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MSI 980Ti > EVGA 1080 Ti - Worthwhile upgrade?

Discussion in 'Graphics Cards' started by Master Skooter, Apr 6, 2020.

  1. Master Skooter

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    Hi

    I've seen a used EVGA GTX 1080Ti SC2 for £300. I'm tempted as it's a good price and I can sell on the 980Ti for £125(ish?), so would cost me roughly £175. Also the 10 series card will be compatible with my FreeSync display, whereas the 9 series card is not

    The other option is to keep my 980ti and save for an upgrade to a Ryzen 3600x/3700x/2070 Super/5700 XT based rig.

    My current setup:

    Thermaltake Urban T81 Full-Tower
    Thmeraltake Toughpower XT 675w
    Asus Maximus VII Ranger
    Intel i5-4690K
    Corsair H100i
    16GB (4x4GB) Avexir PC3-12800, DDR3-2666 CL11
    MSI GeForece GTX 980 Ti GAMING 6G
    Dell S2719DGF 27" QHD 2560 x 1440 at 155 Hz

    Thanks in advance :)
     
    Last edited: Apr 6, 2020
  2. arc@css

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    I would upgrade the CPU and motherboard first.
     
  3. wookiee87

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    that's a tricky one but if it were me I'd save up for the amd rig as then you'll have time to save up for whatever NVIDIA or AMD release gpu wise closer to the end of the year, sure to be a huge increase if you go from a 980ti, plus with the AMD system if you opt for a x570 motherboard it'S looking like next gen ryzen should be a drop in so you have scope to upgrade the cpu if you need to via a bios update
     
  4. varkanoid

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    Assuming that your budget is £300 the 1080ti for would be a very good buy for £175 with the sale of the 980ti. Make sure you overclock the 4690k. It will what cost you £800 for a complete upgrade just depends on how quickly you can raise the money but adding a 1080ti would give you a nice boost whilst you save up.
     
  5. Master Skooter

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    Thank you for your comments. The 1080Ti could be a fair upgrade while I save up which will probably be a few months, perhaps I wouldn't even lose money on it. It's also my birthday this month so I'd get a little money from my pops which would make it even less.

    I'll see if I can get it for less than the £300 asking, fingers crossed.
     
  6. koooowweeee

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    I did the same. At the same price just before Christmas. Definitely worth it. Nothing better at that sort of cash either.

    You don't need a CPU upgrade. It will be fine. Although any upgrade will always be a good thing.
     
  7. BigBANGtheory

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    That seems reasonable to me but make sure the 1080Ti is reliable and has some warranty left on it cos a dead GPU is not much use to anyone
     
  8. subbytna

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    Your 4 core i5 might be a bottleneck with the 1080Ti no? Ok you're 1440p resolution but 4 cores 4 threads will be maxed out around 100%. You may have 1% low issues for FPS.
     
  9. JediFragger

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    I'd get the 1080Ti with the perf boost now knowing that once you upgrade the cpu/mobo you'll get another one :)
     
  10. TonTom

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    £300 for a non ref 1080Ti I would snap that up straight away.
     
  11. twistedheat

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    The 1080TI will make your max FPS higher, but gaming will still be a stuttery mess on the 4690k. I'd rather have the lower max fps the 980TI provides and an upgraded CPU/Mobo/Ram set up to facilitate smooth gameplay first.

    That said, £300 for a 1080TI is a decent price. But you'll likely be able to get that kind of performance at that price point new with the next generation of cards, so if you can hold out for 6 months then it'll be worth it.
     
  12. ANDREW GREEN

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    I'd get a Ryzen instead for a smoother overall experience

    I'd also get a 5700 XT over a 1080ti for the warranty and similar performance
     
  13. varkanoid

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    Not for £300 total you wouldnt.

    Utter tosh it wont be a stuttery mess. For £175 a 1080ti if you manage it at that price will be a bargain. Its like a 2070 original performance. Just overclock the 4690k a bit and it will be fine.
     
  14. koooowweeee

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    This. Thought the same. Nothing wrong with that CPU. Very minimal bottleneck to
     
  15. heatonpkmassive

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    While there's nothing wrong with that CPU, I used to have the same one in here and the i7 gave a good boost in multi-threaded games. That said, for the price the OP can get this card for it's a no brainer. As said above, 2070 performance for a very good price.

    Then save up for a few months and get a new board, chip and memory. That 1080ti can easily be carried over to a new system, it's still to this day an extremely powerful card.
     
  16. koooowweeee

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    Yeah I mentioned it a few posts back. A upgrade would always be good but this cou will more than do for a while.

    If he wanted ultra on every setting and high FPS then no chance.
     
  17. ANDREW GREEN

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    On games that require more cores it can be stuttery with big frame drops. IIRC Watch Dogs series was bad and Just Cause 3/4. Open world games generally tend to suffer most
     
  18. greatash

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    Yep, anyone who has used a 4/4 CPU in the last couple of years knows how bad they are in today's open world games, can't imagine how stuttery it would be with a 1080ti that would most likely sit at sub 50% usage while the CPU is maxed out
     
  19. tyler_jrb

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    if you can get one for £300 then it's a no brainer. 1080Ti has 60% or more over a 980Ti performance wise. Likely more with a decent OC.

    Rest of the system is a little outdated, but still will be fine IMO. Decent OC on the cpu perhaps but for 1440p should do OK.

    As others have mentioned the 1080Ti still has plenty of life left in it and will easily carry over to a new build.
     
  20. BigBANGtheory

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    Against a stock 980Ti yes but you have to account for the really strong OCs many 980Ti’s can achieve. Like for like its not 60% I wish it was but its not.

    It’s still a good upgrade though at the prices the OP is talking about, on that I think we all agree on.