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Which videocard for 4K gaming?

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Which videocard for 4K gaming?

I probably should have asked this question during Christmas season, but I was away in New York so I delayed my plan to upgrade my PC. So Volta is on the horizon. I'm debating whether to wait until that's released or upgrade now. I know cryptocurrency mining have caused GPU prices to skyrocket, but how have that impact prices in Canada? I'm leaning on going with Nvidia's 1080 series. Which one should I consider to power current generation of games at 4K UHD resolution at medium quality settings? Is the Geforce 1080 TI worth it?
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1080ti is the best card that's out there right now.
Don't bank on the Volta and even if it gets released this year, it will likely go OOS fast and at a ridiculously inflated price.
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What are the specs of your system?
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Sgt_Strider wrote: I probably should have asked this question during Christmas season, but I was away in New York so I delayed my plan to upgrade my PC. So Volta is on the horizon. I'm debating whether to wait until that's released or upgrade now. I know cryptocurrency mining have caused GPU prices to skyrocket, but how have that impact prices in Canada? I'm leaning on going with Nvidia's 1080 series. Which one should I consider to power current generation of games at 4K UHD resolution at medium quality settings? Is the Geforce 1080 TI worth it?
1080 Ti is your only option for real 4k (and even then you still want faster) but good luck with prices, though last time I checked you were a lot better off buying that than some midrange card that's worth $200 and has been overpriced to ludicrous $400-500 levels :rolleyes:

If you're going to wait, just wait for a year from now or so...maybe BF/Christmas 2018. By then perhaps this mining foolishness will have died down; and, there will be cards even better for 4K gaming.

BTW 1080 Ti isn't really part of the "1080 series", Nvidia just makes it seem that way. The 1070, 1070 Ti, and 1080 are really all part of the same GPU series; the 1080 Ti is part of the Titan series, it's just cut down a little from a full Titan (and much cheaper). Nvidia had the same thing going on with the 980 and 980 Ti--those weren't the same GPU either, with the 980 Ti being Titan based too.
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I run two 980 TI's in SLI.

That's enough to handle most games at 4K, but some games do choke at more than 2x AA (like Deus Ex: Mankind Divided). Fallout 4 stock runs great, but modded to the gills starts chocking, and you have to start choosing what graphics you reduce.
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You will be happy with 1080ti. Titan Xp is a bit better yet more pricey.
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What frame rate are you expecting from 4k? If I recall, only 900+ series nvidia cards do 4k at 60fps. And possibly only with the DP port. You'll need a card with an HDMI 2.0 port (and an HDMI cable rated for 2.0) to get 60fps. And of course, your 4k monitor will need to support HDMI 2.0 as well (or just DP).
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vkizzle wrote: 1080ti is the best card that's out there right now.
Don't bank on the Volta and even if it gets released this year, it will likely go OOS fast and at a ridiculously inflated price.
I did a bit of Googling and the 1080Ti went for less than $1000 during BF and BD. Despite what you have said, I think it's ridiculous to pay the kind of pricing right now considering Volta could still be released this year. Even if Volta cost more, I think the price premium could be justified because of the added performance. I think I might just wait until the end of this year then.
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george__ wrote: What are the specs of your system?
I currently have a Skylake build, but I'm thinking about going with a Threadripper setup at the moment. The system won't be used exclusively for gaming.
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ES_Revenge wrote: 1080 Ti is your only option for real 4k (and even then you still want faster) but good luck with prices, though last time I checked you were a lot better off buying that than some midrange card that's worth $200 and has been overpriced to ludicrous $400-500 levels :rolleyes:

If you're going to wait, just wait for a year from now or so...maybe BF/Christmas 2018. By then perhaps this mining foolishness will have died down; and, there will be cards even better for 4K gaming.

BTW 1080 Ti isn't really part of the "1080 series", Nvidia just makes it seem that way. The 1070, 1070 Ti, and 1080 are really all part of the same GPU series; the 1080 Ti is part of the Titan series, it's just cut down a little from a full Titan (and much cheaper). Nvidia had the same thing going on with the 980 and 980 Ti--those weren't the same GPU either, with the 980 Ti being Titan based too.
I think you might be right there. I was really interested in the Zotac 1080 Ti Mini. Unfortunately it's going for like C$1400 right now. Insane...
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wrote: What frame rate are you expecting from 4k? If I recall, only 900+ series nvidia cards do 4k at 60fps. And possibly only with the DP port. You'll need a card with an HDMI 2.0 port (and an HDMI cable rated for 2.0) to get 60fps. And of course, your 4k monitor will need to support HDMI 2.0 as well (or just DP).
It has to be playable and if necessary I'll tweak the settings so that I'll get at least 30 fps.

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