Just in case you need a reason to be insanely jealous of someone, [H]ard|OCP has just published an article covering what it is like to be living with two GTX 980's in SLI. The cards are driving three Dell U2410 24" 1920×1200 displays for a relatively odd resolution of 3600×1920 but apart from an issue with the GeForce Experience software suite the cards have no trouble displaying to all three monitors. In their testing of Borderlands games they definitely noticed when PhysX was turned on, though like others [H] wishes that PhysX would abandon its proprietary roots. When compared to the Radeon R9 290X CrossFire system the performance is very similar but when you look at heat, power and noise produced the 980's are the clear winner. Keep in mind a good 290X is just over $300 while the least expensive GTX 980 will run you over $550.
"What do you get when you take two NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 video cards, configure those for SLI, and set those at your feet for four weeks? We give our thoughts and opinions about actually using these GPUs in our own system for four weeks with focus on performance, sound profile, and heat generated by these cards."
Here are some more Graphics Card articles from around the web:
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 SLI 4K @ [H]ard|OCP
- GeForce GTX 980 PCI-Express Scaling @ techPowerUp
- Inno3D GTX 980 'iChill Herculez X4 Air Boss Ultra' @ Kitguru
- NVIDIA's Linux Driver Can Deliver Better OpenGL Performance Than Windows 8.1 @ Phoronix
- 6-Way Ubuntu 14.10 Radeon Gallium3D vs. Catalyst Driver Comparison @ Phoronix
- Diamond Boost Radeon R9 270X Review @ OCC
- Sapphire R9 285 Dual-X OC Video Card Review @ TechwareLabs
- HIS Radeon R9 290X Hybrid IceQ 4GB – Liquid Cooled @ Legion Hardware
So it would be cheaper to buy
So it would be cheaper to buy 3 R9 290 in Canada an put in a custom watercooling then it would be to buy 2 normal GTX 980s.
WoW i feel kinda bad for people in the US with those prices.
Don’t forget the Australians,
Don’t forget the Australians, the 980 gtx reference sells for about 760 (about 660 USD) here and anything non-reference 800+. The article makes a good point, I might as well get 2 290x cards with a custom loop and still save money. Especially for 4k, I suppose this is where the 512 bit memory bus of AMD will give that extra performance per dollar.
On another note, is anyone surprised that nvidia went with a 256 bit bus for 4 gigs? I mean look at Shadows of Mordor benchmark on PC perspective and you can see the difference it makes at high resolution compared to the 512 bus.
Keep an eye on linustechtips
Keep an eye on linustechtips he got a video coming out using R9 290x 8GB video cards. He hinted at the video tonight on the wan show.
I’m hoping Ryan got some to do fcat testing.
here’s a little hint on the graphic card: