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Review: EVGA GTX 970 SSC in SLI vs. Titan X and R9 295X2

by Tarinder Sandhu on 10 April 2015, 12:15

Tags: EVGA, AMD (NYSE:AMD), NVIDIA (NASDAQ:NVDA)

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Conclusion

Where does this leave GTX 970 SLI? It's a good solution if you have one already and want to indulge in 4K gaming without reducing image quality to a large degree.

The GeForce GTX 970 remains a good GPU for full-HD or QHD gaming even with the recent 'Memorygate' issue fresh in enthusiasts' minds. Available from £255 in reference form and significantly faster once a high-profile partner has given it the OC treatment, such as EVGA with the SSC variant, putting two cards in one system offers enough performance for them to be a viable solution at a lofty 4K resolution.

A decent dollop of extra performance isn't compromised by stuttery gaming in the main, and two GTX 970 SSC's throughput is better than a single Titan X and, depending upon title, about the same as the AMD Radeon R9 295X2.

Average and minimum framerates don't tell the whole story, though, so while a pair of EVGA GTX 970 SSC cards can be blisteringly fast, a single Titan X, admittedly more expensive, has more consistent performance. We can say this because, more often than not, its worst frames are relatively close to the average framerate at 4K.

Where does this leave GTX 970 SLI? It's a good solution if you own a card already and want to indulge in 4K gaming without reducing image quality to a large degree. Such advice applies to today's titles alone; those from next year may expose the 4GB framebuffer available to each GPU.

The well-heeled enthusiast is steered towards the Titan X for the best combination of framerate/smoothness/futureproofness at a 4K resolution. Those with more modest budgets can achieve higher framerates with a little more variance by choosing either a Radeon R9 295X2 or two-board GTX 970 run in SLI.

The Good
 
The Bad
Primed for 4K
Very fast in right conditions Silent at idle
Five-year EU warranty

 
4GB may not be enough for tomorrow's games



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Very interesting results indeed.
Huh, that shadow of mordor result shows nvidia was right with memorygate - you'd think that game would really let the 295x2 make the most of the wider memory bus, but it doesn't.
The 970 sli and 295x2 seem to be about equal, with the 970 sli running you about £50 more.

However, that's two expansion slots and lots of heat being pumped into your case. 295x2 is slightly cheaper and gives you it all in one card with liquid cooling.

I'd give the nod to the 295x2.

Titan X looks very solid, but then it's about twice the price of dual gpu solutions so yeah…
Mind that most people will need a new PSU for the 295x2, which puts it over the cost of the 970x2 - a 550W PSU and a couple of molex to 6-pin converters should suffice for the green solution. It's also louder, despite being liquid cooled. It'd be nice to see a sensibly priced titan X, that'd settle the argument quickly
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Mind that most people will need a new PSU for the 295x2
How so? Most people buy far too big a PSU for their uses.