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Should I buy GTX 770 with 4Gb or with 2Gb? $100 price difference.

#11ShubPosted 5/10/2014 5:12:06 PM
Yeah, an R9 290 is better than a GTX 770.
And yeah, R9 290 and R9 290X run hot but the ones with a good aftermarket cooler are perfectly fine.

This is a reference cooler: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131544
(= bad, in this case)

This is an aftermarket cooler: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gigabyte-video-card-gvr929oc4gd
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#12Chanfan02(Topic Creator)Posted 5/10/2014 5:14:34 PM
HamJabroni posted...
Chanfan02 posted...
Shub posted...
Not worth the $100. If you're gonna spend $400 and want a 4 GB card you might as well get an R9 290.


That one out performs the gtx 770 correct? I heard there were maybe some heating issues with the 290s though, that true?

They just run hotter than the 770s. Look at some benchmarks


Alright I'll look some up. I'm thinking of just going with the PNY GTX 770 because it saves me $100+ dollars and the more I save the better. As long as this card can still perform the top games at max settings I will be satisfied.
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#13AppleJeZusPosted 5/10/2014 5:14:58 PM
The only time you'll need more than 2gb of video memory is with heavy graphics mods and enbs in skyrim and the like
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#14SnadadosPosted 5/10/2014 5:18:22 PM
PNY is a solid brand from what I've heard.
The only reason more people don't buy from them it seems is because they don't advertise much nor make some flashy mega over clocking variant that the tech site like to cream all over.
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#15Chanfan02(Topic Creator)Posted 5/10/2014 5:18:41 PM
AppleJeZus posted...
The only time you'll need more than 2gb of video memory is with heavy graphics mods and enbs in skyrim and the like


OK so I won't need it as much to play BF4 or newer games at max settings?
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#16Chanfan02(Topic Creator)Posted 5/10/2014 5:20:02 PM
Snadados posted...
PNY is a solid brand from what I've heard.
The only reason more people don't buy from them it seems is because they don't advertise much nor make some flashy mega over clocking variant that the tech site like to cream all over.


This card has a 4 star rating on Newegg and a 4.5 star rating on amazon. I think it is the reference version though, which some people say aren't as good. Not sure if that is true or not.
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#17ShubPosted 5/10/2014 5:21:44 PM
There's nothing wrong per se with a reference card, just sometimes the cooling is inadequate, such as with the R9 290/290X. On a GTX 770, it's not an issue.
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#18Chanfan02(Topic Creator)Posted 5/10/2014 5:23:45 PM
Shub posted...
There's nothing wrong per se with a reference card, just sometimes the cooling is inadequate, such as with the R9 290/290X. On a GTX 770, it's not an issue.


Alright thanks.
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#19ShubPosted 5/10/2014 5:27:15 PM
In some cases you actually want a reference cooler, such as when you're using multiple cards in one system. The way a reference cooler is designed is to suck cool air from the front of the case through the blower-type fan, then the air is funneled through the card's heat sink over its entire length and then expelled out of the back of the PC's case, which means you have less heat escaping the casing and giving the neighbor card heat issues. Downside: they're noisier.

Aftermarket coolers have fans pushing air away from the card and typically downward toward the card below, resulting in a top card running at a normal temperature, and a bottom card running hotter than it ought to.
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