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Poll Results: 4 GB vs 2 GB for 5760 x 1080.. which should I go with?

 
  • 76% (50)
    4 GB
  • 23% (15)
    2 GB
65 Total Votes  
post #21 of 23
If it were me honestly at this point in time I'd wait for some reviews to come out comparing the 2GB to 4GB cards in SLI at Surround resolutions. I'm sure SOMEONE is going to do a decent one sometime soon ... Hopefully [H] will, as they do great reviews on stuff like this.

As for your earlier question, there's a rather big difference between 0xAA and 2xAA. Pretty huge. As you go up from there, the performance hit often gets much larger, and the returns in terms of increased IQ (image quality) goes down pretty fast. 4xAA is not much different-looking than 2xAA, and 8xAA even less different than 4xAA. Plus most of the vram hog games these days also are allowing for FXAA (Skyrim, Max Payne 3, BF3) which uses like no memory and looks about as good as 4xMSAA.

Personally I'd rather have like a nice SSD for the money I saved just buying the 2GB cards. The sacrifices to IQ you'd end up having to make in order to accommodate your 2GB capacity would be so minor, and so RARE, that I think you'll be able to live w/the compromise if you use the money elsewhere on something more useful, like upgrading to really nice board, or a better proc, or an higher capacity SSD (or maybe RAID SSD's) ... something like that.

But I'd definitely start with 2 cards just to see how they do before adding a 3rd. Tri-SLI is rarely a very good bang-for-buck proposition, because the third card only maybe gets you 40% more FPS vs 2 cards (if that ...) , whereas the 2nd card gets you around 80% vs 1 card ... and the third card costs just as much as the 2nd one did. If you go with only 2 cards, you can upgrade all kinds of other stuff instead thumb.gif
    
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Sorry for the necro... but anyone reading this thread, BF4 will use slightly more than 3GB of VRAM at 5760x1080. How much performance that hit is, I doubt much, but if you have a 1.5GB or 2GB card, you will definitely see a bottleneck. 4GB is about the sweetspot in my opinion. I wish my 780Ti's had that...
post #23 of 23
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Originally Posted by bigfellla View Post

Sorry for the necro... but anyone reading this thread, BF4 will use slightly more than 3GB of VRAM at 5760x1080. How much performance that hit is, I doubt much, but if you have a 1.5GB or 2GB card, you will definitely see a bottleneck. 4GB is about the sweetspot in my opinion. I wish my 780Ti's had that...

This post and discussion pertained to gaming as far back as Jun 2012 and you've bumped old discussion where relevancy isn't the same.

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