2-way GPUs is the Way to Go, For Now
Deciding on your video cards for a multi-monitor system is the most important thing you'll do. The monitors are something separate to the PC, but these days you're going to buy G-Sync or FreeSync compatible screens if you're pumping $2000+ into some displays.
With that in mind, which side do you go for? NVIDIA, or AMD? The Titan X performs around the same as the Fury X, with fewer problems, and more framebuffer, but costs $700 more. That $700 doesn't translate to better performance per dollar at all, but you do have a more future-proof set of GPUs.
The biggest benefit of deciding to buy NVIDIA cards is that they can be installed and forgotten about, unlike the Fury X cards from AMD. AMD's Radeon R9 Fury X cards have AIO watercoolers that need to be installed somewhere in your case, and not all cases have room for them. On the other hand, NVIDIA's GeForce GTX Titan X cards have a reference cooler, so you can just slot them in and go.
I think that even with the increase in price, I'd still recommend the Titan X cards purely because you're not going to run into any performance problems with the 12GB of frame buffer. The ease of use and operation of the reference cooler wins serious points in my book.
If you're a diehard AMD fan, the Fury X cards are good - but only that, good - not great. The 4GB of HBM is a huge limitation with 11,520 x 2160, and the AIO water cooler? Don't even get me started on that. Beyond 2-way Fury X, the 3- and 4-way setups would be impossible to install in most cases.
Where to From Here?
Next up, we'll be taking a look at the GTX 980 Ti cards in SLI against the Titan X SLI and Fury X Crossfire. The GTX 980 Ti represents a much better price match to the Fury X, with most GTX 980 Ti cards being priced at the same $650-$700 mark as the Fury X. They also have a closer amount of VRAM, with 6GB of framebuffer compared to the 4GB on the Fury X, and the crazy 12GB on the Titan X.
We're also going to take a look at 3-way Titan X performance versus 3-way Fury X in a future article - but we're still waiting on securing that fourth Titan X for a true 4-way GPU showdown.
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