Originally Posted by Scotty Mac
I read it just now. Pretty interesting. I was looking into the step up program a couple days ago, it will only let me "step up" I a regular 770 or 780. Which I'm not sure about. Haven't researched the 770 at all. 780
To rich for me right now. Although I have seen on evga forums, many people having issues with the 770's. As far as AB goes, the max power limit for my card is 115%. Maybe a safe zone that evga implemented in the bios? I have no idea lol. My main concern is while running the furmark tests.. Temps going to reach 85-90+c.. Never had anything go that high. And if I have to run multiple tests to find the sweet spot OC, then that's a bigger concern. (I've only done 5 minute tests as the guide says)
set up ur fan control like:(all the following pertains to u, Scotty Mac, but it may also be informative to many other ppl now and in the future.)
Furmark, especially for five minuets, is much more internsive than actual video games. i decided to go back to running it for 60 seconds. (it's just as much the time as anything. initially 5 minuets is a very idea.) the test result score for Furmark is not important. it's just the temperature(s) that result that matter. and it is one of the easiest ways to see quickly see wat ur boost speeds are.
also, take a look at ur MOBO temperatures. (HWMonitor HERE
is ok for that.) make sure it's not like it was for me with the EVGA card; as far as my MOBO was heating up the Vid card and the Vid card was heating up my MOBO. (see: post #2353
as far as using EVGA's 90-day trade-up program. Be sure ur card is properly registered at EVGA. Maybe even give them a shout out and call their 800 number. EVGA ppl are great on the phone.
Use a strategy that involves waiting for prices (on cards u qualify for) to drop. In the meantime, determine if u can go with 2GB or if 4GB is really necessary. I think FXAA works so well that it almost completely eliminates the need for 4GB @1080p. Like i've said before only ppl that Mod games really need 4GB. (BF4 may be the 1st exception but lowering settings could remedy that.)
So, check regularly GTX 770 and GTX 780 prices:
Hopefully an additional crazy awesome 700 series card(s) from EVGA that u qualify for gets released. And u can get it or it helps reduce prices on 770 and 780 cards. (edit: or 760 so it would be more affordable for u to go SLI with 760s.
if it's true that the two fan set-up is not working very well with ur MOBO; and an upgraded card has the same type of HSF (Heat-Sync Fan), then adding an additional fan that blows air at ur MOBO's South bridge is the obvious solution. (u just have to be inventive on how to get it placed inside of ur case. A single fan properly placed can miraculously reduce all around temps or just one too high temp.)
2-Way SLI w/ GTX 760 is absolutely the best deal for ur money right now. i especially like how it isn't necessary to OC with it. The performance is unbelievable! (49% Scalability in many games is SIK!) But, if the price of 770 or 780 drop enough, u may just luck-out! It is the two additional 700 series cards that are soon-to-be-released that will make 770 or 780 possible. Because they and AMD's new 200 series are going to drive prices down. (Example: two 770 for $299 each is about wat ur hoping for. That would be awesome. i would have held out if i hadn't fallen for the myth that the 760 was the last 700 series cards.)
But, ONLY upgrade to it if it is cheap enough to go SLI (770 or 780). Because 2-Way SLI GTX 760 blows away 770 and 780 single card setups.
U might even be able to trade-up to a much fancier pair of 770s. (And a phone call to EVGA could confirm if u can or can't Trade-up to a fancier 760 that may not be released yet. so call and ask them.) Current 770s for example with a dual BIOS switch would be cool and fun to have. Maybe they will even release a 770 (edit: 760) that can obtain voltages as high as the MSI Hawk 760!
So calculate the days u have left to trade-up and watch prices and news.
Also note that the 800 series nVidia cards in 2014 are going to be MONSTROUS and make SLI that outperforms current SLI Titans affordable!
(well, as a result, sticking to a single card may become the norm.
So, 2-way 760 could be enough for the time being.)
)Edited by Bee Dee 3 Dee - 10/16/13 at 6:08am