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SLI 760 vs 970

Discussion in 'Graphics Cards' started by Georgehillier, Nov 24, 2014.

  1. Georgehillier

    Georgehillier Active Member

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    I already own an EVGA ACX SC 760 2gb and I'm considering either getting another 760 and larger PSU or a 970.

    Considering they're about the same price as each other which one will be best?

    Also, if I get a 4gb 760 and SLI it, will I get 4gb of vram from the 4gb card or will I be limited to 2gb?
     
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  2. Devastater6194

    Devastater6194 New Member

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    Really depends on whether or not you will buy another 970 in the future. What PSU do you have now?
    IIRC, you can't SLI 2 cards of different VRAM size. Either that or it they both run at the lowest common VRAM, ie 2GB in your case.
     
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    I purchased a Asus Strix 970 4GB about a week ago and extremely happy with the zero decibel fans along with the other things that you get when upgrading form a GTX 750ti. As for the temperature it avg. about 50C with fans running at 50% at all times still as quite as a mouse.
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    ^^ Here is a image of my overclocked asus strix 970 settings.

    You can see benchmarks for this card anywhere on the internet, but when i ran it through Unigine Heaven Benchmark with my overclock and max everything 4-5x's i got an average score of 1450ish with temps no higher that 54C and with AA off i received an avg score of 2050ish, again the max temp was around 50-55C. These scores are done in 1080p and windowed mode.

    Not sure if this post is even gonna helped you at all but if i was asked if i would buy it again or recommend this card to a friend i would say "Yes, yes i would like another". I personally am interested in getting a second Strix 970 (OCD - want matching set) but they seem to have sold out most places i have checked, Bummer!
     
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  4. Campblor

    Campblor New Member

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    I'm interested in picking up a maxwell card, I have 2 GTX670s in SLI which at the moment don't feel like they're performing as well as I'd like. Selling both of these will easily cover half of a 970 but is it a better option?
     
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    I'd say so. Should be cooler, quieter, less power hungry and more powerful.
     
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  6. f2bnp

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    Go for the 970. Less noise/heat/works with every game/more VRAM/don't have to mess with settings for SLI profiles.

    Going single card vs sli/crossfire is always preferable and while you may not get as good a performance, you're really saving yourself from a lot of headaches. SLI/Crossfire are really awesome for exotic systems, where you want to maintain 60fps (or more) on higher resolutions or triple monitor setups and a single card is never going to provide you with enough power.
    Also, you can overclock the 970s a lot, generally surpassing the the 980 in performance.
     
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    You should go for the new 970, because of its efficiency, and less heat generated.
    Unless you're getting a really good price for 760, but then, your system is gonna be so hot.
     
  8. Georgehillier

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    I'm not worried about the heat, my system is very cool, have 7 fans and will be getting a water cooler for my CPU before I get the new GPU anyway, so heat isn't an issue. It's more price vs performance I'm concerned about.
     
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    Go with 970! Less heat and if there is no SLI support in game you have just one card.
     
  10. Dylzan

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    The GTX 970 will have better performance than 2 GTX 760s (scales a lot better than crossfire) and will consume less power.
     
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    Considering you need a larger PSU, i would go for the 970.
     
  12. Yudi Guntara

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    gtx 970, new technology
     
  13. Patrick Anicoche

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    if you are playing in 1080p monitor get another gtx 760
     
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    Which choice did you make? And what was the decisive factor? I'm having the same dillema atm.
     
  16. Georgehillier

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    I ended up getting another 760.

    The two 760s preform better than a single 970, plus it costs less, those are the pros.

    The drawbacks are less vram (although the 970 can't use all of it anyway) and some games don't use SLI.

    When I'm playing a less demanding game such as counter strike, minecraft etc I'll disable SLI, since the fps is already over 100. I mainly turn on SLI for more demanding games such as gta 5, shadow of murder etc, I can pretty much max it out, other than vram related stuff, but it still looks really good.
     
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    Thanks, this tells me I should consider another (if it's to be found) EVGA GeForce GTX 760 4 GB FTW...
     
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    I dont understand how people respond to questions like that without knowing what screen resolution is used /will be used.
     

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