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VRAM question

#1mrtywerPosted 8/18/2014 11:39:15 PM
I'm looking at 770's to replace the 260x I've currently got. Do you guys think that, with a 770, I'm going to notice a difference with a 4GB model over a 2GB model? I know the bus isn't the best (256-bit), but it might be nice in VRAM hungry games (like modded Skyrim) to have the extra headroom. What do you guys think?
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#2SnadadosPosted 8/19/2014 12:15:50 AM
Don't buy a 700 series card right now.
800 series may be releasing as soon as September.
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#3mrtywer(Topic Creator)Posted 8/19/2014 12:56:36 AM
Unless you have some sort of magical source that tells you that I can get an 870 in September for sub-$400, cost-wise a 700 series is where I'm at :/
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#4Sora_AnbuPosted 8/19/2014 12:57:15 AM
Why not wait, prices will drop.
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#5mrtywer(Topic Creator)Posted 8/19/2014 1:00:49 AM
Sora_Anbu posted...
Why not wait, prices will drop.


I probably will. Isn't the word on the street that the 800 series will be like, 10-15% more powerful than the 700's, if that? I'm just trying to narrow down a particular model so I have a target to aim for.
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#6SinisterSlayPosted 8/19/2014 5:20:40 AM
The answer to your question though, yes the extra vram is worth it if one of your big games is Skyrim with mods.
I've already hit the wall on my 3gig 560m and need more.
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#7KaiserWarriorPosted 8/19/2014 5:24:26 AM
VRAM will affect you most when dealing with very high resolutions (4K gaming), or insanely heavy textures (very heavily modded Bethesda games).
#8wildog2006Posted 8/19/2014 9:09:46 AM
The games that actually use more than 2-3GB of VRAM are few and far between, but when you come across one that does it definitely justifies the added expense. I had no stuttering on Watch Dogs, using a 4GB 670 and a 3770k, while there were people with beefier rigs that could hardly play it. I checked my VRAM usage, it was at 3.9GB.

Skyrim and Bioshock Infinite are two other games I've seen go above 2GB usage. Bioshock it was like 2.5GB, so not really anything major there. But for modded Skyrim, definitely try to get a 4GB card.

Plus, with the consoles using 8GB of unified RAM, there is a much higher chance of actually utilizing the 4GB of dedicated VRAM available once more multiplatform games come out.
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#9QuestofChosenPosted 8/19/2014 9:24:15 AM
Since you currently have a 260x I would wait for the 800 series.
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#10mrtywer(Topic Creator)Posted 8/19/2014 8:43:17 PM
QuestofChosen posted...
Since you currently have a 260x I would wait for the 800 series.


I'll probably get an evga 770 4g and use step up if necessary.
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