GTX 970 SLI, Radeon 290X CF or Single GTX 980 for 1440p (120Hz)

By Ritwik7
Apr 10, 2015
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  1. Hi everyone,

    I seriously need some perspective. I've ordered an Overlord Tempest X270 OC 1440p monitor. I'm trying to decide between:

    1. 2x XFX R9 290X (CrossFire)
    2. 2x nVidia GTX 970 (MSI/Asus Strix) (SLI)
    3. Single nVidia GTX 980 PNY XLR8 Pro OC

    Other parts are:

    EVGA 850 G2
    Intel Core i5 4690K
    Asus Maximus VII Hero
    GSkill Trident 16GB
    Intel 730 Series SSD (480 GB)
    NZXT S340

    Have been reading up a lot but am finding it hard to choose. Any help is greatly appreciated.
  2. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,276   +461

    Only the first two options will get you to 120 fps on any game made within the last few years. I have a machine with an i7 and 970 SLI and a machine with an i7 and an EVGA 980 Superclock and at 2560x1440 only the 970s can manage... and not all the time. Most of the time I set my monitor refresh to 100Hz because there's a much greater chance that my cards can get me there.

    I don't have any AMD GPUs atm so can't say about that but I will say that I've had one hell of a time getting XFX to honor their warranties in the past.
  3. Ritwik7

    Ritwik7 TechSpot Chancellor Topic Starter Posts: 1,672   +9

    Do the 970s suffer from any memory issues, as I was reading? Many users have reported crossing the 3.5 GB VRAM mark.

    Would it make any sense to pick up one 980 now and another in a month or two?

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