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  • 33% (6)
    Get a second GTX 580
  • 66% (12)
    Upgrade to GTX 760/770
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post #21 of 28
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Originally Posted by tibor28 View Post

Thanks to everyone for suggestions. I have decided that I will sell my GTX 580, buy a single GTX 760 right now and then in a month or two I will buy a second one. However, since I want to run 2 GTX 760s in SLI I am really considering going for the 4gb version. It costs $50 more but I fear that the 2gb version could bottleneck the performance of the SLI setup in VRAM-intensive games such as heavily modded Skyrim with high-res texture pack or Crysis 3. Even If 2gb would turn out to be fine for most current games, I really want to keep these cards for at least two years and I think that having 4gb of VRAM will be more future-proof.

What do you think guys, does it make sense to go for the 4gb GTX 760 if I want to run 2 of them in SLI?

NO.... You will run out of raw GPU power before you run out of V-ram. Skyrim might be an exception, and i ONLY say this because i do not have that much experience with modding it (I don't play those type of games) tongue.gif
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post #22 of 28
Even at 1080p, Skyrim Legendary Edition with its beth's hi-res texture will crush that 1.5GB Vram in a sec or two. If you're planning to play that kind of game then pick one with at least 3GB Vram.
   
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Originally Posted by tibor28 View Post

Thanks to everyone for suggestions. I have decided that I will sell my GTX 580, buy a single GTX 760 right now and then in a month or two I will buy a second one. However, since I want to run 2 GTX 760s in SLI I am really considering going for the 4gb version. It costs $50 more but I fear that the 2gb version could bottleneck the performance of the SLI setup in VRAM-intensive games such as heavily modded Skyrim with high-res texture pack or Crysis 3. Even If 2gb would turn out to be fine for most current games, I really want to keep these cards for at least two years and I think that having 4gb of VRAM will be more future-proof.

What do you think guys, does it make sense to go for the 4gb GTX 760 if I want to run 2 of them in SLI?

If you have modded Skyrim with too many texture mods, you can easily hit 2 GB VRAM wall.
With so many texture mods my GTX 670 2 GB used to hit the VRAM limit quite frequently and that resulted in stutter, now with my 7950 3 GB it plays much better.
In that case the GTX 760 4 GB > GTX 760 2 GB, not in terms of performance but the experience will be better, as the 2 GB GTX 770 will run out of VRAM and the game will become a stuttery mess.
In Crysis 3 2 GB should be fine I think but only in Skyrim 2 GB is not enough as that can be reached easily with too many 4K or 8K texture mods.
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What do you think guys, does it make sense to go for the 4gb GTX 760 if I want to run 2 of them in SLI?
Yes. Depending on the game you might or might not run of horsepower before VRAM limit, a lot of people think you will always run out of VRAM before horsepower but this is a fallacy. I bet the GTX 760 4 GB might hold more future proof than GTX 770 2 GB, as when the GPU becomes old and you have to turn settings down, you can find another 4 GB GTX 760 out of cheap to play at higher settings. But the same can't be said about GTX 770 2 GB, you might end up with the same fate as your current GTX 580 1.5 GB, you have no other choice but to sell it because your 2 GB VRAM hit very often.
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post #24 of 28
I say you should wait another month and get yourself a 780 if that's the case(I didnt know you would sli so soon) since the 760 isn't going to come down a lot in that little amount of time. 780 is the way to go and when (if) its ever a bottleneck you can pick a second one up for probably haft price of ebay from some guy the newest/greatest bug.2cents.gif
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post #25 of 28
If you can get it cheap, then yes. For example I got a 580 the other day for £90, now on the hunt for another.
post #26 of 28
580 is about equal to a 660 so unless you can get it for under 180 dollars i would upgrade
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It's ironic with every generation when I see posts of people advocating to buy one card and keep the option open for SLI/Crossfire within a few years; but then when the new generation arrives, the common wisdom changes to upgrade to the newest thing and forget the multi-GPU route. poke.gif

My perspective is this:
  • If you are earnest about a multi-GPU setup comprised of mainstream cards, you should always do it up front and buy all cards at or around the same time frame. Life has an inconvenient way of just... getting in the way - especially since it's impossible to account for what might happen 2 months down the road and beyond.
  • If you aren't 100% committed to multi-GPU, then always buy the fastest single card that you can reasonably afford. In your case, if it happens to be the 770, a brilliant alternative that someone else mentioned above is to look at used 680's to save some money, but have virtually the same performance.
  • If you can wait a little longer, and save a little more, see what the upcoming AMD cards will bring to the table. In the worst case scenario, you wait a little longer but saved a little more to hopefully have the money to get an even better card (780), but on the flip side, perhaps prices may come down on them as well, as a direct result.
     
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post #28 of 28
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It's ironic with every generation when I see posts of people advocating to buy one card and keep the option open for SLI/Crossfire within a few years; but then when the new generation arrives, the common wisdom changes to upgrade to the newest thing and forget the multi-GPU route. poke.gif

My perspective is this:
  • If you are earnest about a multi-GPU setup comprised of mainstream cards, you should always do it up front and buy all cards at or around the same time frame. Life has an inconvenient way of just... getting in the way - especially since it's impossible to account for what might happen 2 months down the road and beyond.
  • If you aren't 100% committed to multi-GPU, then always buy the fastest single card that you can reasonably afford. In your case, if it happens to be the 770, a brilliant alternative that someone else mentioned above is to look at used 680's to save some money, but have virtually the same performance.
  • If you can wait a little longer, and save a little more, see what the upcoming AMD cards will bring to the table. In the worst case scenario, you wait a little longer but saved a little more to hopefully have the money to get an even better card (780), but on the flip side, perhaps prices may come down on them as well, as a direct result.

LOL, I may be one of those peoples your talking about tongue.gif This thread is me a few months back, and a year or so before my plan was to sli my 580. The 1.5gb vram killed that dream, upgrade was my only option. If your planning on one card to start and sli later then get the best card you can afford, don't got cheap and try to save a few bucks like me, it will only cost you more later.
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