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July 7, 2013 8:38:16 PM

How important is the memory interface number. i.e.

256 vs 384 bit

2, 3, or 4 GB
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July 7, 2013 9:03:10 PM

Well, pretty important haha. Describe your dilemma and we can guide you.
July 7, 2013 9:09:15 PM

LOL, I'm crazy confused on which card to buy!!!!!!

Do I get a 670, 680? Do I get 770 or 7970 GHZ, Do I get a 760 or 7950?

Is one way better than all the rest? Or are they all so close, it just comes down to price? I just want to make the correct choice, I only get one chance to get it right LOL

I'll spend what it takes, but I don't want to spend more than I need to, to achieve my goal

LOL I'm pulling my hair out. I don't really understand the hierarchy.

I know I want to be able to play the latest and greatest games on 1 monitor at 1900x1080

GTX cards are 256 2gb mostly

Radeon are 384 2-3 GB


It's for a new Haswell system i5 4670, 650 PSU
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July 7, 2013 9:16:26 PM

You mention a lot of fine cards above any of them would serve you well if I had the money I would go with 7950 or the 760 nvidia
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July 7, 2013 9:20:33 PM

Malazan66 said:
LOL, I'm crazy confused on which card to buy!!!!!!

Do I get a 670, 680? Do I get 770 or 7970 GHZ, Do I get a 760 or 7950?

Is one way better than all the rest? Or are they all so close, it just comes down to price? I just want to make the correct choice, I only get one chance to get it right LOL

I'll spend what it takes, but I don't want to spend more than I need to, to achieve my goal

LOL I'm pulling my hair out. I don't really understand the hierarchy.

I know I want to be able to play the latest and greatest games on 1 monitor at 1900x1080

GTX cards are 256 2gb mostly

Radeon are 384 2-3 GB


It's for a new Haswell system i5 4670, 650 PSU


There's a point of diminishing returns as far as VRAM goes, at least at this point. The more VRAM you get, the more futureproof you'll be, but by that time, you may require a higher end interface like the AMDs 384 or higher... so I'll leave the recommendations up to others. Lots of people suggest 760 from what I've seen, but I'm an AMD guy so I'd probably say the 7970 GHz. Just depends on your budget, really.
July 7, 2013 9:32:19 PM

LOL, I've been burning that site up
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July 7, 2013 9:34:25 PM

Tabris DarkPeace said:
http://gpuboss.com/
Enjoy!


What system do they test these cards in? Do they use the same components to test all the cards?
July 7, 2013 9:37:31 PM

If you have one screen don't spend the extra for a 4GB card, 2GB is plenty and anything higher is completely unneccessary. The AMD cards are rendered largely irrelevant at this point because of how recent the Nvidia cards have came out, two months ago they were easily on top but right now AMD needs to drop the price on their cards to stay competitive so don't bother with them.

The 760 is a really great card for the price, if price is a concern then go for that. The 770 performs better but doesn't provide the same price/performance, but if you want the extra FPS then theres that. Look for a card with a Gigabyte, Asus or EVGA cooler, but avoid blower style fans unless you have a cheap case.
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July 7, 2013 9:41:25 PM

While we are talking cards whats anyones take on a older radeon 5870 card this is in one of my main systems I cant seem to let her go shes been a brute for all these years. anyone?
July 7, 2013 9:50:22 PM

All other stats being equal, would a 4gb 256 bit perform better than a 2 or 3gb 384 bit?

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July 7, 2013 9:55:41 PM

You better have the top of the line cpu to be able to max out cards that high otherwise you will bottleneck your system.
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July 7, 2013 10:06:14 PM

Better go up and up higher anyone chime in here whats your opinion sorta like me adding a 7970 to my fm1 or fm apu system from amd if you ask me try i7 or extreme unless your going to clock the hell out of it
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July 7, 2013 10:12:25 PM

I'd rather have a 2GB GDDR5 card with 256-bit interface than a 4GB GDDR5 card with 128-bit interface.
- The 2GB GDDR5 card would be twice as fast (assuming identical GPU)
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July 7, 2013 10:15:48 PM

I can remember when vid cards had only 64 bit of mem interface and they where considered crippled
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