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How is the Gigabyte 770 3x windforce OC Edition gonna hold up against the test of time?

I am thinking about getting the GPU listed above also found here: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gigabyte-video-card-gvn770oc4gd I want to get the 4gb version to help future proof it. That way if i decide to SLI (I plan on it just waiting until it cant play games well) it will be limited to 4gb instead of 2gb. So how long could I expect one card to be able to run 1080p @ 30fps? Im hoping for high-ultra graphics for at least 1-2 years. then another 1-2 when i sli. Is that plausible?
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  1. i will say that the card should last a long time. you most likely upgrade before the card fails but if not you have a warranty on the card.
  2. Yes if you are gaming at 1080P then it is plausible.
  3. Does anyone know of a source that a credible reviewer states how long the expectany on being able to max games with this card?
  4. no because you don't know what the next gen games are going to be and how fast the next gen cards are going to be.
  5. They are good cards. I have 2 of them. I bought the first one shortly after they were released and the 2nd a couple of months later. For SLI you will need to match vram sizes, so if the first card is 4Gb the 2nd card needs to be 4Gb aswell. However for what a 4Gb 770 costs you may want to take a look at the R9 290 it's faster than the 770 and costs about the same or less. http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gigabyte-video-card-gvr929wf34gd But it will produce more heat and use more power.
  6. Bresser said:
    Does anyone know of a source that a credible reviewer states how long the expectany on being able to max games with this card?


    Nope, never seen any clairvoyants that write game or hardware reviews. There is just no way pf knowing what games will require in the next 1-2 years all we can do is guess. My guess would be I'll get another year maybe 2 out of my SLI setup before I upgrade.
  7. Going back in history it takes a top end card about 2-4 years to drop down to mid range performance. GTX480 was in between HD7850 and HD7870 two years later http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/AMD/HD_7850_HD_7870/26.html all are still well capable cards 4 years later.
  8. Yes that is plausible, especially with the fact that "next gen" games really arent all they were cut out to be or even hardly exist at the moment.
  9. Stop asking for reviewers opinions and ask for the consumers opinions, you won't often get your biased or paid off opinions like some reviewers are not to mention consumers actually keep the card much longer than a reviewer ever will. this is just my opinion. I own that exact card and I can say for sure it shows the finger to all games I've shoved at it, any game that didn't perform well was due to the developer at fall for poorly optimizing their games and for validation many other consumers would agree on poor optimization. the 3 fans might make you think their loud but its the quietest component in my system, when under load and idle, however you put the fans at 100% and you can defintely hear it, but they never went 60% fan speed and they were dead silent not to mention I live in the Caribbean where its hot all year round. If I had the cash I'd defintely Sli it. I haven't tried OCing neither partly due to where I live. However, I've read the PCB was very well made and so OCing is a breeze, my only concern is no back plate for it's sheer size but I haven't notice any sag so I'm ok with that.

    The design may not look beautiful but it performs amazingly, plus are you gonna be looking at your GPU or your screen while you game.
  10. Ive looked at the r9-290 and the stats are impressive. 20$ less than the 4gb 770 and it gets ~10fps better in most games. Plus it comes with 3 mediocre games instead on Watch Dogs. Is nVidia worth the price/performance?
  11. Bresser said:
    Ive looked at the r9-290 and the stats are impressive. 20$ less than the 4gb 770 and it gets ~10fps better in most games. Plus it comes with 3 mediocre games instead on Watch Dogs. Is nVidia worth the price/performance?


    The R9 290 run on par with the GTX 780 however it has a much higher TDP of around 290-300W which mean it runs HOT! so be wary of that, some say non-reference cards solve the problems, technically reducing the load temps to about 80-85C which is still pretty hot. That being said the R9 290 is still a great performer and defintely more powerful than a GTX 770, alot of people just watercool it though. I chose Nvidia because of alot of developers using GameWorks and the upcoming G-sync but that's just my opinion. AMD has their new Mantle which comes in handy. However I still got 60-80fps on BF4 with a GTX 770, which is a mantle optimized game and if you ask me what more do you need than 60fps? That's just my opinion on it, don't let it put you down on buying the R9 290, it is more powerful than a 770 and the 4GB VRAM that comes with it is definitely handy.
  12. I know this may be sound like a noob question but whats the problem with running that hot the card (most cards in general) are designed to either overclock to a certain level or until they hit the 85c limit. So if it hits the limit and tries going higher in temp it will downclock till it stays at 80-85c besides the possible performance degrade what is the problem of running hot. noise is not a factor for me so if i need the fans at 100% i have no problem putting them there?
  13. Bresser said:
    I know this may be sound like a noob question but whats the problem with running that hot the card (most cards in general) are designed to either overclock to a certain level or until they hit the 85c limit. So if it hits the limit and tries going higher in temp it will downclock till it stays at 80-85c besides the possible performance degrade what is the problem of running hot. noise is not a factor for me so if i need the fans at 100% i have no problem putting them there?


    well put it like this, something gets too hot it stops working basically, or caps explode and effeciency can be ruined, which means a crappy card or in another cases the card stops working period. 85C isn't the limit btw, I've had an amd card reach 102C(never let that happen). When a card reaches its TDP limit a fail safe goes off and you computer hard shutdowns to safe damaging your GPU and other components. However this can still deter the effeciency of the card so I wouldn't even try doing it.

    If noise isn't a factor then by my guest get the AMD R9 290, the stock card sounds like a vacuum literally. I can't say much for the non-reference cards.
  14. according to a review i saw (i think it was aandtech seems reputable) the sapphire tri-x runs at 65c @ load and runs about 5 decibels louder than a "high quality computer fan" so not that loud really
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    Bresser said:
    according to a review i saw (i think it was aandtech seems reputable) the sapphire tri-x runs at 65c @ load and runs about 5 decibels louder than a "high quality computer fan" so not that loud really


    Like I told you, take a consumers pov. Several consumers have reported blackscreens with this card while others complain about the nice. The lucky ones however, did speak of it being fabulous and having destroyed every game they threw at it. So if you're lucky you'll get a top notch card! so it's a bargain. Sapphire does do a great job with AMD cards.
  16. Its not really a bargain. Since I will be buying new DOA's and Dead before 30 days will be replaced by newegg or amazon or whoever is cheapest when i buy. Hopefully I don't have to tho. Hopefully I buy a card put it in install driver and we are all set no problems.
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