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Should i go 670 FTW SLI or step up to 780?

Poll Results: 670 FTW or Step up to the 780

This is a multiple choice poll
  • 50% of voters (13)
    Buy a second EVGA 670 FTW
  • 50% of voters (13)
    Step up to the EVGA 780 (Assuming i will need more than 2GB of VRAM)
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post #1 of 27
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Hi guys i have an EVGA 670 FTW and the only game i play is Battlefield 3. (woo) I am ordering a 144hz ASUS VG278HE monitor and i wanted to get another video card (or a stronger one) to push more than 120fps. so i can get the most out of the 144hz.

I have a choice to spend around 300 ish on stepping up to a 780, or i can probably spend like 250 on a used 670 FTW for SLI.

I dont plan on going 1440p (until Maxwell comes out). I will be gaming on this single 1080p screen. No plan at all for going multi-monitor or doing 3D.

What is a better choice ? I know the 780 has more VRAM, the ONLY reason why i considered stepping up was because i am worried that Battlefield 4 may require more than 2GB of VRAM. I have recorded to use about 1861MB of VRAM while playing really heavy Ultra games with 4xMSAA on maps like Aftermath or Seine Crossing.....so am i expecting to see more VRAM usage in BF4??? I mean look at those graphics!!!!! thumb.gif

I honestly just want a smooth experience when Battlefield 4 comes out. I also just wanted a second video card or another stronger one because sometimes i do get FPS drops on certain situations with a bunch of explosions and sometimes FPS drops can be very detrimental to me because for example if im flying a helicopter through a forest or a bunch of buildings.... the matter of a one second FPS drop can kill me when flying so low and fast..... ): so im in definite need for an upgrade.
post #2 of 27
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Originally Posted by Aesthethc View Post

I have a choice to spend around 300 ish on stepping up to a 780, or i can probably spend like 250 on a used 670 FTW for SLI.

I dont plan on going 1440p (until Maxwell comes out). I will be gaming on this single 1080p screen. No plan at all for going multi-monitor or doing 3D.

I would step up to a 780 biggrin.gif ...You can always buy a 2nd 780 later when it's necessary.
post #3 of 27
Two 670's will give performance close to that of the Titan if not better. Get a 780 if you gonna buy another one if needed. If not I think a 670 will be better.
If you ordered a monitor of similar resolution to your current one there shouldn't be any problems. AFAIK, ram usage doesn't increase with more FPS output.
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post #4 of 27
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Originally Posted by Skorpian View Post

Two 670's will give performance close to that of the Titan if not better. Get a 780 if you gonna buy another one if needed. If not I think a 670 will be better.
If you ordered a monitor of similar resolution to your current one there shouldn't be any problems. AFAIK, ram usage doesn't increase with more FPS output.

I honestly just dont want to spend any more money than i need to. I just dropped like 500 on a monitor and my wallet is starting to hurt. I dont mind getting the 780 if its THAT much of a price difference/deal breaker at 1080p single screen 2D gaming.

The VRAM concern was mostly just the fact that BF4 might require more than 2GB cause i already use 1.8GB in BF3 in single screen. And i currently get FPS drops when time to time on the really heavy explosions on Aftermath maps with Ultra + 4x MSAA.
post #5 of 27
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Originally Posted by Aesthethc View Post

I honestly just dont want to spend any more money than i need to. I just dropped like 500 on a monitor and my wallet is starting to hurt. I dont mind getting the 780 if its THAT much of a price difference/deal breaker at 1080p single screen 2D gaming.

The VRAM concern was mostly just the fact that BF4 might require more than 2GB cause i already use 1.8GB in BF3 in single screen. And i currently get FPS drops when time to time on the really heavy explosions on Aftermath maps with Ultra + 4x MSAA.
The really heavy explosions are due to lack of raw power of GPU I'd suppose, not lack of vRAM. If you hit your vRAM wall your FPS will go down to single digits. The game will be practically unplayable. I don't think a 780 will help much with that. The 780 has less raw power than two 670's.
You already said your wallet is burning. Will you be able to fork out around 1300$ - ish for two 780's? Even on two phases?
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post #6 of 27
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Originally Posted by Skorpian View Post

The really heavy explosions are due to lack of raw power of GPU I'd suppose, not lack of vRAM. If you hit your vRAM wall your FPS will go down to single digits. The game will be practically unplayable. I don't think a 780 will help much with that. The 780 has less raw power than two 670's.
You already said your wallet is burning. Will you be able to fork out around 1300$ - ish for two 780's? Even on two phases?

Oh single digits? Okay, that probably makes sense then. I used to drop down to single digits on my 560ti so thats probably why. I wasnt planning on getting two 780's. rather a choice of TWO 670's or ONE 780. There is no way i can afford a second 780.

Maybe ill go with the SLI 670's. Ill give it some thought.
post #7 of 27
Good luck with it and yes think it through. You might want to wait for other opinions.
And about dropping to single digits I'm not 100% sure about it, I read it somewhere here on OCN I believe. You should monitor your vRAM usage when the stuttering occurs to find out if it's really because of hitting vRAM.-
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post #8 of 27
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Originally Posted by Skorpian View Post

Good luck with it and yes think it through. You might want to wait for other opinions.
And about dropping to single digits I'm not 100% sure about it, I read it somewhere here on OCN I believe. You should monitor your vRAM usage when the stuttering occurs to find out if it's really because of hitting vRAM.-

Well, like i said i use a max of 1.8gb in Battlefield 3. I think the stuttering/drops im talking about only go down to about 45fps or 55 fps.... but never single digits though. I only had single digits back with my 560ti and 1GB of VRAM with MSAA on. MSAA sure is taxing....

I just wish EA would just tell me straight up: "Battlefield 4 will only need 2GB of VRAM max for smoothest possible experience at 1080p" then i would have no problem jumping straight to the 670 ftw's. Have you heard of any 670's breaking 1200mhz core clock at stock volts? My FTW hits 1202. Im worried if i get a 670 i wont be able to clock as high?
post #9 of 27
Grab another 670, it'll be more than enough to hold you over until 1440p and maxwell and is enough even if you wanted to go 1440p now.
 
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post #10 of 27
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Grab another 670, it'll be more than enough to hold you over until 1440p and maxwell and is enough even if you wanted to go 1440p now.

Agree! 670 SLI will be bliss at 1080p 144hz wink.gif
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