EVGA GTX 770 2gb or GTX 760 4gb

Andross64

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I'm building my first rig and (with future proofing as much as I can in mind) I am split between a nice 2gb or a cheaper 4gb I suppose. The core speeds are basically the same however the gtx770 has 400 more cuda cores BUT half the ram.

Games are JUST starting to make use of more than 2gb of vram on ultra (BF4 etc). I want to make sure that with all these new games being developed for consoles(they have 8 cores and 4gb+ vram right?) AND pc, I can run them on ultra without dipping below 60. Although unanswered, this post is a good example of whats going through my mind...
http://www.tomshardware.com/answers/id-1796670/4gb-vram-wasted-nvidia-gpus-ps4.html

As this is my first gpu purchase im wondering what the differences are, how I'm going to see those differences while gaming, and what is going to become obsolete first, less cores or less vram.


770 2gb
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130921

760 4gb
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130949&clickid=wjwx1USxwVZmWEeS91WAYTK4UkT1ct3lwQkhws0&iradid=97618&ircid=2106&irpid=79301&nm_mc=AFC-IR&cm_mmc=AFC-IR-_-na-_-na-_-na
(I'm also not super locked onto these specific cards, theyre just what ive currently been looking at)
 

Andross64

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I understand that right now...today, 2gb is enough. However with future proofing in mind and from what I've been reading, new games are right on the edge of this 2gb mark. In 6 months there will be more games like BF4 that are trying to utilize much more than 2

Perhaps 20% faster won't help if I find my vram bottle-necking because a game coming out at the end of 2014 wants to use 2.5 or 3?
^^I'd like to hear people's thoughts on this^^
 

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if you have a fast cpu and RAM , the data needed will be fast transferred through the pci-e slot . No problem . as if they are in the VRAM.

if you wish
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121837
 

Andross64

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Well this didn't really help as its just more people saying 2gb is fine for now. Again, I'm aware that this is fine right now however like I said i'm building this rig with next gen games in mind.

This article linked in that forum...
http://www.extremetech.com/gaming/170507-geforce-gtx-780-ti-nvidia-strikes-back-retaking-the-performance-crown-from-amd/2
shows how BF4 is pushing that 2gb limit even with regular ultra settings. DICE set the industry standard before with BF3 and it's done it again with BF4. If this is anything to go by, it seems more next gen games are going to push past 2gb vram and follow in its footsteps just like they did with BF3. Is this a fair assumption?
 

allocco91

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All things being equal, cards with more VRAM use more, and cards with less VRAM use less.

Yes, it is a fair assumption. Put it this way: I purchased an EAH4870 with 1GB of VRAM for 130 bucks about 3.5 years ago. 2GB was the new "future proof" memory standard, but I opted to save about 30-40 bucks and go with the 1GB version. Obviously this is on a much smaller scale, but it's the same idea. My video card's processor cores were the limiting factor when Crysis 2 came out about 2 years ago, not the memory that was on it. Even the first Crysis pooped on my GPU when I scaled the textures and AA relatively high, which is where the 3 and 4GB models are targeting.
 

whitecat

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if we decide between GTX 770 2GB and GTX 760 4GB - GTX 770 is better .Otherwise , what ? GTX 760 ? no, even with 4GB
 

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well maybe its worth looking at these?
*also I forgot to state that I'm not trying to overclock, some people assume everybody is.

PNY VCGGTX7704XPB-OC2 GeForce GTX 770 4GB 256-Bit $400
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=14-133-499&SortField=0&SummaryType=0&Pagesize=10&PurchaseMark=&SelectedRating=&VideoOnlyMark=False&VendorMark=&IsFeedbackTab=true&Keywords=%28keywords%29#scrollFullInfo

PNY VCGGTX7803XPB GeForce GTX 780 3GB 384-bit $480
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814133489
 

allocco91

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If you have the money, get the 780. Then, you'll be good for at least 2 years easily.
 

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