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Which GTX 770 to get? [Gainward vs Gigabyte, 2GB vs 4GB]

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Hi there everyone!

I'm getting tired of my GTX 460 that I have in my build right now, so I want to upgrade it to a GTX 770.

I will be using the GPU to power a single 1080p monitor and would like it to last at least as long as my GTX 460 did, but preferably a bit longer, since it's gonna cost me about double as much as the GTX 460 did. I will also be upgrading my PSU to a Seasonic G-550 along with it. The rest of my system's specs can be found in my signature.


Currently I have three options I am considering, and I would like your opinion on which one to get:

Gigabyte GTX 770 OC 2GB Windforce 3x (1137/1189 MHz) -- €370,-
http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=4629#ov

Gainward GTX 770 Phantom 2GB (1150/1202 MHz) -- €385,-
http://www.gainward.com/main/vgapro.php?id=912

Gainward GTX 770 Phantom 4GB (1046/1085 MHz) -- €430,-
http://www.gainward.com/main/vgapro.php?id=910&lang=en

I was going to get the 4GB Phantom since I could afford the premium and it seemed more future proof, until I noticed that it has an older cooler with only 2 non-removable fans, unlike the 2GB Phantom that has 3 removable ones and it runs at stock clock speeds.

My current preference, therefore, is the Phantom 2GB, because of the cooler's awesome look, removable fans and the high clock speeds.
I'm also considering waiting for a 4GB Windforce 3x.

Any thoughts, especially on the 2GB vs 4GB thing, because I'm sure 2GB is sufficient for now, but how about in 2 or 3 years?
The 8GB unified memory on the next-gen consoles might stir things up a bit in the VRAM department, I think.
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I really don't like doing this, but since no one responded yet and my thread's not on page 1 anymore: Bump.
post #3 of 7
You are going to get a ton of people saying the 4gb is not worth it as the card won't use it. They are right for the most part, it doesn't increase performance at all. That said, if you are not a game modder or multi-monitor gamers you will not need 4gb and I highly recommend going with the 2GB.

If you intend to run texture mods or surround gaming the extra $50 is worth the fact you don't need to worry about issues related to hitting vram ceiling.

I've owned several gigabyte cards as well as Windforce coolers, they are very well built and the coolers are great so I highly recommend them.
Edited by benben84 - 6/27/13 at 11:27am
 
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I'd go with the Gigabyte 2GB version since it is slightly cheaper and the extra few mhz won't make any difference. I'd go 2gb because you really need to go SLi or have a 780 running multi monitor to need 4GB RAM. The new consoles COULD change that but it is questionable if the 770 by itself (non-SLi) would have enough power to really use/need the extra RAM. All the current benchmarks with 4GB 670/680s show no viable improvement over 2GB models. Some people will say differently but the published reviews advocate for 2GB. If you might go SLi one day then 4Gb could be viable but if you know you will never go SLi then I would defenitely get the 2GB card.
 
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I'll echo the opinion that 4GB is not needed at all for one 1080p monitor.

I have the Gigabyte GTX 770 Windforce 2GB, and I really like it. The factory overclock is nice, and the cooler is super quiet (my old Gigabyte 6950 Windforce was near-silent too). As for performance and temps, both cards will likely be almost identical. One very minor difference will be that the Gainward should direct some hot air out the back of the card because of the direction of the heatsink fins. That won't happen with the Gigabyte, so you'll have a bit more hot air swirling around in your case. Again, small difference.

Really, you'll be fine with either one.
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Hmm... I think there is some point in saying the GTX 770 doesn't have the processing power to ever need 4GB and I don't like SLI (too much power usage, too little stability).
So I guess I'll be going for the Gainward 2GB, then.
Not because I don't like Gigabyte (In fact my previous and current motherboard and previous two GPU's were all Gigabytes [Passive 9600GT, anyone? biggrin.gif]), but because I want to try a different brand for once. No one with the Gainward version on this forum?
Also the argument that the Gainward would blow a bit of the hot air out of my case instead of into it, I really like.

Anyway, thanks for your input. Rep+ for all of you! thumb.gif
Edited by xIntenso - 6/27/13 at 11:59am
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I just ordered a damaged box evga ACX SC 770 for $395 from amazon. Not sure I will keep it but I will see if the 770 is for me.
 
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