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Virtual Reality Ready
Gamestream to NVIDIA SHIELD
Powered by NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980
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Coming off a pair of Gigabyte Windforce GTX670's in SLI I had some good faith in Gigabyte and looked to upgrade as I am running 5760x1080 on 3 monitors with NVIDIA surround with an accessory 4th monitor. Reducing the complexity, noise, and inherent problems of SLI was one of the drivers for upgrading this card along with the forthcoming support for the DK2 to decrease latency.
The card does not disappoint, it is a large card, but not huge, pretty much the same same size as my old 670's (a hair wider and longer). I have a full size case so this does not matter. The amount of memory is great, I went from having 2GB (Since SLI only uses one card's memory) to having 4GB, latency, tearing, and stuttering are all gone. Card speed is amazing, I have tried to tax it but nothing I play (E:D and sim racing titles) do not really push it. I wanted a card that could last for a couple years and it should as it is as good or better than a 780TI which is a couple hundred more...
The GTX 980 (and 970) cards come standard with 3 DisplayPort outputs, 1 HDMI, and 1 DVI. The card has a second (extra) DVI output, but using it will disable 2 of the DisplayPort outputs, effectively providing the same old configuration found on previous high end cards.
I use three very high resolution monitors on the DisplayPort outputs:
My old card (a GTX 680 2GB) was able to feed all of these under a different output configuration, but the 4k monitor couldn't reach 60hz with the older card due to having to use HDMI for it. Further, 2GB of graphics memory resulted in problems with all those monitors enabled. I couldn't use Aero (transparent window borders) in Windows 7 with all monitors enabled. I couldn't use G-SYNC on my ROG Swift unless I disabled the other monitors before launching a game. With the new 980, all these problems are gone. I get to run the 4k monitor at...
I've had this for about a week now and already am loving it compared to the pair of Strix 970's I had before it.
Despite still being hotly contested, my PC suffered from the 3.5 gig VRAM stuttering that the 970's would exhibit when gaming @ 1440p or 4k. It was infurating. Disabling SLI and dropping down to 1080p fixed this as games did not seem to use up nearly as much VRAM @ 1080p as they consume at 4k or 1440.
That was not an option for me so I sent them back for a refund.
I then turned towards the 980. I realized when running a single 970 that most of my games ran butter smooth at 1080p with everything maxed out and more or less near max settings @ 1440p 60fps also. The second 970 allowed me a bit more wiggle room with things like anti aliasing and downsampling but nothing major... certainly nothing worth the headache of the VRAM stuttering.
I decided that for now, a single GPU solution would be adequate, especially seeing how the...
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