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GTX 980 - Underwhelmed, is it just me?

Discussion in 'Graphics Cards' started by richardirv, 15 Jan 2015.

  1. win8.1

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    Crysis 3 not Crysis. ;) Neither do I, I just like to see the scenery. :D Either way one 980 is not sufficient at 4k res in all games let alone soon future ones that might be more graphically demanding.
     
  2. win8.1

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    It is. :D The big guns are much needed for those who want as much performance they can get with one or two. Not many want to buy 4. ;)
     
  3. Kaapstad

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    It is difficult as I use them for different things.

    If I was limited to gaming I would keep the Titans even though these days they are the slowest of the lot.

    4 up they are smoother than the 980s or 290Xs, the best way to describe it is like running Mantle on NVidia cards. I think people sometimes get too wrapped up in specs and sometimes miss things. What I mean by that is I am pretty sure NVidia made tweaks and improvements on the Titans that don't show up in a spec list. Another example of this is with the GTX 690 which has hardware frame pacing even though you don't get to read about it in the specs list.

    I think the next gen Maxwell Titan will be a very good card to have even if it comes off second best against the 390X, I think the Maxwell Titan will be very much in the same mould as the original with a very long life as a top level card.
     
  4. setter

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    Is the vram on the titans a big placeholder for you, as the 6gb is bound to help at 4k. Gotta say, the titan is looking like good value for money as they have been out for quite a while now yet still cope well with modern games. All the same, it's a nice choice you have whatever the scenario. Myself, I'm impressed with the low power use of the 900 series. But performance isn't enough to justify a switch from what I have.
     
  5. Kaapstad

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    Here is the whole gang @4K

    4 x EVGA SC 980 @stock
    5960X 4.0

    Crysis 3 maxed @4K

    Frames, Time (ms), Min, Max, Avg
    3836, 88281, 23, 62, 43.452

    It is quite playable at these fps and looks really nice, I could get a bit more if I started overclocking.

    What is interesting is the performance in this game often changes by 4 or 5 fps depending on what drivers are used. 247.09 were used for this.
     
  6. Kaapstad

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    6gb is nice yes.

    I once ran BF4 maxed at some huge resolution (with res scaling) using something like the equivalent 21 million pixels and the Titans were still averaging 69 fps with minimums in the high 40s and it was still very smooth.
     
  7. setter

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    Tried bf4 on the 780's under DSR, wasn't great on max settings by any means. Looked nice even on my small monitor. But vram use was sky high, lowering settings a fair bit and no aa left it playable. Funnily enough now at native res I run it on the lowest settings and capped to 60 fps, just to keep temps down. Want to go 1440 gsync and looking forward to new NV cards.
     
  8. win8.1

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    Wow. If big Maxwell or the 390x where twice the performance in this game at 4k they still would not do a constant min fps of 60 even with 4 cards.

    4K must look good but I am waiting for 4K oled (at a reasonable price). :)
     
  9. Kaapstad

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    Crysis 3 is very demanding @4K but even at those fps it is quite nice play as you don't get big swings from low to high and back.

    I think the Maxwell Titan will be good on this as it will bring up the minimums quite nicely.
     
  10. win8.1

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    I still think it's shocking that you would probably need 4 Maxwell Titans or £4000 to run a game that has been out quite a while at max settings and still not get 60fps constant. By the time 4 cards can do that Crysis 4 will bring them to their knees. :D