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I'm having trouble picking a gpu while waiting for volta. Seeing how this can take a couple of years, I can't decide on whether 3gbs of vram will be sufficient for such a long stretch (I'm using and will be using a 1080p 144hz gsync monitor).
I was just about to order some 290xs but then I found out about the upcoming 6gb TIs and it got me thinking. Let's get something clear, I already own a TI and I am loving it, no problems whatsoever. The vram usage is however a bit worrying, when for example running bf4 - worrying as in : if it now uses up upwards of 2gb @ 1080p, how long is the card going to "last" ? Is the Industry moving towards massive - compared to current "mainstream" cards - amounts of vram (8gb on the 290x by sapphire, 6gb versions of the 780 and ti) just because higher resolutions are becoming more popular or are games becoming more demanding even for lower resolutions?
Taking all that into consideration when planning the new system, I also considered getting 2 titan blacks. But while it is still within by budget, I cannot justify the price difference between them and say a ti classy sli. The price premium for the extra vram is just too high. Is there any compelling reason to go for the blacks? Or should I stick with 2 tis? Seeing how maxwell is probably coming out late 2014/ 2015 I would rather build a system now and upgrade when volta hits.
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If you have a G-SYNC monitor, it would make sense to buy a G-SYNC compatible GPU such as a Nvidia GTX 700 series card. Since you already have a 780 Ti, you can either stick with that single card or buy another one for SLI. You'll never need 6GB of VRAM unless you go with 3 displays and max out forced AA in heavy VRAM dependant titles.
Also, what do you mean by Volta?
Edited by BradleyW - 4/7/14 at 9:47am
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Thanks, that's what I thought! I keep reading around and people tend to go crazy about how much vram is actually needed. smile.gif I messed up with volta, it was supposed to be the next gen succeeding maxwell but now I see they added pascal inbetween smile.gif
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