ASUS GTX980 SLI Review
Welcome to today's episode of "Some Conclusions Write Themselves".
Naturally this is an expensive arrangement. Any time you're running two GPUs, even middle tier ones, you're dealing with an investment. Investing in two flagship graphics cards is not only a big price to pay but has the inherent risks of buying the latest and greatest whilst technology marches on apace.
If that doesn't seem like it makes much sense then we invite you to read back through our graphs and see how easily the SLI GTX980s stomp a mudhole into the, for example, GTX690 SLI arrangement. Go back a mere two years to a pair of cards that would have cost you upwards of £1700 and cause underwear to drop around the country, and before games have appeared that make the most of your four GPUs you can get the same performance for an outlay of £800 and a much lower energy bill. Half the price, nearly double the performance in two years. Moore's Law in full effect.
So enough about why this makes good financial sense, does it make any gaming sense?
Seriously, what kind of question is that? If you said "rhetorical" then you win a point. This is a monster arrangement capable of slaying even the most demanding titles at the most demanding resolution and image quality settings. It didn't matter what we threw at it we got outstanding results even in the appallingly optimised Metro Last Light. Whilst Company of Heroes 2 doesn't take into account a second card, everything that does makes full use of them. Alien Isolation is a great looking title and gets over 100FPS even at 4K.
Normally this is the point at which we introduce the negatives. There aren't any though. Yes a couple of titles slightly favoured the GTX780Ti SLI setup. But those were premium cards at a premium price and heavily overclocked. We've got the two most basic GTX980s you can buy and they are running at stock clocks. Even a small overclock will boost the results and if you buy a couple of the flagship brands cards, Strix/Gaming/Windforce etc, then you're guaranteed to be in 3D heaven. AND you're still coming in below 550W for the entire system such is the efficiency of the nVidia cards.
If we had a wish it's that everyone got to have two of these beauties in their system, and to those of us who game very heavily it is doing yourself a disservice not to. Gold. Of course.
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