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Originally Posted by willibj View Post

Crossfire scales better with the 7970's too.

Absolutely, but its still (imo) a much worse experience than SLI. Framerate is really the only thing Crossfire has going for it
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I agree that 2GB is fine

 

but today on Battlefield 3 I hit 2212 GB Vram on Ultra and 4x MSAA :) (1440p)

 

Also Crysis 2 in DX11 mode with high res texture pack hits 2250ish GB Vram as well.

 

Keep in mind that in BF3, ultra with 4xMSAA my average fps was 40ish with a 670

 

In Crysis 2, my average fps was in mid 30s with a single 670

 

I would need an 670 SLI to run those games around 60fps.

 

YES 2GB cards are enough but if you can afford it, it would never hurt to get a 4GB card. It could pay off next year, Who knows.

 

 

Also kcuestag says that disabling windows aero reduces Vram usage. Keep that in mind as well

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For the last 6 months, I've only had issues with Nvidias drivers. Pretty much all of them BTW. On the other hand, I only hear good things about AMD's drivers. I understand that you'd prefer Nvidia cards but I wouldn't close myself to other options.
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Absolutely, but its still (imo) a much worse experience than SLI. Framerate is really the only thing Crossfire has going for it

Indeed the SLI experience (not without faults) seems to be the smoother experience, at the cost of lack of frames and increased financials. The wider memory bus of the 7900 series is beneficial at high AA/AF and resolution, and it stretches its legs further. I'm currently torn between the awesome value (and higher end performance) of a 7950 crossfire setup and the desire for Physx and a smoother experience in GTX670 SLI, but goodness the price jump is large in my neck of the woods.

I can get 7950's at £239 each (aftermarket cooler that exhausts out of the case silently - HIS IceQ), with the cheapest 670 being £290 (reference - yuck). I have to decide by tomorrow night, but it looks like the value and performance longevity of the 7950's is going to win me over ...
 
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Absolutely, but its still (imo) a much worse experience than SLI. Framerate is really the only thing Crossfire has going for it

Care to elaborate? I am thinking about upgrading. For no 69xx gen, I have far less problem with crossfire than I did with GTX 560 Ti SLI. My step son is still running the GTX 560 Ti SLI. Again, I am not saying you are incorrect - I just want to see some proof. If SLI is indeed much better than crosfire, I might go back to green. Otherwise, was intending to stay red.
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Questions 1:
Why 680 GTX $100 more. Only difference is it has more shader processors. All the reviews I have seen it only beats the 670 gtx by 5 fps. Am I missing something?

The 680 gets the highest quality gk104 chips (in other words, chips with no defects that perform the best during the binning process). Consequently, NVIDIA charges top dollar because some enthusiasts are willing to pay top dollar for the absolute best performance possible.

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Questions 2:
I am figuring that 2 gb is Vram is sufficient for 2560 x 1440p ( Based on Reviews). Is 4gb Vram really worth it?
And no I am not getting a 7970, screw ATI and there crappy drivers.
2 GB should be okay for now unless you plan on running maximum detail settings (like high-res texture packs with AA, AF and AO all set to max). However, 4 GB is more 'future-proof', if you believe in the concept.
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The 680 gets the highest quality gk104 chips (in other words, least amount of defects as far as ASIC quality goes). Consequently, NVIDIA charges top dollar because some enthusiasts are willing to pay top dollar for the absolute best performance possible.
2 GB should be okay unless you plan on running maximum detail settings (like high-res texture packs with AA, AF and AO set to max). However, 4 GB is more 'future-proof', if you believe in the concept.

Long as these 670gtx last me 2 years or so I will be happy. I like too run my games with everything on. Just a bad habit. This 2gb or 4 gb vram debate is going back and forth. Some people say you don't need it other say yes you do.
    
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The 670's will do great at that res. 2gb is enough for the regular user that is just gaming with vanilla or lightly modded. Crysis 2 and Warhead take up my 2gb of vram at 1080p heavily modded tongue.gif
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Long as these 670gtx last me 2 years or so I will be happy. I like too run my games with everything on. Just a bad habit. This 2gb or 4 gb vram debate is going back and forth. Some people say you don't need it other say yes you do.

It is because games are at the point where 2GB is barely enough for some games and is plenty for others. It really depends on the games you will be playing
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