I may have read more than 50 articles/reviews/forum discussions/benchmarks/number comparisons etc. etc. combined, but still ambiguous about it. There are many discussions here on tom's too but as usual, largely out of context for me. So here it is,
1. Is all the above correct?
2. EVGA reference is not available to me, but is there a big possible performance difference between it and Asus's reference?
3. Not only I do plan to SLI in future, but the cost difference between the reference and dcu-ii is drastic. I may get a second-hand reference card from a good source for $630, but the new DCU-II will surely cost me minimum $800. Is it worth paying $170 for the DCU-II?
4. Is a WB necessary to OC the reference model?
5. I read many bad things about 780 Ti WindForce 3 GHZ and OC models (including newegg user reviews). But still if I had the WF3 OC available too for $630, would it have been a better choice over Asus reference?
Or should I just stick to my GB 770 2gb and get a little bit better performance out of it by installing windows 8/8.1 :-) ). Now this surely will sound stupid and completely out of context, but some people do suggest that windows 7 has some ugly issues in terms of gaming performance.
BF4 never uses more than ~2.4 GB vram (depends on map) with my r9 280x, playing on ultra with 2x msaa (not 4x) and resolution scale on 100%. Your 780ti could max out ultra with higher resolution scale so it could get to 3gb usage (as said, depends on map)
not really, the non matrix are mid range along with the evga and the msi, lightning, inno3d dhs and platinum are high end, these are definitely top 3, but the order of them is arguable but that's not to say the other models are bad, I'm just telling you the high end ones, mid end ones are just as good really , maybe 5-10fps difference
I think I'll be good with the non-matrix purchase for the time being. It's not that it would've mattered anyway if I changed my mind. My cousin has already made the purchase in Canada half an hour back .
So thanks a lot to all the brilliant and kind people who spared their precious time to help me out.