster putting it at 108-113 fps for 1080p. So if you do not max the game a single 980 handles it pretty consistently. A single GTX 970 less consistently but can still reach it

 

You're exaggerating. I'm pretty sure 970 isn't able to produce 90 fps average on ultra preset at 1080p. At least not across all maps and game modes. And when there's a lot of effects on screen like smoke, fire, sparks etc. framerate will drop below 60.

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I said mainly, that isn't all I play. I play a lot of games, well over 100 of them.

If you play lots of games then the best graphics card you can get your hands on is in order.

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You're exaggerating. I'm pretty sure 970 isn't able to produce 90 fps average on ultra preset at 1080p. At least not across all maps and game modes. And when there's a lot of effects on screen like smoke, fire, sparks etc. framerate will drop below 60.

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Mine do 8200 on the memory now, nur nur.

 

1460 Mhz stock volts or 1500 overvolted, I use the former for less heat, stays <60 degrees without the overvoltage.

 

And again, you can get one decent 980 for £510-£530, or TWO decent 970s for £550-£600

 

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The GTX 970 does Battlefield 4 at around 90FPS average on 1080p ultra and the 980 is about 20-25% faster putting it at 108-113 fps for 1080p. So if you do not max the game a single 980 handles it pretty consistently. A single GTX 970 less consistently but can still reach it

This.

 

My GTX 780 runs bf4 completely maxed at 1080p - 70-120fps in practice, so a 970 should perform as well and a 980 should wreck it.

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This.

 

My GTX 780 runs bf4 completely maxed at 1080p - 70-120fps in practice, so a 970 should perform as well and a 980 should wreck it.

I'm usually 80-130 and that would make sense due to the quite aggressive OC I have.

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I'm usually 80-130 and that would make sense due to the quite aggressive OC I have.

The only thing i dont mess with is resolution scale.

 

30 - 356 loading screens lol.

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The only thing i dont mess with is resolution scale.

 

30 - 356 loading screens lol.

I should use DSR xD

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