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June 1, 2013 12:13:38 PM

Title says it all which one is more worth the money?

I will be playing on a 2560x1400p monitor 27 inch if that helps

I want to play Crysis 3, Bf3 on the highest settings

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June 1, 2013 12:16:15 PM
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GTX 780 is about 15% faster than GTX 770.
So theoretically GTX 770 SLI is going to be 170% faster than GTX 780.

If you can afford GTX 770 SLI, go for it, its a far better (but pricier) option. :) 
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June 1, 2013 12:31:37 PM

Did you noticed the word "theoretically"?
That means in theory.

And yeah, GTX 770 is 15% slower than GTX 780, so in theory 2 x GTX 770 = 170%. Take GTX 780 as 100%.

That is about 1:1.7 ratio.

While practically it won't get you that much of performance if you are not into benchmarks but I can say that SLI configuration would easily beat 780 by at least half.

And I didn't recommended it for no reason. OP gave two choices, and I was supposed to select the better one which I did.
Kindly don't be rude to people. On very high resolutions (2560 x 1440) your card would struggle to get you even playable frame rates on maxed out settings.
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June 1, 2013 12:34:32 PM

Nvidia SLI scales really well. OP wants to play at 1440p maxed. Its probably overkill to sli it. Some quick googling showed a 7950 at 1440p getting an average of 54 fps and min of 40. 1 770 should be fine.
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June 1, 2013 12:36:53 PM

Dylan Patel said:
I will be playing on a 2560x1400p monitor 27 inch if that helps


If you're actually going to play at that resolution you'll want to wait until the GTX 770 4GB version cards are released so you have enough VRAM. But yes, GTX 770 SLI will be faster than a single GTX 780.
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June 1, 2013 12:49:39 PM

Yeah I know it won't double FPS but could sure result in some solid FPS gains as compared to GTX 780.
If his other parts wont prove to be bottleneck, he can get around 40% - 50% more performance, not 70% increase, but still much more than a single GPU. :) 

Actually when playing a game at those settings and resolutions it can make a bit of difference in FPS. As said, GTX 780 is just a overclocked GTX 680 (With minor tweaks) and GTX 680 gets about 30 FPS on Crysis 3 on ultra at full HD. So playing the same on a 1440p display would get it somewhere in between of 20 - 25.

At that time, GTX 770 SLI can make a difference. At the moment I would recommend two configurations -

1) GTX 770 Single 4 GB.
2) GTX 770 SLI 8 GB

Buying GTX 780 over 770 is a big mistake because it is just a bit more powerful but is much pricier.
June 4, 2013 1:39:01 AM

770 sli is the way to go for the price. I recommend the 4 gigabyte cards. If u sli two 770s you only have 4 gigs of ram not 8 like the other guy said. Also the 780 is a great card yet 3 gigs of ram is the bare minimum amount of RAM. As games are improving games are requiring more RAM to max out the graphics. The GPUs are so powerful that it will eventually be bottleneck by the RAM. This is what happened to me with my 560 ti sli on BF3. Nvidia was like the 560 ti will give ultimate graphic settings on battlefield 3. Yet they fell short because of RAM. Bottom line get the 770s for the RAM amount.
June 5, 2013 2:18:39 AM

Im playing on a 27" just like this one.

Heres my rig: http://www.3dmark.com/cg/141561

One 670 and before 570 couldnt do it at native resolution with maxed out details.

Even now when i play starcraft 2 maxed out WITH ONE 670 ONLY frame rates drop below 20 sometimes

For this resolution you want to have two cards, its my subjective opinion
June 7, 2013 11:07:13 PM

770 sli will be far better than 780, dont know what that other guys on about man.. sli scaling is tremendous with cards of late.. especially nvidia ones..

with those kinds of resolutions it would be a good choice,.. however

like a previous post said, wait for the 4GB version, as if you SLI the 2Gb version the amount of usable memory will be 2GB,
if you sli you dont add the memory together and thats how much it uses,, it doesnt work like that im affraid.

but again, bigger psu will be needed for more power, more heat, micro stuttering etc.

a single solution is always best when it can be achieved, but i think it your circumstances, sli would be good, or sli 780s ;p
June 13, 2013 12:09:09 PM

luckiest charm said:
Yeah I know it won't double FPS but could sure result in some solid FPS gains as compared to GTX 780.
If his other parts wont prove to be bottleneck, he can get around 40% - 50% more performance, not 70% increase, but still much more than a single GPU. :) 

Actually when playing a game at those settings and resolutions it can make a bit of difference in FPS. As said, GTX 780 is just a overclocked GTX 680 (With minor tweaks) and GTX 680 gets about 30 FPS on Crysis 3 on ultra at full HD. So playing the same on a 1440p display would get it somewhere in between of 20 - 25.

At that time, GTX 770 SLI can make a difference. At the moment I would recommend two configurations -

1) GTX 770 Single 4 GB.
2) GTX 770 SLI 8 GB

Buying GTX 780 over 770 is a big mistake because it is just a bit more powerful but is much pricier.


A GTX 780 is more than a slightly powerful 680 that's what a 770 is dude. A 780 uses the same gpu as a Titan and gets almost all the performance of a titan for 350 dollars less. If overclocked a 780 is more powerful then a titan please do more research. A 780 is much more than 15% more powerful than a 770
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June 13, 2013 10:19:14 PM

Desmostik said:
luckiest charm said:
Yeah I know it won't double FPS but could sure result in some solid FPS gains as compared to GTX 780.
If his other parts wont prove to be bottleneck, he can get around 40% - 50% more performance, not 70% increase, but still much more than a single GPU. :) 

Actually when playing a game at those settings and resolutions it can make a bit of difference in FPS. As said, GTX 780 is just a overclocked GTX 680 (With minor tweaks) and GTX 680 gets about 30 FPS on Crysis 3 on ultra at full HD. So playing the same on a 1440p display would get it somewhere in between of 20 - 25.

At that time, GTX 770 SLI can make a difference. At the moment I would recommend two configurations -

1) GTX 770 Single 4 GB.
2) GTX 770 SLI 8 GB

Buying GTX 780 over 770 is a big mistake because it is just a bit more powerful but is much pricier.


A GTX 780 is more than a slightly powerful 680 that's what a 770 is dude. A 780 uses the same gpu as a Titan and gets almost all the performance of a titan for 350 dollars less. If overclocked a 780 is more powerful then a titan please do more research. A 780 is much more than 15% more powerful than a 770


I never say stuff without researching. If that is Titan, then why is it for $350 less? It shouldn't be.
If that is so cheaper, it also has some performance disadvantages as compared to Titan which make it around 15 - 20% faster than GTX 770. And this is proved by benchmarks in various games on same hardware. :) 
Some are published on Tom's Hardware as well.
June 13, 2013 10:48:00 PM

luckiest charm said:
Desmostik said:
luckiest charm said:
Yeah I know it won't double FPS but could sure result in some solid FPS gains as compared to GTX 780.
If his other parts wont prove to be bottleneck, he can get around 40% - 50% more performance, not 70% increase, but still much more than a single GPU. :) 

Actually when playing a game at those settings and resolutions it can make a bit of difference in FPS. As said, GTX 780 is just a overclocked GTX 680 (With minor tweaks) and GTX 680 gets about 30 FPS on Crysis 3 on ultra at full HD. So playing the same on a 1440p display would get it somewhere in between of 20 - 25.

At that time, GTX 770 SLI can make a difference. At the moment I would recommend two configurations -

1) GTX 770 Single 4 GB.
2) GTX 770 SLI 8 GB

Buying GTX 780 over 770 is a big mistake because it is just a bit more powerful but is much pricier.


A GTX 780 is more than a slightly powerful 680 that's what a 770 is dude. A 780 uses the same gpu as a Titan and gets almost all the performance of a titan for 350 dollars less. If overclocked a 780 is more powerful then a titan please do more research. A 780 is much more than 15% more powerful than a 770


I never say stuff without researching. If that is Titan, then why is it for $350 less? It shouldn't be.
If that is so cheaper, it also has some performance disadvantages as compared to Titan which make it around 15 - 20% faster than GTX 770. And this is proved by benchmarks in various games on same hardware. :) 
Some are published on Tom's Hardware as well.


It has the exact same gpu as a Titan and in most cases only has a 9% disadvantage to the titan. When overclocked it exceeds the Titan. They cut down mostly in compute units to keep gaming performance high while price lower than the Titan. What benchmarks have you seen because the ons I've seen say differently.
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June 13, 2013 10:57:01 PM

While I am not able to find the exact website from where I viewed, this is also from toms hardware -

http://www.tomshardware.com/news/Nvidia-GTX-770-Leak-Be...

As you can see in most games (except SC II) the maximum difference is 25% while average difference is 15 - 20%.
It has got Titans core but do you think the performance is good enough? No it isn't!

Now SLI two GTX 770s, and there will be 25% increase in performance? It would almost double up nicely outclassing GTX 780 big time.
June 14, 2013 8:26:52 AM

luckiest charm said:
While I am not able to find the exact website from where I viewed, this is also from toms hardware -

http://www.tomshardware.com/news/Nvidia-GTX-770-Leak-Be...

As you can see in most games (except SC II) the maximum difference is 25% while average difference is 15 - 20%.
It has got Titans core but do you think the performance is good enough? No it isn't!

Now SLI two GTX 770s, and there will be 25% increase in performance? It would almost double up nicely o utclassing GTX 780 big time.


Then just overclock the 780 and you'll see it outclass every other single card. All it takes is an overclock to make the 780 look better as it has a large headroom for overclocking unlike the 770 and it allows you to have time to upgrade your monitor set up due to the higher memory bus. http://www.overclockersclub.com/reviews/msi_gtx_770/ima...
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June 14, 2013 9:25:39 AM

In no way an overclocked GTX 780 can outclass two GTX 770s. Are you kidding? Think about it first mate.
By the way here we are talking about normal GTX 780. That is the debate, from where did overclocking came from?

Why are you dodging the real subject mate? :) 

I am not against GTX 780 by any means but just don't like the fact that its price / performance ratio is fairly bad. If two cheaper cards are combined they can produce much better performance than it.

GTX 770 is one of the hit cards out there for some reason. It is the best value for money besides HD 7900 series.
June 14, 2013 9:59:37 AM

I'm never said an overclocked 780 will beat two 770s. I'm not dodging the real subject. Why wouldn't you overclock that card if you had it I mean GPU Boost 2.0 is there for a reason. It has great performance when you get into higher resolutions like 1440p like OP has that's where it destroys the 770. Now if he was buying for 1080p a 770 would make more sense but not at 1440 p
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June 14, 2013 10:08:21 AM

FPS also matters mate.

No matter how much you overclock a GTX 780, it will never give same FPS as two GTX 770s would. No argument with that. ;) 

Also, as you know, if CPU is not bottleneck, FPS just exactly doubles up with two cards of same type and clocks. So keeping that in mind, that makes sense. You would always want to get the smoothest game possible at full HD, also if in case in future he would like to buy a 1440p display (which he would eventually as technology progresses and considering his budget for this build)) he would not have to worry about the fact that whether his card would be able to take the load or not.

Two GTX 770s are damn a lot, there is no comparison between the two configurations. Its a better idea to go for SLI than overclocking.

Besides you can overclock both GTX 770s too to some extent to gain more performance. They don't have locked clocks. :) 
June 15, 2013 6:50:25 AM

ajvkorn said:
Okay, i think it's only fair to say why I said the above comment. Are you really asking or is this something your daddy is buying you or are you just wasting people's time? I have a gtx 670 4gb and I play battlefield 3 on highest settings WITHOUT any noticeable FPS drop, max settings. Did you even do any research to know that you don't need sli GTX 770s or did you come here so you can be lazy. and Luckiest charm, I am sorry, I am not a mathlete(screw you if you don't know the reference), but how exactly did you get 170% out of this?

Point being, just get the single card solution. No point spending more money on SLI when it won't scale all that great.


lol, i get the reference, im planning on getting sli 770's or 780's not just for performance now, but to futureproof my pc

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June 15, 2013 7:32:49 AM

Iam too lazy to read all the comments, so not sure if this is relevant, one gtx 770 wont run crysis 3 (dont worry about bf3) 60 fps on ur resolution, neither will one gtx 780. get 2 770 if you really want to run both games on max settings with ur screen.(crysis 3 might not be super smooth with 2 770 and ur reso on max settings)
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June 17, 2013 10:27:08 AM

luckiest charm said:

As said, GTX 780 is just a overclocked GTX 680 (With minor tweaks)


Sorry I have to point out the typo. The GTX 770 is the overclocked & tweaked 680. The GTX 780 is a different GPU (mini-Titan).
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June 17, 2013 10:48:39 AM

jerreece said:
luckiest charm said:

As said, GTX 780 is just a overclocked GTX 680 (With minor tweaks)


Sorry I have to point out the typo. The GTX 770 is the overclocked & tweaked 680. The GTX 780 is a different GPU (mini-Titan).


Oh yeah! Sorry for that. I use top row for numbers so that resulted in 780. That was GTX 770 (GK104).

Thank you for pointing out the mistake there. ^^
July 22, 2013 8:53:46 PM

FYI i have hands on experience with this and actually returned both my gtx 770 sli because sli scaling is horrible still and you cant oc as well in sli bc of heat not to mention the noise. Crysis 3 will not run smooth either I'm not sure if its bc of the VRAM limit 2gb cards that is but I was getting a lot of skipping and gameplay was not smooth unless the GPS was 60, I did a test and only ran one gtx 770 for crysis 3 and even though it showed 30 fps on the same level very high and medium settings mixed at 1440p the gameplay was more smooth then the sli 770s showing 45fps. My conclusion is one gtx 780 will be fine for crysis 3 as the gtx 780 will scale better with higher resolution since alit of 1080p games are cpu bound at that resolution.
July 30, 2013 4:26:03 PM

Hey Guys was just browsing around the web and stumbled across this thread and FINALLY made a Toms hardware account just so I could toss my two cents into this thread. Running 2 Sli 770's will get you more power then a single 780, which has already been pointed out which is great and all but everyone seems to be comparing Card vs Card performance here and there is a few more things you have to consider when making this decision. Power consumption and Heat coming out of the SLI 770's is going to be much more then what a single 780 would run at so you if you go the SLI route you will want to make sure your cooling setup will be able to handle it and that your PSU will be able to keep those babies running for the next few years. SLI is very powerful and can be cost effective yes but remember extra heat and power is more stress on your machine overall in the long run. SLi profiles can be a pain in the a** sometimes to I remember running 2 660ti's When metro last light came out and the performace of my machine then was pitiful compared to what one 780 gets me. Upgradability is another thing to consider, If you have a 780 and add another one you will roughly see a 90% performance increase where as if you have 2 770's adding a third will not scale nearly as much ( 2 780's destroy 3 770's in 3dmarks) This also leads back to my old point being More cards = More heat and power. I also hated the Micro stuttering I experienced with my SLI 660ti's I have not tested 2 770's in SLI so i cannot say if they have any stuttering issues either

For what you need you would most likely be better off with the Single 780 Preferably in a 4gb config if you can afford it to help with the large resolution then next year when more of the AAA titles come out such as The Witcher 3 Battlefield 4 Etc you will be able to almost max them or easily drop in another 780 as by then there price will going down as we will most likely be seeing the next gen of Nvidia Gpu's coming out.

With a 3770k and 2X Sli 770's you can score about 13000 in 3d marks
With a 3770K and a single 780 my system hits over 10000 so a bit less
With a 3770K and 2X Sli 780's you can get up to 20000 which is monstrous

September 17, 2013 9:27:36 AM

ajvkorn said:
I play battlefield 3 on highest settings WITHOUT any noticeable FPS drop, max settings.


1) Are you playing at 2560x1440 like the OP? (178% the pixels of 1920x1080)
2) Battlefield 3 is creeping up on 2 years old. Tell me you can play Metro: Last Light at max settings on a single 670 and I'll call you a liar to your face, even at 1080p
3) That's it, but lists need to be in 3's.

Bah, this is an old thread so I'm just flappin gums to the wind nowbut still - I just don't think it's fair to say "oh look, you're buying something better than what I have, must be because you're a rich daddy's boy" never mind that people scrimp and save to buy a beast ass machine that will be able to play games newer than 2 years old on "max settings" /rant

@OP: I would get the 780 just because single card solutions are always better and it gives you FURTHER upgradability later on. But finding a 780 when nVidia is in the 900 series is going to be sort of hard...(eBay and Craigslist! :p )
October 5, 2013 1:31:10 AM

i have 2 770s in sli they are amazing. i also run at 1440p and have crysis 3 along with metro last ;light. i have no problem playing these games at ultra. They do get kinda of hot around 80 celius. im actually playing the battlefield 4 demo as i respawn it looks amazing i have no regrets buying these cards. They are the asus direct cu 2gb there great
October 16, 2013 9:43:11 PM

Did the dude pick a solution?

He has higher Def screen, and I have 27-inch Asus 3D so I am looking for pretty much the same card/s as him.

Also, someone here mentioned buying a GTX780 4GB; BUT I have searched many times for a 4GB GTX780 here in Japan, but none seem to exist; ....but GTX770 4GB I can get aplenty for 20% lower price than a GTX780 at 3GB.

Which card is best for 3D is the same as is best for 1440p?

I will wait to see what NVidia/Asus release this week before deciding.
November 11, 2013 10:20:43 AM

Roger Rogers said:
Did the dude pick a solution?

He has higher Def screen, and I have 27-inch Asus 3D so I am looking for pretty much the same card/s as him.

Also, someone here mentioned buying a GTX780 4GB; BUT I have searched many times for a 4GB GTX780 here in Japan, but none seem to exist; ....but GTX770 4GB I can get aplenty for 20% lower price than a GTX780 at 3GB.

Which card is best for 3D is the same as is best for 1440p?


Check out the 780ti but you would want more then 3gb of VRAM on the card preferably at least 4gb if you want to play new games @1440p and the 780ti will be able to pull good frame rates in 3d and whould play most games at 120fps when you play in 2d.
November 28, 2013 10:12:17 PM

There are 3 best setups right now.
290x crossfire 4 gig, titan sli 6 gig and 770 sli 4 gig.
These 780ti cards don't have enough memory to make use of there speed if you sli them because at 2.5 or 4 k display res you will hit the 3 gig memory limit very very fast.
The speed is there but the memory isn't and why there bringing out 780ti with only 3 gig of memory is beyond me.
If you have a 770 setup overclocked your be about 60% faster than ANY 780ti card and you will be able to use that extra speed because you will have 4 gig of memory to play with,
3850 meg of memory I used on bf4 all ultra 200% res scale 2560x1600 res.
I know this from my own experience and can easy say the best price vs performance right now is 290x sli but realy loud and greedy on wattage, also 770 sli hand down the best because if has the 4 gig.
If 780 ti had 4 gig this would be a different story but it hasn't so it isn't.
December 2, 2013 4:23:52 PM

brian12345 said:
There are 3 best setups right now.
290x crossfire 4 gig, titan sli 6 gig and 770 sli 4 gig.
These 780ti cards don't have enough memory to make use of there speed if you sli them because at 2.5 or 4 k display res you will hit the 3 gig memory limit very very fast.
The speed is there but the memory isn't and why there bringing out 780ti with only 3 gig of memory is beyond me.
If you have a 770 setup overclocked your be about 60% faster than ANY 780ti card and you will be able to use that extra speed because you will have 4 gig of memory to play with,
3850 meg of memory I used on bf4 all ultra 200% res scale 2560x1600 res.
I know this from my own experience and can easy say the best price vs performance right now is 290x sli but realy loud and greedy on wattage, also 770 sli hand down the best because if has the 4 gig.
If 780 ti had 4 gig this would be a different story but it hasn't so it isn't.


Most people are not sure how a screen running at 1080p or in 3D would benefit much when using 4Gb rather than 3Gb of ram? I mean, a 1080p video Image is only a few megabytes, and running at 120fps would increase the processing and memory required, but HOW does that relate to 3Gb or 4Gb being better or not; where the GAME CODING is the most important factor there?

Are you saying all the GTX 780 manufactureres are dry-humping 780 buyers with 3Gb to get them to replace their cards in two years when the PS4 and X-box-One is planned to have a 10-year life-cycle (I think will be 5yrs) where Games will be designed to use the consoles as well as be easily ported between the three systems including PC`s.
Why would games go over 3Gb memory use when Almost ALL the market is way under 3Gb? (unless you are into crazy Skyrim mods)?

Would having plenty of mainboard memory help, as has been suggested in the past?

Anyway, I think it will be down to how games and/or programs are CODED, and what Hardware they are designing for (biggest Slice).
December 8, 2013 12:37:52 PM

Roger Rogers said:
brian12345 said:
There are 3 best setups right now.
290x crossfire 4 gig, titan sli 6 gig and 770 sli 4 gig.
These 780ti cards don't have enough memory to make use of there speed if you sli them because at 2.5 or 4 k display res you will hit the 3 gig memory limit very very fast.
The speed is there but the memory isn't and why there bringing out 780ti with only 3 gig of memory is beyond me.
If you have a 770 setup overclocked your be about 60% faster than ANY 780ti card and you will be able to use that extra speed because you will have 4 gig of memory to play with,
3850 meg of memory I used on bf4 all ultra 200% res scale 2560x1600 res.
I know this from my own experience and can easy say the best price vs performance right now is 290x sli but realy loud and greedy on wattage, also 770 sli hand down the best because if has the 4 gig.
If 780 ti had 4 gig this would be a different story but it hasn't so it isn't.


Most people are not sure how a screen running at 1080p or in 3D would benefit much when using 4Gb rather than 3Gb of ram? I mean, a 1080p video Image is only a few megabytes, and running at 120fps would increase the processing and memory required, but HOW does that relate to 3Gb or 4Gb being better or not; where the GAME CODING is the most important factor there?

Are you saying all the GTX 780 manufactureres are dry-humping 780 buyers with 3Gb to get them to replace their cards in two years when the PS4 and X-box-One is planned to have a 10-year life-cycle (I think will be 5yrs) where Games will be designed to use the consoles as well as be easily ported between the three systems including PC`s.
Why would games go over 3Gb memory use when Almost ALL the market is way under 3Gb? (unless you are into crazy Skyrim mods)?

Would having plenty of mainboard memory help, as has been suggested in the past?

Anyway, I think it will be down to how games and/or programs are CODED, and what Hardware they are designing for (biggest Slice).


Well all I can say is when I played bf4 all on ultra 200 % 2560x1600 screen res my memory usage went to 3850 megs,
I tried this with a single 780ti card and I hit the 3 gig memory limit and started to memory swap.
If people play 1920x1080 3 gig is plenty but its old now and people talk about 4k gaming.
I think 2.5k is the best vs performance right now because for a 4k display your looking at 1000s to buy one.
You can pick up a decent 2560x1440 display today for under 450 pounds and if you can afford a top card you should be upgrading your display also.

How I see it if you play 2560 res 3 gig isn't enough memory, so anyone who has setup a sli with a 780 has the speed but not enough memory to utilise that speed because of a lack of memory.
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