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280x vs 770 SLi/xFire -- 2/3 monitors

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November 4, 2013 9:20:43 AM

I am currently running two 1080p monitors, and am planing on getting one of either cards. I would like to spend under $350, but can go a little higher. The 280x, depending on which version is generally cheaper than the 770, but it is also 3GB compared to the 2GB. I plan on getting a third monitor, and want to go crossfire/SLi in the futurue. Should I get the 280x because of the 3GB vram, or save up and get the 770 4GB?

Also which version is best.
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November 4, 2013 9:42:12 AM

TheRealShoe said:
determinologyz said:
I wouldnt recommend crossfire http://www.pcper.com/reviews/Graphics-Cards/NVIDIA-GeFo...

Best bet is to go 770s in sli


4GB or 2GB


4GB this way games that are demanding such as BF4 and future next-gen games you will have the extra vram to sit on. People say its overkill but theres a few games already that can hit the 2GB vram such as skyrim with good mods,BF4, etc and not to mention if you wanna add extra monitors or up the resolution you will have the room as well
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November 4, 2013 9:46:02 AM

determinologyz said:
TheRealShoe said:
determinologyz said:
I wouldnt recommend crossfire http://www.pcper.com/reviews/Graphics-Cards/NVIDIA-GeFo...

Best bet is to go 770s in sli


4GB or 2GB


4GB this way games that are demanding such as BF4 and future next-gen games you will have the extra vram to sit on. People say its overkill but theres a few games already that can hit the 2GB vram such as skyrim with good mods,BF4, etc and not to mention if you wanna add extra monitors or up the resolution you will have the room as well

Makes sense, but I don't know if it is worth the $70 difference over the 280x. Given the 770 comes with 3 games, it does justify the price a little.
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November 4, 2013 9:48:24 AM

TheRealShoe said:
determinologyz said:
TheRealShoe said:
determinologyz said:
I wouldnt recommend crossfire http://www.pcper.com/reviews/Graphics-Cards/NVIDIA-GeFo...

Best bet is to go 770s in sli


4GB or 2GB


Makes sense, but I don't know if it is worth the $70 difference over the 280x. Given the 770 comes with 3 games, it does justify the price a little.

4GB this way games that are demanding such as BF4 and future next-gen games you will have the extra vram to sit on. People say its overkill but theres a few games already that can hit the 2GB vram such as skyrim with good mods,BF4, etc and not to mention if you wanna add extra monitors or up the resolution you will have the room as well



I mean the 280x is nice but crossfire and drivers on amd is not no where near as close as nvidia/sli so thats something to think about. Sure you can go the 2GB route but i think at some point you will feel limited seeing how games is coming out and reaching a certain point on the vram as it is
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November 4, 2013 9:53:13 AM

determinologyz said:

I mean the 280x is nice but crossfire and drivers is not no where near as close as nvidia/sli so thats something to think about. Sure you can go the 2GB route but i think at some point you will feel limited seeing how games is coming out and reaching a certain point on the vram as it is

If I were to get a 770, I would proabably end up getting the 4gb regardless because of future sli. I guess comparing the 280x to the 2gb, it wins, but when compared to the 4gb it looses? Because sli is more stable than crossfire, and more vram?

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November 4, 2013 9:59:15 AM

TheRealShoe said:
determinologyz said:

I mean the 280x is nice but crossfire and drivers is not no where near as close as nvidia/sli so thats something to think about. Sure you can go the 2GB route but i think at some point you will feel limited seeing how games is coming out and reaching a certain point on the vram as it is

If I were to get a 770, I would proabably end up getting the 4gb regardless because of future sli. I guess comparing the 280x to the 2gb, it wins, but when compared to the 4gb it looses? Because sli is more stable than crossfire, and more vram?



Yea...See for me its all about being stable no matter how fast the card is even if the 280x is faster ill rather take good frame pacing/drivers/support over a faster card and thats where i lean more towards nvidia/sli. The frame pacing is crossfire/amd is good when it works and horrible when it doesnt and thats not what you want out of dual cards. And the vram is a bonus imo i mean you never know what games could drop next gen and its better to be pe pared then to buy a gpu to know its not going to be enough then looking at other options to get another gpu
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November 4, 2013 10:02:00 AM

Since you plan on using a multi-GPU setup with a triple monitor setup I recommend going with nvidia. The micro-stuttering issues have not been fixed on AMDs side with resolutions higher than 2560x1600 on a single display.

I would go with the 4GB option because GPU RAM becomes more important the higher the resolution you go, you will exceed the 2GB limit and have some performance loss.
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November 4, 2013 10:26:07 AM

burdenbound said:
Since you plan on using a multi-GPU setup with a triple monitor setup I recommend going with nvidia. The micro-stuttering issues have not been fixed on AMDs side with resolutions higher than 2560x1600 on a single display.

I would go with the 4GB option because GPU RAM becomes more important the higher the resolution you go, you will exceed the 2GB limit and have some performance loss.

I have a 650w PSU, that should be enough to run one card right? I plan on getting another at some point soon. I'm also running a 4670k i5.
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