Pricing, Availability, and Final Thoughts
With a price tag near the $1,100 mark, the GTX 980 4GB SLI setup continues to be expensive. With the recent price drop to the AMD R9 295 X2 8GB, which now comes in at around $999, you would think you may have to start thinking twice about going with a GTX 980 SLI 3GB setup that costs about 10% more. The problem for AMD is you don't really have to think twice about it.
While the AMD R9 295X2 8GB may indeed look more attractive than it did prior to the price drop, it's not attractive enough for people to choose it over the GTX 980 4GB SLI setup. Of course, that is assuming you have the ability to run a dual card setup, versus the single card, dual GPU option that the AMD offering gives you.
Overclocking this setup yields some pretty cool results. You do see some nice performance gains. The increases under Tomb Raider at 4K, and Metro: Last Light at 2560 x 1600 with AA and AF turned on, are also extremely appreciated, as we move into averages that are in the 60 FPS+ range.
If you've got a bit more wiggle room in your budget, the ideal setup would involve two non-reference GTX 980 4GB cards that come pre-overclocked. Because the overclocking capabilities of these cards are so strong, companies really offer some fantastic out-of-the-box overclocks.
Grabbing a pair of the MSI GTX 980 4GB Twin Frozr Gaming OC cards would be appealing thanks to the new Twin Frozr V cooler, which has proved itself to do a great job so far. Additionally, since the fans won't spin with the card under 50c, you could end up with a computer that runs quite silent at idle.
If you're looking to spend around $1,000 on video cards, the GTX 980 4GB SLI setup is the most appealing. Although it is a bit more expensive, it does provide awesome performance. Ultimately, before you pull the trigger on your purchase, you should see if you can stretch the budget a little more to get one of the non-reference options with the out-of-the-box overclock. At the end of the day, though, the GTX 980 4GB SLI setup continues to be one of the best buys for people who are looking for a serious video card setup that isn't completely insane like the 3-Way and 4-Way options.
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- Page 1 [Introduction]
- Page 2 [Test System Setup & FPS Numbers Explained]
- Page 3 [Benchmarks - 3DMark]
- Page 4 [Benchmarks - 3DMark Sky Diver & Catzilla]
- Page 5 [Benchmarks - Unigine Heaven & Phantasy Star Online 2]
- Page 6 [Benchmarks - Lost Planet 2 & Just Cause 2]
- Page 7 [Benchmarks -Metro: Last Light & Nexuiz]
- Page 8 [Benchmarks - Sniper Elite V2 & Sleeping Dogs]
- Page 9 [Benchmarks - Hitman: Absolution & Tomb Raider]
- Page 10 [Benchmarks - BioShock Infinite & Battlefield 4]
- Page 11 [Benchmarks - GRID Autosport]
- Page 12 [Benchmarks - High Quality AA and AF]
- Page 13 [Benchmarks - 4K - 3840 x 2160 Testing]
- Page 14 [Temperature & Sound Testing]
- Page 15 [Power Consumption Testing]
- Page 16 [Pricing, Availability, and Final Thoughts]
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