I have been recently planning to upgrade to a decent desktop, with a primary purpose of Blender and 3D Art. I was hoping to get some advice regarding the GPU. I have prity much narrowed down the other parts, but then again a GPU changes a lot in the configuration. The two GPUs I have narrowed down to which are in my budget of 250-300 $ are the below:
MSI GTX 970 - 279$* after rebates (Newegg)
MSI GTX 1060 - 279$ (Newegg)
So the issue is 970 presents a high CUDA core number than 1060, for a less amount of VRAM (4GB to 6GB). Also under benchmarks I could see the 1060 outperforms a 970 by a second under test
My dilemma is do I get a 1060 now, and avoid the SLI up scaling in the future, or get a 970 and keep the SLI in mind. I understand Blender does not react very well to SLI as of now, but is there a possibility that SLI may be introduced as a multi GPU feature for rendering later on. Since both of them are at the same price, its also a factor that the new version should be preferable.
Also, I was hoping to check if anyone in the forum has tried bench marking 2X GTX 1060s and see how their performance stacks up again the rest of the cards especially the 970s.
I would appreciate any help or insight on the above!