Hi Forum Folks,
I am attempting to convert a photo & video editing machine out of a retired gaming PC which uses a 780Ti SC (03G-P4-2884-KR).
My trusty 780Ti has performed great throughout the years but I'm wondering if it is capable/worthy to drive 2 desktop DVI monitors plus (coming tomorrow) a Dell UP3216Q UHD 4K monitor - all at the same time in a 3-mon rig running on Win 10(?)
I don't care so much about the resolution/refresh of the 2 desktop monitors being maxed as they'll be just that - the Windoze desktop and open application space but I do care about the new Dell monitor's resolution being fully exploited at 4K UHD (3820x not true/DCI 4K) at 60Hz for editing and final output review purposes. Thanks to the usually needed Windows scaling in a single monitor setup, I plan to use the smaller monitors for those things that would just be too small to not be annoying with scaling turned off on the big monitor.
The big monitor set me back a bit in the wallet, as you can imagine but the parameters needed for proper photo/video work necessitate the investment. Since my budget is mostly eaten by the new monitor, I'm looking to get both systems in working order with little to no further outlay, if possible.
I'm fortunate to have options...
I can rob my current "gaming" rig of one of its twin 980Ti Classy cards (SLI) if needed until I can save enough pennies and/or they become available here on evga.com) to get a 1080Ti for at least one of the machines but that does leave my 3-screen gaming system a bit strapped for workload. Another option could be to reduce the media editing PC's format to a 2-mon config (single desktop monitor and the UHD monitor), if necessary but I can't really go below 2 screens on that rig.
Plus if I split the 980's up, that means the future 1080Ti (when it eventually does come) will kinda be forced into the editing PC so the 980Ti can return to its SLI pair, again making the gaming PC "suffer", if it can be called that. The gaming PC is actually used for driving and racing SIM work, not games per se', so it's important that it not be overly crippled - it's a working PC not recreational.
Said another way, so you understand my situation better - I'm not a gamer but my work in motorsports that requires a SIM system is best served by a solid gaming rig, if that makes sense. Right now with the two 980's in SLI, the SIMs I use push the "gaming" system hard enough to drive the fans up significantly, and the framerates and detail is certainly sufficient for my 3x1080p (5760x1080) config that wishes to be a 3x4K someday (read 1080Ti SLI?) but they could be a bit higher by my standards.
OK, now I'm just babbling incoherently... At the end of the day, I'm likely to be spending much more time on the media editing rig than the SIM rig when in the office (I do the majority of my motorsports work on the road in the "real world"). And I feel I'm too close to the trees to see the easiest/least expensive way out of my conundrum/forest.
I guess another option would be to go with something costing/performing less than a 1080Ti, such as a regular 1080 or 1070 series. Are the lesser cards good enough and capable enough to run all three monitors (1920x1200, and 1920x1080, and 4K UHD) fully at 60Hz for professional level photo & video editing and grading? I also want to be somewhat future-proofed, not having to upgrade GPUs for a while.
Thanks in advance!!
post edited by chuckhawks - 2017/07/12 14:59:08