[gmx-users] Performance of GTX 980 and 970

Szilárd Páll pall.szilard at gmail.com
Tue Sep 30 11:18:29 CEST 2014

The 6-core Intel CPUs have only 28 PCI-E lanes rather than 40 like the
5830K/5860X which means that with a second GPU you'll get x16/x8 and
with three GPUs x8/x8/x8.

Also note that for the current GROMACS implementation, pairing a 5820K
with two 980s will likely give a rather imbalanced hardware setup -
with three 970s even more so (at least for common types of run
setups). Depending on the exact use case, you may be able to make good
use of 2-3 GPUs even with just a 5820K (e.g. in multi runs, one per
GPU) or setups with long cut-off (or without PME), but otherwise you
may not see much benefit from a second GPU, let alone a third.


On Mon, Sep 29, 2014 at 5:01 PM, Pappu Kumar <papuu_k at yahoo.com> wrote:
> Thank you for your info. I am planning to buy a computer with the following configuration:
> Intel 5820K
> Corsair H100i Hydro Cooling Performance
> MSI X99 SLI Plus
> Fractal Design R4
> Seasonic X 1050W
> I am wondering if it would be a good idea to go for 3x GTX 970 instead of 2x GTX 980 since the cost is the same. Thank you.
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