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Oh, Carniflex, I meant 4GB for 5760x1080. I'm planning on buying two more of these ASUS VG248QE's in the near future for a Surround Setup. I'm trying to figure out my best upgrade path, at the moment. For my single 1080, one 780 or two 770 2GBs would be perfect. The 770s would give me better performance but the 780 would give me a far better upgrade path so it's a tough call.

I am currently trying to find the best solution to running my 24" 1080p 144Hz screen at 100+ FPS to really test out Lightboost and the refresh rate since I've always gamed w/ 60Hz IPS Panels.

If I really enjoy, which I think I will, I'm going to buy two more so I will need enough GPU power to keep them at high fps w/ reasonable quality settings. It doesn't have to be max but at least high or more in most games, aside from Crysis and Metro.


Ellis, I give up on those benchmarks. I swear that I read through an entire review that made no sense like that but I can't find it for the life of me so you win. haha

So, given my situation since I'm going to order as soon as they get stock back in, what would be my best option in running my current screen then upgrading?

Basically, what is going to be better for me between 780 SLI and 770 4GB 3-Way SLI?

I'm assuming the 770s would outperform the 780s by a good margin at 5760x1080, however, those 780s are overclocking monsters. lol

I wish I was more familiar with Nvidia. redface.gif I feel like I'm way in over my head. haha

EDIT:

They have the Gigabyte and EVGA 4GB Cards at Newegg. They sold out quickly, though. Then I found the Gigabyte in stock at Amazon but they sold out before I could snag one.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125462 <-- $449 for Gigabyte

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130925 <-- $519 for EVGA

Obviously, I would just pay $650 for a 780 before paying $520 for the EVGA version. $449 isn't a bad price compared to $399 on the 2GB's, though.
Hm. I still think that the 780 is a better bet - the extra VRAM and wider memory bus should give an advantage once (if) you move to 5760x1080, and then you obviously have the option of a second card in SLI (a third 770 is an option, yes, but not a very good one). Also, taking into account the extra overclocking potential of the 780, you'll slightly narrow the gap there.

EDIT: tried a few games out.
Alan Wake, max settings, 2xMSAA maxes 1GB VRAM
Borderlands 2, custom settings (PhysX is on low, so not GPU accelerated), SMAA uses at least 900MB
Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon, custom settings, 2xMSAA maxes 1GB VRAM

Not a massive sample, I know, but honestly 1GB is not enough for most 1080p gaming.
Edited by Ellis - 6/17/13 at 6:04am
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Which 780 was it that you guys recommended? If I go w/ 780s, then SLI will be the most I would ever go meaning I will only have two cards in a large case with 4 slots and plenty of airflow.

I found a decent deal on an EVGA 780 Superclocked w/ ACX Cooling but I think you guys suggested getting the Reference Cooler, though, right?
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Which 780 was it that you guys recommended? If I go w/ 780s, then SLI will be the most I would ever go meaning I will only have two cards in a large case with 4 slots and plenty of airflow.

I found a decent deal on an EVGA 780 Superclocked w/ ACX Cooling but I think you guys suggested getting the Reference Cooler, though, right?
The ACX has been really well reviewed, and you might be fine with two of them depending on the case and airflow, but I would go for a blower cooler. The reference blower is supposed to be good on the 770/780/TITAN. Though I don't think you can actually buy a reference 770 tongue.gif
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The ACX has been really well reviewed, and you might be fine with two of them depending on the case and airflow, but I would go for a blower cooler. The reference blower is supposed to be good on the 770/780/TITAN. Though I don't think you can actually buy a reference 770 tongue.gif

Isn't this SC 770 a Reference Model?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130922

They also have the 770 4GB in Stock now:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125462
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Isn't this SC 770 a Reference Model?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130922

It's a reference pcb but the reference cooler for the 770 is the same as the titan and 780.
I don't know of anyone in the US offering that cooler on the 770 even though it was what the reference cards that were sent out to reviewers were using.
One company in europe offers the 770 with that cooler but it cost more than the custom cooling solutions.
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It's a reference pcb but the reference cooler for the 770 is the same as the titan and 780.
I don't know of anyone in the US offering that cooler on the 770 even though it was what the reference cards that were sent out to reviewers were using.
One company in europe offers the 770 with that cooler but it cost more than the custom cooling solutions.
Yep.

Perhaps I should've clarified though - by just saying "reference" I meant the whole design, cooler included.
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Having run 7970Ghz Lightnings 2x CFX, 2x 680 Lightnings SLI, and a single 670FTW at resolutions including 1080p,1440p, 1600p, and 1440p landscape +2x 1440x900 portrait, here's my take:

Anything less than 1440p becomes very CPU and RAM dependant, with linear scaling in FPS as the CPU + RAM clocks went up all the way to 5.1Ghz on 3930K and 5.3Ghz on 3770K (and DDR3-2580 10-12-11-30 1T / DDR3-2886 11-13-12-32 1T respectively) where I hit the limit on my loop.

At 1440p, it still scales with CPU/RAM speed, but the GPUs max out at a reasonable CPU clock.

I would say, if I were buying, the only thing that I would be looking at are the 780s. Personally, I would wait for the 780 Lightnings assuming voltage control, as with good cooling and especially with water, both the 7970Ghz and 680 Lightnings clock much better than any other cards I've used from the same series with even a small bump in voltage. The 680s beat my 670FTW by over 100Mhz core and I have a really good clocking 670FTW (11K 3DM11 good, with just 4.6Ghz CPU and 2284 9-11-10-27 1T RAM). Assuming that they are as good or better, they will be the absolute best option IMHO.
   
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