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Upgrading from 680 SLI for 1440p Next Gen Gaming.

Poll Results: Which card should I upgrade to from my 680 SLI setup for 1440p gaming.

 
  • 14% (1)
    Just get the 2x 770 4GB Setup, thats plenty of power to take you through next gen with a single 1440p monitor.
  • 14% (1)
    Get 1 780 and save up for a second...better safe than sorry.
  • 71% (5)
    Just keep the 680s and save your money, the whole VRAM 1440p argument is overblown and you will be more than fine next gen.
  • 0% (0)
    GET A TITAN YOU FOOL ITS ONLY MONEY, SELL A KIDNEY IF YOU MUST.
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post #1 of 5
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Hey everyone just looking for some advice on my upgrade path. I'm noticing my Vram limitations already with 2x 680s SLI @ 1440p and am looking to upgrade.

I was originally thinking of getting a 780 and just saving up some money for an SLI 780 setup down the road. Problem is there are a lot of good pc games coming out in the next few months (AC4, BF4, COD, Watch Dogs, Titanfall, etc etc) and I really dont want to "upgrade" to a 780 and see a performance loss from my 680s for those games.

So I also had the though of getting 2x 770 4gb cards (since they are a little cheaper I could probably get those right away)...so then i'd get the higher Vram for my rez and also an upgrade in performance over the 680s.

So basically the choice is 770 4gb 2xSLI for immediate results but less future proof or one 780 for a performance hit but a uber system once I save up enough for the second one...

what do you all think?

FYI The poll above perfectly reflects my internal monologue.
Edited by cryfreedom66 - 10/18/13 at 9:39am
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Keep your money. VRAM usage reported by GPU monitors and actual usage always vary. My 7950 was apparently using 3GB of its VRAM for Arkham City, then I tried with a 670, it reported 2GB. Get the monitor first, play some games and if it hits the limit and flatlines, upgrade.

680's are a very nice solution and a powerful combination. Not to mention they're very expensive and have poor resale value because there are so many better options out there. Keep them. Don't get dragged in the whole VRAM BS. 3GB is plenty to run 4K, 2GB is certainly enough to run 1440p.

http://hexus.net/tech/reviews/displays/57849-asus-pq321q-4k-gaming-tried-tested/?page=7

Here you have framebuffer usage at 4K resolutions. 2GB isn't quite enough for 4K but it's definitely enough for 1440p. Look around online, you can see many Crysis 3 reviews with 2GB cards at 1440p and 8x MSAA and none of them has a VRAM bottleneck.
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mine work fine. so you should be good.
i have been reading about it all and i don't see the point unless you want the new stuff.
 
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post #4 of 5
So, the obvious answer would be save up, don't worry about upgrading. A 680 will be fine for 1440. Every benchmark I've seen shows little/no/negative gains when comparing higher VRAM after a point. I'm not going to link them because I'm sure we have all seen them.

If you MUST upgrade, I would say go 780 and save up for a second, because you kind of seem like that type of person to me. 770s will be perfect for you, but you want the best of the best don't you? I thought so. I'm this type of person as well... but I'm married, so it is hard to justify a grand for a single GPU.

If I may ask, any reason you aren't considering AMD? They are the bee's knees at the moment.

EDIT: Actually, I may post benchmarks if I can find them. You say that you are "Already noticing" a problem with VRAM... But do you just notice you vram being used at near 100%? That doesn't show any type of VRAM issue. A video game will use up as much as it possibly can, even if it doesn't need nearly that amount. I'll post a bench if no one beats me to it.

This is showing 1920 performance with almost no gains what-so-ever. I'm trying to find a review/bench for 1440.. grrr
http://alienbabeltech.com/main/gtx-770-4gb-vs-2gb-tested/3/
Edited by Bridden - 10/18/13 at 10:31am
post #5 of 5
Keep your money. VRAM is just a "boogy man in the closet" kind of argument. Keep your setup until you know for sure that you are being performance limited in a game by vram. As of now, I don't believe that would happen except perhaps in very heavily modded Skyrim.

Always remember, how much VRAM a game will fill up =/= how much VRAM that game needs for optimum performance.
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