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GPU Upgrade: GTX 780 - how much of a difference between 3GB and 6GB?

#11ClouddxPosted 7/27/2014 2:21:12 PM
k debonair posted...
as an owner of the 3gb 780, I say go for the 6gb.

newer games at 1920x1200 with graphical mods sometimes max out my vram, and skyrim regularly maxes the vram, resulting in crashes.

IMO, it's not a dealbreaker, but something to be aware of.


Maxing out VRAM will never result in a game crashing, there's something wrong on your end.
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#12k debonairPosted 7/27/2014 2:29:06 PM
Clouddx posted...

Maxing out VRAM will never result in a game crashing, there's something wrong on your end.

skyrim does because its memory allocation is broken, and this is a well-documented problem. there's some obse mods that greatly reduce how often the crashes happen, but it still happens from time to time.

Also, I'm using 4k textures on just about everything from armor to torches, and ugrids=7. my typical vram usage hovers between 2600 and 2900mb.
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#13PsythikPosted 7/27/2014 3:07:58 PM
The 1 or maybe two FPS you'll gain (if you're lucky) in 99.9999% of titles isn't worth the extra money. It's better spent on a faster CPU instead.

The 4K point is moot since there currently isn't a single GPU in existence that can handle modern titles at that resolution.
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#14robert022614Posted 7/27/2014 3:30:56 PM
Clouddx posted...
k debonair posted...
as an owner of the 3gb 780, I say go for the 6gb.

newer games at 1920x1200 with graphical mods sometimes max out my vram, and skyrim regularly maxes the vram, resulting in crashes.

IMO, it's not a dealbreaker, but something to be aware of.


Maxing out VRAM will never result in a game crashing, there's something wrong on your end.


watchdogs crashed when the memory maxed out on my 780ti and that game is masterfully optimized.
#15ClouddxPosted 7/27/2014 3:33:01 PM
robert022614 posted...
Clouddx posted...
k debonair posted...
as an owner of the 3gb 780, I say go for the 6gb.

newer games at 1920x1200 with graphical mods sometimes max out my vram, and skyrim regularly maxes the vram, resulting in crashes.

IMO, it's not a dealbreaker, but something to be aware of.


Maxing out VRAM will never result in a game crashing, there's something wrong on your end.


watchdogs crashed when the memory maxed out on my 780ti and that game is masterfully optimized.

I maxed out watch dogs on my 770 GTX 2gb and it didn't crash, but it did give me some bad stuttering which was fixed with a mod.
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#16robert022614Posted 7/27/2014 3:40:40 PM
Clouddx posted...
robert022614 posted...
Clouddx posted...
k debonair posted...
as an owner of the 3gb 780, I say go for the 6gb.

newer games at 1920x1200 with graphical mods sometimes max out my vram, and skyrim regularly maxes the vram, resulting in crashes.

IMO, it's not a dealbreaker, but something to be aware of.


Maxing out VRAM will never result in a game crashing, there's something wrong on your end.


watchdogs crashed when the memory maxed out on my 780ti and that game is masterfully optimized.

I maxed out watch dogs on my 770 GTX 2gb and it didn't crash, but it did give me some bad stuttering which was fixed with a mod.


sorry i use a 1440p monitor
#17ClouddxPosted 7/27/2014 3:43:40 PM(edited)
robert022614 posted...
Clouddx posted...
robert022614 posted...
Clouddx posted...
k debonair posted...
as an owner of the 3gb 780, I say go for the 6gb.

newer games at 1920x1200 with graphical mods sometimes max out my vram, and skyrim regularly maxes the vram, resulting in crashes.

IMO, it's not a dealbreaker, but something to be aware of.


Maxing out VRAM will never result in a game crashing, there's something wrong on your end.


watchdogs crashed when the memory maxed out on my 780ti and that game is masterfully optimized.

I maxed out watch dogs on my 770 GTX 2gb and it didn't crash, but it did give me some bad stuttering which was fixed with a mod.


sorry i use a 1440p monitor


That's exponentially more VRAM intense than 1920x1200. And I doubt it was the VRAM usage that caused the crash as Watch_Dogs despite what you believe is a pretty horribly optimized piece of a game.

If you max out VRAM it just dumps the memory into your system memory hence the appearance of stuttering.
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#18robert022614Posted 7/27/2014 3:55:49 PM
yea was kidding about the optimization thing, but your prolly right.
#19AlesandrosPosted 7/27/2014 4:09:11 PM
Pepys Monster posted...
k debonair posted...
as an owner of the 3gb 780, I say go for the 6gb.

newer games at 1920x1200 with graphical mods sometimes max out my vram, and skyrim regularly maxes the vram, resulting in crashes.

IMO, it's not a dealbreaker, but something to be aware of.

I don't know what you're talking about. I have a 3GB 780 and play at 1920x1200 and use the official high resolution texture pack and have zero issues.


We're talking about 2k and 4k texture mods and an ENB... Bethesda's high-res DLC is a joke compared to what some modders have created.
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#20AlesandrosPosted 7/27/2014 4:11:12 PM
If you're most definitely going to get the 780... there is no reason not to get the 6gb EVGA version... hell, slap in another 6gb 780 in SLI and be fine for ultra @1200p and 1440p for a few years
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