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GTX 970 3.5 GB VRAM

Discussion in 'Graphics Cards' started by TomStone, Jan 30, 2015.

  1. TomStone

    TomStone New Member

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    Hi, i want to get 2x 970 in sli, but i found out that it seems to have only 3.5 gb of fast ram.
    Anyone knowing if that is a problem in FULLHD? Or should i get GTX 980
    Im saying again that i dont want to go more than FULLHD and GTX 970 in sli seems to be much stronger than one GTX 980 having just a small money more for SLI 970...
    What do you reccomend?


    Thanx
     
  2. Djolovicl

    Djolovicl eTeknix Janitor Forum Mod

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    Well from what i understand, in SLI (or crossfire) you get "double" graphics processing power but you don't double you VRAM. It actually stays whatever the amount of a single card is. In GTX 970 case its 3.5GB when card doesn't do anything VRAM heavy or 4GB when more VRAM is requred. VRAM thing is explained in one of the articles on eTexnix website. There should also be a driver update coming soon to address that VRAM "issue".
     
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  3. TomStone

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    Thank you for that response! Im happy that i will still have some time before getting 970 or 980 so i will see if they update the drivers...
     
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    Now, while two 970's in SLI will give you much more... lets call it GPU than i single 980, there is also a few things you need to consider. Single card needs and uses much less power than two in SLI, so you might need a more powerful PSU. You also need to have a decent motherboard that will not reduce PCI-e speed much when you insert two cards in SLI. And there is a cooling issue too. With two cards, with all the cables and stuff smaller cases can become clogged and you wont have a decent airflow. And what happens when you want to upgrade? 3 way SLI? or just sell everything? In today's market one used card is difficult to sell two same cards... that is a mission impossible.

    If it was up to me i would just get one decently OC'd out of the box 980 card with a decent cooling solution. You can always save money and add one more later for super-uber-awesomness SLI.
     
  5. TomStone

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    That is also a thing to consider truly. For me i want to have a bigtower case, so that wont be a problem, but considering that i could have 2 980 later on is not a bad idea too. It seems to be one of the strongest solutions. So it seems that you draw me more to 980. ill just wait and maybe get it if people agree with you!
    THANK YOU SO MUCH!
     
  6. Mr Brown

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    I'd wait if you can. AMD might announce 380X soon, perhaps even today. A few days ago there was a teaser for Fix3r video to be released today. It's probably just mocking nvidia or maybe a never settle bundle update but it could be the timetable for 3xx launch. If you can afford two 970s at the current prices a single 6-8 GB card might just be the better option long term. 8GB 980 and Titan X releasing soonish? 290X prices are being cut as well, performs similar to 970 for less money and 8GB versions are already on sale.

    3.5GB is OK for most games now, but it's apparent that more games are going to require more sooner than most people predicted. See Dying Light as an example, more console ports will be like this as PS4 & Xbox One have 8GB. It's being used by GPU more than CPU. 970 could be really gimped in the medium term because of the VRAM config - no driver fix is coming, the rep who said it over stepped and posted a false hope. See the official Geforce forum if you want to find where the dodgy post came from.

    GTX 970 could be EOL'd and values could really slump in the short term. We just don't know yet what Nvidia are going to do, they're busy in the last 24-36 hrs back tracking on promises of help for returns and promises of fixes. If they finally decide to screw over their board and retail partners it's going to be really bad.
     
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    TBH i expect 980ti and 970ti to be the response to what ever AMD tries to throw at them.
     
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    In regards to buying a video card if you have to buy Nvidia right now get it used. They don't deserve anybody's money.
     
  9. Tim Drake

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    The 970 SLI is still great at 4k and won't run in to problems with 98% of games.
     
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    A higher end gpu will almost always be better than sli Some games dont even support sli, and for 1080p(full hd) a single 970 will be plentym sli 970 or a 980 is overkill
     
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    You could get a nvidia 980 and know you won't have trouble with the memory :p
     
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    As you said, if you might get a second 980, then go for a single 980 right now. A good starting point i guess.
     
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    Go for a single GTX 980 or 980 TI. The price is almost same like GTX 970 SLI. SLI or Crossfire may have some issues in several game (even not all game).
     
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    I do design company and I think that is reasonable NIVEA 980
     
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    I'm running 970's in SLi and had no issues with any game I've thrown at them yet.. Unless you count the f'up that was Batman.

    The Vram issue isn't really an issue at all tbf...
     
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    I would sell and go for single 1070
     

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