760 SLI gets my vote. It's a good deal faster than a single 780. It's even faster than a Titan most of the time, while being cheaper than a single 780.
When it comes time to upgrade, sell one 760 and use the other as a PhysX card.
Truly impressed by my 760s in sli. Much cheaper than the 780 but on par with titan performance. It may limit your upgrade path, but honestly, by the time these two 760s in sli don't cut it (2 or 3 years) You probably wouldn't want to double up old tech. Your probably going to want what ever is latest and greatest that year.
You make a good point, and with that I'm sold. Any particular 760 vender/model I should be looking at?
Thanks for everyone's input.
I've tried a single 780 at 1440p and I must say it was pretty damn good for a single card, but it just didn't have enough oomph for my tastes (even overclocked to 1241 core it was 10 fps behind my 690 that has a minimal o/c of 1125 core). I'm still liking my 690 quite a bit and I would recommend one considering how cheap they are now used. I've seen them for under $600 on ebay which is really a steal for the performance they provide. The only downside is the 2GB VRAM limitation.
Ideally though I would wait. See what Maxwell and Hawaii have in store considering they're right around the corner.
actually had a friend who bought the two 760 4gb for the price difference and similar "possible" performance options.
he didnt overlcock and do much tweaking with the cards, but out of box single 780 3gb, single 7950 3gb, apparently kicked his 2x 760 4gb ass' WITHOUT question.
i was very bummed and shocked to hear, but thats what he said
Either your friend has no clue on what he's doing, or there is something wrong with his system. Two 760's will beat a 780 and smoke a single 7950.
I game at 1440p and currently have two 1.5GB 580's. Performance is still pretty good for the most part, but I'm considering upgrading to two 4GB 760's, or a single 780. Lower power consumption and heat are a big reason why. Any opinions?
I ended up getting two 760's, and I'm pretty happy with them. Sure it's more heat and electricity than a 780, but it's also a fair bit less than my two 580's. The noise reduction is also a very nice benefit. Those 580's were very loud at full load.
Should I be concerned that there's a 10C difference between the new cards?