Originally Posted by iamkirkos
This was a great post! Thank you
I am actually sad to say I should that you could stack vram. I believed that 2x 2gb GPU's would just = 4gb of usable vram!Do you really think that the 3gb 780 could handle two monitors at 1440p
? I plan to go dual monitors down the line! I also highly doubt I'll be upgrading anything in the PC for at least a year or two. I have other things to pay for and I only have a part time job! (still in college) So I won't be going sli 780s! wayyy too expensive!!What NVIDEA GPU would you reccomend for dual 1440p and gaming?
(I'll only be gaming on one screen at a time) I'd like NVIDEA for the boosts while using programs like after effects or premiere pro. Also PhysX looks really nice!
Is there any news on a MSI twin frozor GTX 780? I heard great things about the MSI's GTX 770 version!
I cannot help you with the professional side of things, but a 780 should handle a single 1440p screen well in gaming. It is also highly advisable that you absolutely do not go for 2GB cards, especially in SLI. You'll run out of VRAM way before you run out of GPU power at that resolution.
That being said, 770 SLI has more GPU horsepower and will produce more frames than a single 780 until you hit the VRAM limit. So if you can stand turning down settings (mostly AA) to keep VRAM usage below 2GB, you should see a better performance FPS-wise with 770 SLI than with a 780. But then again, if you're open to upgrading/adding another GPU within a year or so, I don't see why a 780 won't cut it for your requirements until then. Also, there is the matter of next-gen console ports coming out early next year, which might require more VRAM than what we are used to seeing. That might be a game-changer for GPUs/VRAM usage.
So it all depends on how you are willing to handle things.
If editing on two monitors is a VRAM hungry thing (I have no clue), you don't need me to tell you that you should go with a 780 for the resolution of 2 1440p screens. But if its the opposite and requires more GPU horsepower and nowhere near 2GB of VRAM, then 770 SLI is logically the correct choice.
Check out this thread
for 780 reviews and numbers at 1440p in games. Check out this thread
for 770 SLI numbers compared to 780 numbers.
MSI has released these 780s
so far, and are about to release the 780 lightning on the 7th of August.
As for my personal recommendation about an Nvidia GPU for gaming, I cannot recommend anything other than a 780 right now. I'd much rather have an overclocked 780 with slightly lower number of frames than a 770 SLI with VRAM limitations and SLI hassles. I speak from my experience with my Titan, and it has been absolutely amazing so far for me.
Also, if you are open to using AMD GPUs and waiting a few months, 9970s are supposed to come out in October. As far as AMD goes, they'll probably price their cards lower than 780s with comparable performance.