Pricing, Availability, and Final Thoughts
At the moment it doesn't seem to matter what I do with the GTX 900 series, I find myself extremely impressed with what NVIDIA is offering over and over again. The biggest competition for this setup is the AMD Radeon R9 295 X2 8GB that comes in a little bit cheaper than what a pair of GeForce GTX 980 4GB video cards cost. The AMD card is great, and it's slightly cheaper, and is a single card solution.
But! Forever long as we've been testing SLI and CrossFire, it's always felt like SLI is just that bit more mature than CrossFire. CrossFire doesn't run into a lot of problems, but it does run into problems. SLI, on the other hand, just works perfectly in everything. NVIDIA is also so on top of drivers that if there's an issue, they're often quite fast to release a new beta driver version for you that fixes the issue.
The other thing you might remember is when we tried to overclock the R9 295 X2 8GB initially, we ran into nothing but problems. While we're yet to test overclocking on any GTX 900 series cards, we know from what's happening around us that overclocking on these cards is an absolute dream.
As I was testing this setup today, the MSI GTX 980 4GB Twin Frozr V Gaming OC arrived and that will be sliding into our testbed for some overclocking to be done. NVIDIA really just have got an awesome pair of cards going on at the moment. It's going to be really exciting to see how they fill out the rest of the GTX 900 series as time goes on.
For now, though, if you're looking for a setup that is going to set you back at around the $1,100 mark, the decision to go with this over anything else is pretty easy. Keep an eye out on future GTX 900 series coverage as we look at more cards in more ways. There's clearly just a ton of performance to be had here from these new cards and we intend to examine every way possible.
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- 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]
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