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Is 980M SLI a waste at 1080p with 60Hz display?

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  1. StevenMal

    StevenMal Thread Starter

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    Unfortunately I don't have the liberty to build or use a desktop so I'm considering a new laptop. I like the Sager NP9377 but unfortunately it uses a 60Hz display at 1080p. Is 980M SLI worth it at all or should I stick to a single 980M and put the rest of the budget somewhere else? Here's what I was thinking.

    CPU: i7-4810MQ
    GPU: 980M SLI
    RAM: 16 GB RAM
    SSD: 250GB Samsung 850 EVO Series mSATA SSD
    HDD: Two 1TB 7200 HDD in Raid 0

    OR

    CPU: i7-4810MQ
    GPU: 980M
    RAM: 16 GB RAM
    SSD: 1TB Samsung 850 EVO Series mSATA SSD
    HDD: Two 1TB 7200 HDD in Raid 0
     
  2. TheShooter93

    TheShooter93 Malware Specialist

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    That depends on what you plan on doing with this system. Given your planned specs, I'm going to assume gaming or video editing/rendering.

    SLI/Crossfire only give marginal improvements in comparison to a better, single graphics card. That being said, if the 980M is the only graphics card available, it may be worth getting two in SLI.

    I've never seen a laptop offer SLI graphics...though I've never been in the market for a gaming laptop, so I haven't done too much research on them.
     
  3. StevenMal

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    I've seen the benchmarks in some of the games I want to play and 980M SLI can easily output >100fps or close to it in many games. I'll take the battery out and use it plugged in so power consumption isn't a problem.
     
  4. TheShooter93

    TheShooter93 Malware Specialist

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    If it is for gaming, I don't believe it will be a waste. The hardware requirements for games are just going to increase, so getting the SLI setup would be a sort of investment. Especially when you don't have the choice of swapping graphics cards down the road.
     
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