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Hey guys,

So it turns out my card probably had a faulty chip, it kept crashing on benchmarks and normal gameplay in 3 different systems with 3 different configurations, so it's currently in RMA. They already said I could replace it or get my money back if it indeed checks out to be a faulty chip. (The clerk already told me it was a known issue with the 780Ti's from Gigabyte but that they simply have to do the proper procedure to avoid getting into trouble themselves)

So the question remains, what do to from this point on. As it turns out, my faith in Gigabyte is kind of gone after having a motherboard dying on me (990FXA-UD5) and now this 780Ti as well. I might just have bad luck with them, but I'm not quite ready to take the chance yet again. Which brings me to the following questions:

1. Is this just an isolated Gigabyte card problem? Or is this happening throughout all 780's and Ti's? (I found 7 unique people complaining about Gigabyte 780's, and 780Ti's showing artifacts and crashing at stock clocks)

2. Seeing as Sapphire is going to release their 8GB variant of the 290x soon, and I'm going to play on 5760x1080 in the very near future, would it be better to wait for one of those or get a different brand of 780Ti? (I'm not expecting ANY increase of the 4GB extra on the current 1080p setup I have running)

3. If it is just the Gigabyte cards acting up, and the 8GB on the 290x won't really be worth it, what version of the 780Ti should I get? I'm aiming at STOCK clocks as I hate instability in my system.

Thanks ahead for your time.
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Get a sapphire 290X Tri-x OC. You won't be disappointed. Two should be plenty for eyefinity.
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Sapphire has an amazing reputation, and AMD Radeon GPUs perform better at higher resolutions and are better at Eyefinity/multiscreening.

I would personally suggest the R9 290X if you think the 8GB VRAM variant is worth it.
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single 780ti or single 290x will choke delivering playable enjoyable frame before 3gb vram for resolution and eye candy will ever get used up.

if 8gb vram rocks your world. and you "want" one. by all means get one. after all this is overkill.net.
as for - do you will "need" it - no way. even 290x quad fire be hard pressed in delivering playable enjoyable frame exceeding 8gb vram of resolution and eye candy.

bf4 with ultra setting at 1080p surround barely break 3.4gb vram. and this is cache vram. as for actual ram usage. it is 2.4gb vram.



evga is the recommended nvidia brand. just like sappahire for radeon.
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Get a sapphire 290X Tri-x OC. You won't be disappointed. Two should be plenty for eyefinity.

Too bad the card is ugly as hell, haha. Then again, performance > aesthetics. I've indeed read the most impressive reviews about the Sapphire one though.
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Sapphire has an amazing reputation, and AMD Radeon GPUs perform better at higher resolutions and are better at Eyefinity/multiscreening.

I would personally suggest the R9 290X if you think the 8GB VRAM variant is worth it.

Weird thing is, while the scaling of 290x Crossfire seems to beat SLi performance of the 780Ti, in single card performance it seems to beat the 290x in 60-70% of the cases. I'm wondering if improved SLi profiles would eventually end up giving Nvidia the upper hand?

Also, I'm not sure if 8GB VRAM is worth it for a triple monitor setup. 4 already seems excessive. I hope anyone knows how much of a difference it actually makes.

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single 780ti or single 290x will choke delivering playable enjoyable frame before 3gb vram for resolution and eye candy will ever get used up.

if 8gb vram rocks your world. and you "want" one. by all means get one. after all this is overkill.net.
as for - do you will "need" it - no way. even 290x quad fire be hard pressed in delivering playable enjoyable frame exceeding 8gb vram of resolution and eye candy.

bf4 with ultra setting at 1080p surround barely break 3.4gb vram. and this is cache vram. as for actual ram usage. it is 2.4gb vram.



evga is the recommended nvidia brand. just like sappahire for radeon.

I'm fully aware about the choking part. Hence why I keep my 2 other monitors in their box for now until I can SLi/CF the card. Seeing as I still want SOME eyecandy as well as 60-ish fps on the 5760x1080 resolution. I'm not expecting Crysis 3 to run on maxed out settings across three monitors, but some eyecandy should be able to be enabled. The question is, will the 8GB version allow for that, or will it make next to no difference?



I know in raw specifications, 8GB looks really nice, but is the GPU capable of using that full 8GB, or will it be like the 760 4GB where the GPU is simply not strong enough to fully use the 4GB.
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the issue with that rez is you'll definitely use some AA and definitely don't want 3GB. you know that 8GB card will be ridiculously priced, right?
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The pricing will most likely be around 100-200 euros more than what is currently available. Over here in The Netherlands all 290x' are still way cheap for some odd reason (I won't complain) so that means that in general I will only be paying a bit more than the 780Ti's currently worth.

The Sapphire 290x is currently at 490 Euros, while the Gigabyte 780Ti is at 620 over here.
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Small update. All 780Ti's were out-of-stock aside from another gigabyte one. So I opted to go with the Sapphire 290x Tri-X - OC Edition and getting 100 euros back from the company. This was done with CF in mind. A ton of Benchmarks show that once you go to 5760x1080p, with CF 290x' it performs better overall compared to SLi'd 780Ti's. I'd like to thank everyone for their time and help on making this decision.
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bear in mind those benchmarks. the 290x are at a "jet engine heater" level (aka uber) while the 780ti is at a normal level. to even the playing field. boost the 780ti to the same level and 780ti will walk all over 290x.

as for eyefinity/surround. also keep in mind that memory interface (384bit vs 256bit) means nothing without considering memory speed. at 1080p surround. the bottle neck gets shifted back to the gpu (unless you planning to run tri/quad). so memory bandwidth is moot.

only thing 290x have going on is that larger 1gb extra vram. sadly 3gb is not quite enough for bf4 "for" allocated vram usage. can only imagine future games.

given that said. pick your choice of poison. neither is perfect.

..

top runner up is titan and especially titan black (best of 780ti n titan). sadly the value on those is simple stupid. especially the black.

again. pick your choice of poison.

..

there is a valid reason why the 290x is 100euro less than the 780ti. cause most times you do get what you pay for.
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bear in mind those benchmarks. the 290x are at a "jet engine heater" level (aka uber) while the 780ti is at a normal level. to even the playing field. boost the 780ti to the same level and 780ti will walk all over 290x.

as for eyefinity/surround. also keep in mind that memory interface (384bit vs 256bit) means nothing without considering memory speed. at 1080p surround. the bottle neck gets shifted back to the gpu (unless you planning to run tri/quad). so memory bandwidth is moot.

only thing 290x have going on is that larger 1gb extra vram. sadly 3gb is not quite enough for bf4 "for" allocated vram usage. can only imagine future games.

given that said. pick your choice of poison. neither is perfect.

..

top runner up is titan and especially titan black (best of 780ti n titan). sadly the value on those is simple stupid. especially the black.

again. pick your choice of poison.

..

there is a valid reason why the 290x is 100euro less than the 780ti. cause most times you do get what you pay for.

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