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Poll Results: Which Card is the Best Option? (Be Sure to Explain Why, Please)

 
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    EVGA Superclocked ACX
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    MSI Lightning
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    Gigabyte Windforce
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To go ahead and explain why I'm going SLI 770s instead of buying a 780, I have a single Asus VG248QE 144Hz w/ Lightboost so I want the highest frame rates possible at a reasonable price to take full advantage of it. As for Reference vs. Non-Reference, I have a giant Switch 810 that I will installing fans in every available spot. Airflow should not be a problem.



As for my Questions: (I have $20 off at NCIX so I can get a good price on one card. However, their return policy is brutal as you have to pay return shipping + 15% restocking so I have to make sure I buy the right card as returning it is not an option. I'll then buy the other from either Newegg or Amazon, most likely.)


1). Are the Premium Cards, such as the EVGA Superclocked ACX and MSI Lightning, worth the premium over the regular cards? I know that a huge plus is them being factory overclocked doesn't void the warranty. The EVGA is only $420 and comes in with 1111 Core and 1163 Boost. (Kind of low in comparison, actually.) The MSI Lightning is 1150 Core and 1202 Boost, but also adds $30 being $450 each. My other choices would be between the Gigabyte, Asus, and MSI Gaming Edition, all of which are $399.

2.) How exactly does the EVGA step-up program work? I mean, I get the concept of I just pay the difference between the new card and my current card, but if I step up from a 770 to a 780, do I get to select the model I step up to or is there only one option? Is it worth buying an EVGA card just for that feature?

3.) Are the specs I'm seeing on the Gigabyte cards on Newegg legit? 1137 Core and 1189 Boost all for $399? The 4GB model also has the same factory overclock for only $449? Is it me or are these extremely good values? Isn't the Gigabyte cooler also one of the best out there?

4). Is the 4GB 770 just kind of a waste? For example, I am going to slowly upgrade to 5760x1080p Surround over the next few months so would it be best to go two 4GB 770s now and add another or just return/sell the 2GB 770s and upgrade to 780s at that point? I'm thinking the 256-Bit Bus is going to really limit the 770s.



Anyways, sorry for the Novel. I just wanted to be sure I covered everything and explained all of my concerns.

Thanks for the help!
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post #2 of 5

I will answer the ones I can

 

4GB is perhaps a waste at this point in 1080p gaming but we don't really know what the new console ports will bring to the table.

 

You might never use more than 2GB vram in most games but if you will keep these GPUs for sometime, than you could think of a 4GB version.

 

( For surround definitaly grab the 4GB versions) However 770 SLI 4GB might not cut it for you in surround.

 

 

Other than that Evga has great warranty in USA, but I also like Gigabyte Windforce GPUs. They are very well OCed and runs cool.

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Thank You for your help. smile.gif

I think I will hold off on the 4GBs. I'm going to try to save my money as much as possible and that way I'll be able to upgrade faster, should I decide to. Who knows, I might be perfectly happy with two 770s and one Monitor.

Anyone else have more input on all of these questions?
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I would go with the EVGA 770 SC with the ACX 2 fan coolers. They get awesome temps, have a higher base clock (1111mhz) and are only a few buck more at $419. The Windforce is $400 and has a higher baseclock still (1137) BUT it is an exceptionally LARGE card @ 11.5" long vs the 10" length of the EVGA 770 SC. Plus I would not trade EVGAs warranty service for an extra 26mhz. EVGA also has the step up program for 90 days, so your purchase is protected for a bit if you decide to go 780 or something.

Both cards are available in 4GB models, but all data says you don't need 4GB at this time. Check out these articles on 2gb vs 4GB.

http://www.overclock.net/t/1291882/1440p-and-above-gaming-club/270#post_17982610

http://www.hardocp.com/article/2013/01/14/asus_geforce_gtx_670_directcu_ii_4gb_sli_review/9#.UcTbWj54Zno

All this may change when the new consoles come out in December but I doubt it. The only concrete reason to go 4GB at this time is if you use lots of manually added texture mods (ie Skyrim).

BTW way, I don't have any personal experience with the step up program but it sounds simple to me. The only catch could be shipping charges if they hit you with those.... http://www.evga.com/support/stepup/
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How about you do this thinking.gif ...Read the following...

EVGA GTX 770 SC ACX review

MSI GTX 770 Lightning review

Gigabyte GTX 770 Windforce OC review

ASUS DirectCU II GTX 770

MSI GTX 770 Gaming review

Now you should be able to make your choice. I believe there is basically nobody on this forum has owned all these gpu's and can tell you which is the better 1 to buy, so you'll do better by reading the site reviews for yourself & make the choice.

After reading these reviews & many more from different sites for myself, I will say buy either the EVGA SC ACX , ASUS DCU II, or Gigabyte Windforce OC...you will not go wrong with either but that's my opinion thumb.gif

BTW...My 1st choice would be Gigabyte cuz they have been nothin' but AWESOME with their Windforce cards thumbsupsmiley.png
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