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Upgrading my graphics card from a gtx 950 to a 980 ti. I'm considering the MSI 980ti lightning. Is this a good card or should I consider a different version? I want the best version of the 980ti i can get.

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Honestly if I was you I'd be waiting for pascal. I purchased a 390 because this is my plan. We should see a jump in performance that is comparable to 4-5 years ago with a 30-50% increase instead of the the last couple years only seeing marginal increases of 10-20%.

Youre fine for now. Just hold out for 6 months or so and buy the 980 ti equivalent of the next gen Nvidia or even amd.
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After reading those reviews I realized I cant run it anyway without upgrading my PSU unless there is a way to do so without the extra 6 pin pci-e power connection. I only have two 8pin. I can run the msi gaming version and all others Ive looked at but not the lightning. This will be the highest end card Ive ever purchased. Im terrible about waiting but sounds like that is what I should do if there will be that much of an upgrade over what I can get now in just a few months.
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Psu cables are 6+2 usually. What psu do you have?

Oh it takes 3 cables. Most mid watt psu would have 3. Mine has 6 separate cables.



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mine are 6+2 but I only have 2 of those. have an EVGA 600 80 bronze

Connector Quantity

24 Pin ATX 1x
EPS (CPU) 1x 8pin (4+4)
PCIE 2x 8pin (6+2)
SATA 6x
Four-Pin Peripheral 3x
Floppy 1x

Input

Input Voltage 100 - 240 VAC
AC Input 10A
Input Frequency Range 50 - 60 Hz
Efficiency 85% Typical

Output

Rail +3.3V +5V +12V +5Vsb -12V
Max output 24A 20A 49A 3A 0.3A
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130W 588W 15W 3.6W
Total 600W @ +40C




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they make adapters that split one 8pin into two but I'm not sure it would be safe to do so.
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A 6+2 I believe can handle 150w but not positive. They also make a molex to 6+2 pin pcie cable which gives you a different option. The best option would be getting a 750w or 850w evga g2 or gs and installing it b4 putting a 700 dollar gpu on that lower end psu.

How many watts is that gpu? My 390 is like 275w and uses two. I just don't see why 3 is needed for that 980 ti.
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From what I can find its 250 watts. Nvidia recommends 600watts or greater power supply and on Toms they say the same thing and at least 80 bronze which is what I have. The card you have draws  25watts more and was what I originally was looking at. Once I saw that I could get a better card that used less power with Nvidia and with some guidence from you in another thread, I started looking at the 980ti. I thought about getting the asus 980ti 20th anniversary version or the asus strix gaming version but If I can run the lightning Id rather get it. I looked into waiting for Pascal but from what I read it would be best to wait for 2017-2018 once they launch vulta I believe it was. From what I have read the top end pascal cards wont come out till 2017 depending on how good amd's new cards are. Hopefully they put something good out. the better AMD does the more we benefit I think.Big smile


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The 980Ti is a killer GPU, at a high price. Unless you are running across 3 monitors or extremely high resolution a 970 would be more cost effective and would save you a chunk of cash.

Visually the difference you see between the two can't really be picked up by your eyes.
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