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GTX 770 2GB SLI or GTX 770 4GB SLI on 1080p

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October 23, 2013 12:00:46 AM

hey guys

so i just want to buy a card that i can max game setting on 3-4 years ( or just high setting )
and i want to use like 2 or 4 x SSAA or MSAA
so which one should i choose ? i want to use it for like 3-4 years , so should choose the 4gb sli over 2gb sli ? or will i run out of gpu power before i run out of vram ? because i heard crysis 3 with 8xMSAA is using more than 2 GB vram !

WHICH ONE SHOULD I BUY ? :( (
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October 23, 2013 12:16:27 AM

If you have a 1080p single monitor, I think 2GB would be enough. Too bad they don't have those in 3GB cards. 4GB IMO is more for multi-monitor or if you plan to go x16 AA or something crazy. Plus if the 2GB cards are cheaper, you save some money (lose less) while upgrading in the future.
October 23, 2013 12:16:47 AM

i hold off a few weeks the newer amd 290x dropping in a few days at 650 price point and in a few weeks the 780ti is dropping and nvidia going to cut the price or the 780. you may see in a few weeks the 770 drop in price. if they do i get the 4g cards.
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October 23, 2013 12:53:12 AM
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get the 4gb version if the price difference is not too much. cause with gtx 770 sli you might want to crank up most of the setting and at 1080p you need to have at least 2gb
October 23, 2013 1:00:20 AM

Crysis 3 1080p 8x MSAA would certainly use more than 2GB of VRAM, but quite why you'd be using 8x MSAA I don't know, especially considering how useless it is in DX11. Since you are in SLI, the cards are fast enough to run games at settings that may consume more than 2GB, unless its way more expensive go with the 4GB, you'll not get any performance boost right now, but if you step up your monitor you will.
October 23, 2013 1:03:48 AM

1) What is your BUDGET for graphics?
2) Is it a SINGLE monitor?

I'm starting to recommend at least 3GB of memory once you start spending over $400. While 2GB is plenty now, the new consoles have much more memory so 2014+ games will likely increase the amount of memory used.

I'm not sure I'd recommend SLI period though. That's going to be near $1000 with two 4GB 770's.

My advice would currently be:
EVGA GTX780 3GB with ACX cooler ($660 to $700)

*We're also waiting for the new AMD and NVidia cards to surface as well as prices to settle out. There are Pros and Cons to both companies but I mention the 780 because you said NVidia.

Other:
G-Sync monitors are coming out in 2014. NVidia support only. Google that, but the technology is really incredible. Basically, the monitor can display new frames as soon as the GPU produces them not a preset interval such as 60Hz.

This significantly reduces lag, stutter and screen tearing all at the same time. It may cost a bit more but then you get a smoother experience with a less expensive video card.
October 23, 2013 1:13:43 AM

cookybiscuit is right. There doesn't seem a need for antialiasing. And if the price difference is not much, go with the expensive card.
October 26, 2013 8:52:46 PM

R9 290X just out!

No non-reference cards such as Asus' DCU2 cooling yet but the initial reviews look promising. Some reviews are misleading and not comparing apples-to-apples but it looks like this new card will beat both the GTX780 and Titan!

Initial pricing is just under $600 so I'd expect about $650 for one with a great cooling solution, VRM's etc.

Obviously raw benchmarks aren't the entire picture, but AMD is back on my radar for a number of reasons:
a) new R9 290X performance/price
b) probable tweaking to GCN for PS4/XB1 cross-platform games
c) Crossfire improvements (not as good as NVidia but vastly improved)

I get the impression that NVidia pointed AMD in the right direction when discussing Frame Rate, micro-stutter etc over the last year or two. I don't think AMD was even aware of the 2nd GPU runt issue causing perceived frame rates at HALF reported.

2014 is looking really interesting for PC gaming between SteamOS (even if just the new controller), Occulus Rift, G-Sync, and the new PC-based consoles which will help raise the quality bar on PC games.
November 30, 2013 11:46:59 PM

I am not sure-- but I beleive this is a 2gb sli gtx 770 (because it said $400 and the 780 $650 and the 2gb was 400 before the price drop) this has SLI on 3 1440p monitors 3 monitors 1440p at 2gb of VRAM http://www.tweaktown.com/tweakipedia/26/nvidia-geforce-... ----- it seems like 2gb is enough -- I have asked this person to clarify if it is a 2gb test though
December 4, 2013 8:26:12 PM

Chris Wilson said:
I am not sure-- but I beleive this is a 2gb sli gtx 770 (because it said $400 and the 780 $650 and the 2gb was 400 before the price drop) this has SLI on 3 1440p monitors 3 monitors 1440p at 2gb of VRAM http://www.tweaktown.com/tweakipedia/26/nvidia-geforce-... ----- it seems like 2gb is enough -- I have asked this person to clarify if it is a 2gb test though


2GB per GPU is a bad choice now if planning to game on a triple-monitor setup which is what I assume you mean.

You're only looking at the benchmarks on this page, there are already many games that would run much better with at least 3GB per GPU and that's only going to increase in the future.

I bet if you looked up BF4 on 3x1080p you'd see the game using close to 3GB of Video RAM assuming you have the quality at max (i.e. 2x GTX780).
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