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System specs in sig, currently running a single GTX 760 2GB

I was really really really really disappointed to see 3GB VRAM as recommended for Battlefield 4. Devastated. As I don't want to get into surround issues, I was actually looking into getting a nice big 1440p monitor maybe!

But thats another issue. Lets still think of 1080p for now.

With only a 2GB VRAM, I feel like it will choke with all the new games.


Let me present to you a couple of potential situations

Situation 1: A Dream
-It is late October 2013, I just finished downloading Battlefield 4. I kick it up and I am getting 60FPS at a mix of high and max settings at 1920x1080. No point in upgrading, super happy

Situation 2: More likely
-It is late October 2013, I just finished downloading Battlefield 4. I kick it up and I am getting less than 50FPS at a mix of high and max settings at 1920x1080. Angry. Should I:
a. get a second GTX 760 2GB for SLI
b. Tone down settings and wait for Maxwell
c. Get an AMD card
d. Get a GTX 780 / Titan / best single card performer with large VRAM at the time

Thinking long term:
-Not likely to change motherboard/cpu/chipset until Haswell-E. Means I'm capped at two-way SLI at x8/x8 (GA-Z77X-D3H rev 1.0 motherboard)
-Might make a jump to 1440p/1600p later

Also take into account: If I replace my GTX 760, I really have no way of selling it used in my city or anything.


Thoughts?
post #2 of 8
Would it hurt to wait and see how it performs when BF4 actually comes out?

From that point you can then reach a decision easier.

If you cant sell then maybe getting a second 760 wouldn't be as wasteful as ditching your 760 and getting a 780 or above.
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I can't tell if you know this or not, so I have to go ahead and say it: having two GTX 760 2GB cards in SLI is still only going to result in a 2GB memory capacity, not 4.

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Originally Posted by TwoCables View Post

I can't tell if you know this or not, so I have to go ahead and say it: having two GTX 760 2GB cards in SLI is still only going to result in a 2GB memory capacity, not 4.
Of course I know that. Sorry, I should've made that clearer. That's why I was proposing a single card solution upgrade. Because SLI 760 = more raw power but limited by 2GB VRAM unlike a GTX 780 for example

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Would it hurt to wait and see how it performs when BF4 actually comes out?

From that point you can then reach a decision easier.

If you cant sell then maybe getting a second 760 wouldn't be as wasteful as ditching your 760 and getting a 780 or above.

Yeah, youre right. Waiting just sucks. I haven't seen any recent benchmarks of BF4. The early ones were really off-putting.
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Of course I know that. Sorry, I should've made that clearer. That's why I was proposing a single card solution upgrade. Because SLI 760 = more raw power but limited by 2GB VRAM unlike a GTX 780 for example

 

Ok, I just wanted to make sure. Like I said, there was no solid evidence for me to go by that told me that you know this.

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Of course I know that. Sorry, I should've made that clearer. That's why I was proposing a single card solution upgrade. Because SLI 760 = more raw power but limited by 2GB VRAM unlike a GTX 780 for example
Yeah, youre right. Waiting just sucks. I haven't seen any recent benchmarks of BF4. The early ones were really off-putting.

How true is the extent of that much vram being used in BF4, will it be anywhere near 3gb?
I have been let down many times by "Recommended" pc requirements on multiple games.
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I would only worry about having that 3gb if trying to do surround. I've only hit 2gb on my card once and that was in Crysis 2 on max settings at 5960x1080. 2GB will be just fine for a single monitor, even if it is 1440p.
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How true is the extent of that much vram being used in BF4, will it be anywhere near 3gb?
I have been let down many times by "Recommended" pc requirements on multiple games.

 

So have I. For example, Crysis 2's recommended system specifications included 8 GB of system memory if I wanted to use DX 11 and have everything set to Ultra using the High-Res Texture Pack. So, I bought 8 GB of memory. Well, unfortunately my memory usage never went over 2.5 GB. Ever.

 

I know that this is different from VRAM, but still.

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