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EVGA GTX 760 4gb too much?

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September 15, 2013 1:04:41 PM

Hello I have a 24 inch monitor at 1920x1200 and wanted to know if a GTX 760 4gb would be over kill in the memory department or will a 2gb version be enough? I currently have a GTX 660 2gb. Also, Ive read that BF4 requirements is at least 3gb GPU is recommended, so I thinking a 4gb or Sli the GTX 660?

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September 15, 2013 1:12:09 PM

Gillest Grant said:
Hello I have a 24 inch monitor at 1920x1200 and wanted to know if a GTX 760 4gb would be over kill in the memory department or will a 2gb version be enough? I currently have a GTX 660 2gb. Also, Ive read that BF4 requirements is at least 3gb GPU is recommended, so I thinking a 4gb or Sli the GTX 660?


I personally just returned my GTX 760 2GB for a 7970 because I hit 1970MB VRAM usage in Bioshock Infinite (1080p) and was afraid I might run out when games like BF4 and Watch Dogs release. 98% of games will be fine with 2GB but if you want to be 100% sure, or if you ever plan to SLI, I would go with the 4GB card. The piece of mind for me was worth the extra $50 it cost me to upgrade.
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September 15, 2013 1:17:03 PM

I agree, get a 4gb. You don't want have to get a new 760 later on because it doesn't have enough ram.
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September 15, 2013 1:23:22 PM

For this gen games (BF3, GTA IV ...) and for next gen games (BF 4, GTA V) 2GB will be enough but for next i'm almost sure - not.
The best thing for you would be 7950 3 GB version. Or you can go with 760 4GB and then SLI it.
Where have you found that BF 4 will need 3GB VRAM. Everywhere I looked I found 2GB.
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September 15, 2013 1:26:49 PM

lithuan1an said:
For this gen games (BF3, GTA IV ...) and for next gen games (BF 4, GTA V) 2GB will be enough but for next i'm almost sure - not.
The best thing for you would be 7950 3 GB version. Or you can go with 760 4GB and then SLI it.
Where have you found that BF 4 will need 3GB VRAM. Everywhere I looked I found 2GB.




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September 15, 2013 2:36:47 PM

The 4GB 760s are mostly gimmicks. The 760 isn't powerful enough to use and take advantage of that much Vram. If Vram is a concern for the future, a 7950 or 7970 will fit a lot better. The more expensive options would be to pick up a 4GB 770 or a 780.
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September 15, 2013 2:39:27 PM

Get the 4GB. I just took my 2GB GTX 760 back in to get the 4GB. Running 3 22" monitors at 1680x1050 (5040x1050) with Nvidia Surround and according to MSI Afterburner BF3 on HIGH settings I'm pushing 50-60 FPS and using 60-70% of vram (approx 2.5-3gb). On ULTRA I hit about 30-40 FPS. It would nail 60+ on ULTRA with only one screen but whatever. Extra real estate is nice. Haven't tried to OC it yet.
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September 15, 2013 5:26:21 PM

I have read that before too, that the 760 can't utilize the 4gb. Why is that? Also, how come a 7950 3gb is any better at maximizing the graphics memory?
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September 15, 2013 5:37:38 PM

It can utilize a bunch of the vram but it just doesnt have the power to push high fps with a higher resolution (more than 1920x1080) on max settings. 5040x1050 I have to play on high settings to get 50-60 fps. Nothing to complain about though. SLI would fix that. Single screen gaming should be no problem getting high fps with either a 2gb or 4gb.
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September 15, 2013 5:41:18 PM

lostmenoggin said:
It can utilize a bunch of the vram but it just doesnt have the power to push high fps with a higher res


My 2GB GTX 760 ran Bioshock Infinite at 75FPS and used 1970MB of VRAM at max settings with DDOF turned on. That's why I returned it for a 3GB HD 7970.
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September 15, 2013 5:48:03 PM

Zero Cool said:
lostmenoggin said:
It can utilize a bunch of the vram but it just doesnt have the power to push high fps with a higher res


My 2GB GTX 760 ran Bioshock Infinite at 75FPS and used 1970MB of VRAM at max settings with DDOF turned on. That's why I returned it for a 3GB HD 7970.


Ive been thinking about taking my 4gb 760 back and getting a 7970. How do you like yours?
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September 15, 2013 6:33:10 PM

Thank you guys for comments and suggestions! But, will a GTX 770 4GB utilize the vram fully?
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September 15, 2013 6:40:49 PM

Gillest Grant said:
Thank you guys for comments and suggestions! But, will a GTX 770 4GB utilize the vram fully?

If you stick to 1080p the 2GB model will be fine. From what I've seen and read, gaming with the 4Gb proved useless at a resolution of 2560x1600. Meaning the 4GB edition would be useful to someone looking play games with more than 1 monitor (5760x1200+)
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September 15, 2013 6:46:28 PM

If you read the link JackNaylorPE posted the 4gb performed almost the same as the 2gb across all resolutions si it's really not worth the extra money. Probably not a VRAM issue with the 2gb.
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September 15, 2013 6:53:51 PM

Gillest Grant said:
Hello I have a 24 inch monitor at 1920x1200 and wanted to know if a GTX 760 4gb would be over kill in the memory department or will a 2gb version be enough? I currently have a GTX 660 2gb. Also, Ive read that BF4 requirements is at least 3gb GPU is recommended, so I thinking a 4gb or Sli the GTX 660?


waste of money. pure and simple. a card with 2GB of VRAM was designed to use 2GB of VRAM and no matter what more you strap on to it, it will not help you at all. sometimes those extra VRAM cards get lucky a punch out a few extra FPS (like 2 or 3) but that's not ebough to warrant the usual $100+ premium. if you are thinking about the extra VRAM cards, don't bother, just step up to a better GPU.

if you live in the states, you can pick up an HD 7970 GHz edition for under $300 after rebate, overclock it to hell and back, then max out all your games. so just do that.
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September 15, 2013 6:57:40 PM

solomonshv said:
Gillest Grant said:
Hello I have a 24 inch monitor at 1920x1200 and wanted to know if a GTX 760 4gb would be over kill in the memory department or will a 2gb version be enough? I currently have a GTX 660 2gb. Also, Ive read that BF4 requirements is at least 3gb GPU is recommended, so I thinking a 4gb or Sli the GTX 660?


waste of money. pure and simple. a card with 2GB of VRAM was designed to use 2GB of VRAM and no matter what more you strap on to it, it will not help you at all. sometimes those extra VRAM cards get lucky a punch out a few extra FPS (like 2 or 3) but that's not ebough to warrant the usual $100+ premium. if you are thinking about the extra VRAM cards, don't bother, just step up to a better GPU.

if you live in the states, you can pick up an HD 7970 GHz edition for under $300 after rebate. so just do that.

Thank you. Will consider it.

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September 15, 2013 7:28:19 PM

lostmenoggin said:
Zero Cool said:
lostmenoggin said:
It can utilize a bunch of the vram but it just doesnt have the power to push high fps with a higher res


My 2GB GTX 760 ran Bioshock Infinite at 75FPS and used 1970MB of VRAM at max settings with DDOF turned on. That's why I returned it for a 3GB HD 7970.


Ive been thinking about taking my 4gb 760 back and getting a 7970. How do you like yours?


I got the Asus DirectCU II version and I am very impressed. The voltage is locked by default and at 1.182v (stock) I had no trouble hitting 1200/1600Mhz. Just for fun, I flashed the BIOS to the Matrix version of the Asus 7970 which unlocked the voltage and I was able to hit 1325/1750Mhz with temps no higher than 78c with fans at 100%. I backed off to 1275/1750Mhz and I love it. Stays extremely cool with a custom fan profile and it's very quiet... On top of that the thing looks amazing. Compared to my GTX 760, which was clocked at 1215/1750Mhz, the 7970 is about 15-20% faster at it's current setting. I was going to buy the 4GB 760 for $309 but went with this instead. Couldn't be happier!

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