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Questions about two GTX 760 (2gb) SLI vs GTX 770 (4gb) single card vs ????

#1NicodimusPosted 8/24/2013 8:16:00 PM
Background info: I have a single 1440p monitor and one GTX 760 (2gb) at the moment. I'm thinking about going with more powerful GPU options, but in researching which way would be the best way to go I'm seeing some things I'm a little wary of, so I'd hoped I could get some opinions here. I'm considering:

Option A: Buy a second 760 and run 2 of them in SLI - cost around $260

Option B: Sell the 760 and get a single 770 (4gb version.) - net cost around $270

Option C: ???? - net cost $300 or less


Option A seems like a good idea at first glance (Titan performance at half the price) but a couple of things are making me think twice about it.

-Micro-stutter. How bad/frequent is it?

-I hear that some games simply don't run with an SLI setup. How often do you run into this?

-Running out of VRAM on the next wave of games (two 2gb cards in SLI =\= having 4gb of VRAM.)

Option B wouldn't be much different in terms of price. The performance will definitely be a good bit lower than 2 SLI 760s, so it's a worse value playing current games, however in games that need more than 2gb of VRAM (thinking about the future here) it should keep up better. There's also no micro-stutter and SLI compatibility to worry about, unless I wanted to get another 770 down the road, which would be even stronger than the two 760s.

Since I'm not buying any consoles this time around, I can justify beefing up my PC as my primary gaming machine. Which one would last longer into the future? Which way would you go?
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#2TheFeshPincePosted 8/24/2013 8:28:15 PM
I would SLI 760s.
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#3cuteboi100Posted 8/24/2013 8:29:47 PM
There's no real bang-for-buck gpu that could power a 1440p monitor at max everything with max post processing.

My 1440p monitor is on the way so I haven't tested this yet but I hear that post processing is not needed at that resolution because usually the image is so sharp already so you can turn postprocessing off to regain some lost performance due to 1440p.

I hear that 1080p with PP = 1440 without PP

I plan on holding onto my single 7950 to power the 1440p mon until newer cards come out.

I could throw in another 7950 for just $200 but that would freak me out because I realize my build would have a $500 graphics solution and I never spend that much on graphics on 1 build.
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#4TheFeshPincePosted 8/24/2013 8:31:54 PM
cuteboi100 posted...
There's no real bang-for-buck gpu that could power a 1440p monitor at max everything with max post processing.

My 1440p monitor is on the way so I haven't tested this yet but I hear that post processing is not needed at that resolution because usually the image is so sharp already so you can turn postprocessing off to regain some lost performance due to 1440p.

I hear that 1080p with PP = 1440 without PP

I plan on holding onto my single 7950 to power the 1440p mon until newer cards come out.

I could throw in another 7950 for just $200 but that would freak me out because I realize my build would have a $500 graphics solution and I never spend that much on graphics on 1 build.


Why would that freak you out? I don't get it.
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#5cuteboi100Posted 8/24/2013 8:34:02 PM
TheFeshPince posted...

Why would that freak you out? I don't get it.


Perhaps I'm just not hardcore enough.
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#6TheFeshPincePosted 8/24/2013 8:36:28 PM
cuteboi100 posted...
TheFeshPince posted...

Why would that freak you out? I don't get it.


Perhaps I'm just not hardcore enough.


That has nothing to do with anything. I shouldn't have asked.
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#7Nicodimus(Topic Creator)Posted 8/24/2013 8:48:55 PM
TheFeshPince posted...
I would SLI 760s.


OK, but what do you think about games that will call for more than 2gb of VRAM? Wouldn't they choke on the 760 SLI setup? I know having two 2gb cards isn't the same as having one 4gb card. This more than anything else is making me balk at doing the SLI thing.
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#8TheFeshPincePosted 8/24/2013 8:58:17 PM(edited)
Nicodimus posted...
TheFeshPince posted...
I would SLI 760s.


OK, but what do you think about games that will call for more than 2gb of VRAM? Wouldn't they choke on the 760 SLI setup? I know having two 2gb cards isn't the same as having one 4gb card. This more than anything else is making me balk at doing the SLI thing.


I really don't see this being an issue for a while. Honestly, though at 1440p you may want to consider switching to the 4gb card for now. I would do SLI cause I game at 1080p.
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#9DRAGON07891230Posted 8/24/2013 8:58:20 PM
Nicodimus posted...
TheFeshPince posted...
I would SLI 760s.


OK, but what do you think about games that will call for more than 2gb of VRAM? Wouldn't they choke on the 760 SLI setup? I know having two 2gb cards isn't the same as having one 4gb card. This more than anything else is making me balk at doing the SLI thing.


You can always turn down textures if need be.
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#10Master_BassPosted 8/24/2013 9:01:59 PM
cuteboi100 posted...
I could throw in another 7950 for just $200 but that would freak me out

You must be crying thinking of people who buy Titans, then. >_>
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