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#11skillfactor(Topic Creator)Posted 12/6/2013 2:04:39 PM(edited)
Brainhunter posted...
GTX 770 4GB cannot use its high memory to its full ability due to the bandwidth constraints imposed by its bus width. It's more ideal in SLI at 1440P, but at 1080P, a GTX 770 2GB is sufficient, and 4GB will show little to no improvement.

GTX 770 is really the best Nvidia GPU for 1080P gaming: everything over it is to address better AA / higher resolutions over 1080P. I have one myself. As soon as the Nvidia GSYNC monitors are released in a 1440P format, a better-priced GPU for 1440P gaming would be on the market, or I could SLI the GTX 770.


Very informative and cost saving post. Can you link me to the exact evga card that you bought? Thank you
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#12BrainhunterPosted 12/6/2013 2:18:53 PM
skillfactor posted...
Brainhunter posted...
GTX 770 4GB cannot use its high memory to its full ability due to the bandwidth constraints imposed by its bus width. It's more ideal in SLI at 1440P, but at 1080P, a GTX 770 2GB is sufficient, and 4GB will show little to no improvement.

GTX 770 is really the best Nvidia GPU for 1080P gaming: everything over it is to address better AA / higher resolutions over 1080P. I have one myself. As soon as the Nvidia GSYNC monitors are released in a 1440P format, a better-priced GPU for 1440P gaming would be on the market, or I could SLI the GTX 770.


Very informative and cost saving post. Can you link me to the exact evga card that you bought? Thank you


I purchased mine at NCIX in Canada for around $325 before taxes, so if you live in the US, chances are you can find it for even cheaper.

The exact model is the EVGA GTX 770 with ACX cooler. It is the standard, non-factory-overclocked model, which I proceeded to overclock manually to a "Classified" level, saving on cost (upped the core clock from 1046MHz to 1156MHz, didn't even touch the memory clock).

The model is listed here: http://www.evga.com/Products/Product.aspx?pn=02G-P4-2773-KR

You should be able to find it for around $300-$320. Keep an eye out for sales and mail-in rebates that lower the price further. Also includes AC4 Black Flag, Splinter Cell Blacklist and Batman Arkham Origins, if you don't own these already.
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#13BrainhunterPosted 12/6/2013 2:33:36 PM(edited)
I should add that going from a Crossfired HD6970 setup to a single GTX 770 solution might not yield much gain, unless you intend to SLI the Nvidia GPU to replace your current AMD Crossfire setup.

You will experience a a great reduction / complete elimination of microstutter, however, if you go from AMD Crossfire to a single GPU solution.

People mention a Crossfire HD6970 is roughly the equivalent of a GTX680. A GTX770 is slightly more powerful than a GTX680 and more power-efficient, so going SLI with it in the near future is definitely an option for you (though you won't need to SLI it immediately as it is plenty powerful enough as it is at 1080P, as long as you don't go crazy with AA or other ultra settings).

For example, my GTX 770 is running the cross-generational title AC4 Black Flag at 1080P with SweetFX SMAA (a harder FPS hit than the in-game FXAA or SMAA,, which I've disabled), Very High Shadows, Very High Environment Detail, HBAO+, and everything else to High/Ultra. On seas, I maintain a steady 60FPS, and in heavily forested regions where a lot of real-time shadows and tessellation occurs, it drops to around 42FPS-ish (smooth enough for me, and well above 30FPS).

Also to note, the game is more CPU bound than GPU bound, so the GPU is more than powerful enough, really.
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