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SLI 2-Way Gigabyte GeForce GTX 770 4GB Video Card vs 2gb?

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July 16, 2013 1:40:51 PM

i am just wondering the difference in FPS between the two cards in SLI format on 1920*1080?
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July 16, 2013 1:46:44 PM

At that resolution it wont make a difference.

Edit: So, personally, I would stick with the cheaper 2GB version
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July 16, 2013 1:50:44 PM

As far as I know, no game, except for Skyrim with all the added textures, will use over 2GB of VRAM on a 1920X1080 display. If you plan to eventually go with triple displays or a large display (2560X1600/1440) then go 4GB. Otherwise you could stick with 2GB. If your graphics cards ever do run out of memory, your game will actually pause for a second or so as gigs of ram are sent to/from your RAM from/to your VRAM. The game becomes unplayable at that point.
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July 16, 2013 1:54:36 PM

babernet_1 said:
As far as I know, no game, except for Skyrim with all the added textures, will use over 2GB of VRAM on a 1920X1080 display. If you plan to eventually go with triple displays or a large display (2560X1600/1440) then go 4GB. Otherwise you could stick with 2GB. If your graphics cards ever do run out of memory, your game will actually pause for a second or so as gigs of ram are sent to/from your RAM from/to your VRAM. The game becomes unplayable at that point.


what about all the next gen games that are going to be released as i am planning to keep these cards for a couple of years + i am gaming on a 55inch LG smart TV?

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July 16, 2013 2:01:06 PM

trio1989 said:
babernet_1 said:
As far as I know, no game, except for Skyrim with all the added textures, will use over 2GB of VRAM on a 1920X1080 display. If you plan to eventually go with triple displays or a large display (2560X1600/1440) then go 4GB. Otherwise you could stick with 2GB. If your graphics cards ever do run out of memory, your game will actually pause for a second or so as gigs of ram are sent to/from your RAM from/to your VRAM. The game becomes unplayable at that point.


what about all the next gen games that are going to be released as i am planning to keep these cards for a couple of years + i am gaming on a 55inch LG smart TV?


the size of the screen does not matter, only the resolution. If it were me id get the 4gb cards for more future-proofing. at 1080p in crysis 3 with high detail settings your close to being over 2gb vram. Skyrim with a lot of mods will also tip it over 2gb. You can only expect future games to use more vram especially with the decent amount of ram in upcoming consoles.
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July 16, 2013 2:03:10 PM

trio1989 said:


what about all the next gen games that are going to be released as i am planning to keep these cards for a couple of years + i am gaming on a 55inch LG smart TV?



The size of the TV doesn't matter, just the number of pixels (1920X1080). 4GB costs about $50 extra so you are looking at $100. All I can say is it is up to you. Memory requirements go up when you crank up the anti-aliasing and other visual goodies. You could always crank the display down a bit if you do run into memory limits in the future.

Another point is, except for heavily modded Skyrim, by the time your graphics are actually using 2GB, your graphics cards will be struggling. A careful study of this was done and they found that even two 670's in SLI were not powerful enough to use over 2GB in memory, the FPS dropped to 20 or so by the time the memory was used up. Of course your SLI GTX 770's are far more powerful so I think they could drive over 2GB if in SLI.
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July 16, 2013 2:05:46 PM

babernet_1 said:
trio1989 said:


what about all the next gen games that are going to be released as i am planning to keep these cards for a couple of years + i am gaming on a 55inch LG smart TV?



The size of the TV doesn't matter, just the number of pixels (1920X1080). 4GB costs about $50 extra so you are looking at $100. All I can say is it is up to you. Memory requirements go up when you crank up the anti-aliasing and other visual goodies. You could always crank the display down a bit if you do run into memory limits in the future.

Another point is, except for heavily modded Skyrim, by the time your graphics are actually using 2GB, your graphics cards will be struggling. A careful study of this was done and they found that even two 670's in SLI were not powerful enough to use over 2GB in memory, the FPS dropped to 20 or so by the time the memory was used up. Of course your SLI GTX 770's are far more powerful so I think they could drive over 2GB if in SLI.


i understand what you are saying this is my system what i am building

http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/user/trio1989/saved/1V47

will this do for a couple of years at least?

all parts are ordered apart from the graphics cards
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July 16, 2013 2:19:10 PM

trio1989 said:
babernet_1 said:
trio1989 said:


what about all the next gen games that are going to be released as i am planning to keep these cards for a couple of years + i am gaming on a 55inch LG smart TV?



The size of the TV doesn't matter, just the number of pixels (1920X1080). 4GB costs about $50 extra so you are looking at $100. All I can say is it is up to you. Memory requirements go up when you crank up the anti-aliasing and other visual goodies. You could always crank the display down a bit if you do run into memory limits in the future.

Another point is, except for heavily modded Skyrim, by the time your graphics are actually using 2GB, your graphics cards will be struggling. A careful study of this was done and they found that even two 670's in SLI were not powerful enough to use over 2GB in memory, the FPS dropped to 20 or so by the time the memory was used up. Of course your SLI GTX 770's are far more powerful so I think they could drive over 2GB if in SLI.


i understand what you are saying this is my system what i am building

http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/user/trio1989/saved/1V47

will this do for a couple of years at least?

all parts are ordered apart from the graphics cards


Nice build except I would have gone with a bigger SSD. You will always be dealing with running out of SSD space during updates/adding games.
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July 16, 2013 2:28:44 PM

@ 1080p resolution the 2GB version will actually be a few frames faster.
4GB GTX cards are made for Tri-SLI mostly as the GTX 670/680 are not strong enough to push 4GB of VRAM in SLI and definitely not a single card set-up, not sure about the GTX 770 and 4GB cards because of the faster mem speeds over the GTX 680.

with that being said I recommend the GTX 780 and then possibly SLI that later down the line if needed.
my two cents.
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July 16, 2013 2:41:24 PM

babernet_1 said:
trio1989 said:
babernet_1 said:
trio1989 said:


what about all the next gen games that are going to be released as i am planning to keep these cards for a couple of years + i am gaming on a 55inch LG smart TV?



The size of the TV doesn't matter, just the number of pixels (1920X1080). 4GB costs about $50 extra so you are looking at $100. All I can say is it is up to you. Memory requirements go up when you crank up the anti-aliasing and other visual goodies. You could always crank the display down a bit if you do run into memory limits in the future.

Another point is, except for heavily modded Skyrim, by the time your graphics are actually using 2GB, your graphics cards will be struggling. A careful study of this was done and they found that even two 670's in SLI were not powerful enough to use over 2GB in memory, the FPS dropped to 20 or so by the time the memory was used up. Of course your SLI GTX 770's are far more powerful so I think they could drive over 2GB if in SLI.


i understand what you are saying this is my system what i am building

http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/user/trio1989/saved/1V47

will this do for a couple of years at least?

all parts are ordered apart from the graphics cards


Nice build except I would have gone with a bigger SSD. You will always be dealing with running out of SSD space during updates/adding games.


i agree with you at the time i didnt think it through properly but always time to do that in the future :) 

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August 5, 2013 3:42:31 PM

just thought i would let everyone know i bought the SLI 4gb 770's and they are complete beasts i am currently running crysis 3 on ultra settings wit 16x AA achieving smooth frame rates!! i cannot wait to try this on GTA 5 and battlefield 4 :)  Do not buy the 2gb version whatever you do on crysis 3 it said i was using 3.1gb of vram whilst playing at these settings!!!
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August 5, 2013 3:51:32 PM

trio1989 said:
just thought i would let everyone know i bought the SLI 4gb 770's and they are complete beasts i am currently running crysis 3 on ultra settings wit 16x AA achieving smooth frame rates!! i cannot wait to try this on GTA 5 and battlefield 4 :)  Do not buy the 2gb version whatever you do on crysis 3 it said i was using 3.1gb of vram whilst playing at these settings!!!


Wow! great news. I have never heard of Crysis using that much memory. But 16X AA is extreme! Thanks for the update. I wish all guys would provide one as you did. And don't forget to vote for the most helpful answer. Even if it isn't mine.
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August 21, 2013 2:38:12 PM

trio1989 said:
just thought i would let everyone know i bought the SLI 4gb 770's and they are complete beasts i am currently running crysis 3 on ultra settings wit 16x AA achieving smooth frame rates!! i cannot wait to try this on GTA 5 and battlefield 4 :)  Do not buy the 2gb version whatever you do on crysis 3 it said i was using 3.1gb of vram whilst playing at these settings!!!


Might I please ask you at what resolution you were playing, and what frame rates you were getting?

I'm asking because I purchased SLI 2-Way GTX 770 4GB and want to get 3x1920*1080 monitors, and wondering whether to get 60Hz or 120Hz monitors. If frame rates aren't above 60fps for ultra settings on games like bf3 and so on, it wouldn't justify the 120Hz monitor.
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August 21, 2013 7:06:39 PM

If you are going to purchase bigger monitors like 27" ones or have multiple monitor configuration in the near future, you can pick 4GB version. otherwise, there is no difference on 1920x1080 monitors.
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December 28, 2013 4:58:50 PM

Ooh... Tough one. 4 GB will give you more future proofing and options for 3 monitors and high resolution gaming and more Anti Aliasing, but if you really don't have the money go for the 2.
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