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1x GTX Titan vs 3x HD 7970 X-Fire

danno81
Level 7
Hi everyone.

I’m spending money on new graphics next week either way, but... My current build contains a single GTX 580 and I originally decided to wait for the 780 before an upgrade, but now I think “stuff it, I upgrade now!”. Up until now I’ve always used NVidia as I’ve liked their cards, their software and I use the CUDA functionality with Badaboom for video compression (although they’ve retired the product and no longer support future CUDA cards past 5xx series GPUs). I also use NVidia 3D through my monitor, but the NVidia 3D functionality is built into the monitor and it will accept and 3D source via HDMI, this means it will be compatible with AMD cards.

After getting very excited about the new GeForce Titan, I decided to get one on launch day. I have the money and the missing part of my setup (specs in sig) is an up to date graphics rig. I’m taking a lot of assumptions of real world benefits to me based on the review as that cards are not yet out to consumers. Now, after the lift of the NDA and release of the benchmarks and reviews for the Titan I was thinking; should I really buy the Titan, or spend similar money on tri xfire 7970s? I’m not really an AMD person, but I’m open minded to changing my habits.

My real questions, does anyone have any experience of these cards, their scaling with 3 of them, and their stability and use beyond raw benchmarks? Subjective and objective positions welcome. Microstutter on AMD xfire is a concern of mine and that’s one of the reasons a single card and AMD seem awful at managing this generally. With £800 - £1000 to spend on GPUs what do should I really do?

My choices in head are:
3x HD 7970
1x GTX Titan (on release, subject to availability)

http://www.ebuyer.com/353110-powercolor-hd-7970-v3-3gb-gddr5-dual-dvi-hdmi-dual-mini-displayport-ax7...

Problems I think I’d have with AMD:
-Will not look anywhere near as good in my setup as the Titan
-3D support sucks compared to GeForce cards and I’d be stuck with 720p via HDMI for 3D (Is this still true?)
-Build quality is lower generally and has more plastic
-I’m maxed out effectively with the 3 7970 cards, whereas I can add 2 more Titans at will if I feel like it
-Micro stutter!

If I get the AMD cards though, I may mine a few bitcoins for pocket money!

The Titan costs a lot for what it is, but I’m not TOO bothered about that if I’m only going for one card for now.

Any thoughts or experience? I doubt I’m the only person asking similar questions though.

Many thanks,

Dan.
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Zka17 wrote:
Haven't seen yet comparison tests between them, but they would be like comparing apples with oranges...

Regarding the price, they're very close indeed... but to be in the same league? no...


http://www.sweclockers.com/recension/16541-nvidia-geforce-gtx-titan/8#pagehead
For those interested, the page is in Swedish but if you look at the data it's understandable.
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| SSD: Intel 120gb 330 series (OS) | Intel 120gb 330 series (Games n stuff)
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danno81
Level 7
That's a pretty card. Might be a right fit!
Intel 3930K CPU overclocked and stable at 4.6GHZ
Corsair H100i closed loop waterblock for CPU
Asus Rampage IV Extreme motherboard
32GB Corsair Dominator RAM (4 * 8GB @ 1866MHZ, CAS9)
2x GeForce 780 GTX in SLI
Samsung 830 256GB SSD
Samsung 840 Pro 512GB SSD
Antec 1200 V3 case
SilverStone Strider ST1500 1500W PSU
3 x HN274H bmiiid 27" 120HZ 3D Monitors
Synology DS1512+ (5 x 3TB WD Red RAID 6)
Razer Black Widow Ultimate 2013 & Mamba 2012
Sennheiser PC 363D and Razer Tiamat 7.1 Headsets

Zka17
Level 16
Thanks, Krindor, for that link!

Yes, I sustain my opinion that the Titan and Ares II are not in the same league! 🙂