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Graphics Which VRAM/GPU for Ultra (minus super fancy stuff) + 1080pHD @ 30-45FPS for the next few years?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by oscy, 9 Aug 2019.

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Take yer pick

  1. 3GB

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  2. '3.5GB' (GTX 970)

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  3. 4GB

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  4. 6GB

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  5. 8GB

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  6. Results

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  1. oscy

    oscy Member

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    My 780 (3GB) is probably dead. It served me really well, only having to turn off the super fancy anti-aliasing, shadow, super resolution etc. settings and being able to play the rest on Ultra.

    But given that, and the aesthetically-pleasing likes of Cyberpunk (pre-ordered), Watch Dogs 3 (WD2 had its slowdown moments) and Star Citizen (coming in 2032 Q3), an upgrade was probably due anyway - just have to do it now instead of when the requirements are published.

    So I know it's all speculation really, but use your vast experience and knowledge!
     
  2. Osgeld

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    I dont know, my 3 gig card died last winter and it was replaced with a 4 gig card, pushing up some options already takes care of that ram so at least more than 4 IMO

    hopefully whatever you choose will last until 2032 when Star Citizen comes out :grin:
     
  3. Jeff Hine

    Jeff Hine Nothing special

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    All I play is WoW so I can't really add meaningfully to this, but when I played @ 1080p, I had a 4GB 1050ti. I can't see that 8GB or higher will become mainstream any time soon, so 4 or 6GB should do you fine.
    Now might be a good time to search out a 2060/70 (non-ti/Super) as some outlets may be looking to shift older stock.
     
  4. The_Crapman

    The_Crapman Don't phone it's just for fun.

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    For 1080 6gb will probably be fine. Seems to be only when you move up to 1440 do you see a deficit vs 8gb. 8gb would have a bit more longevity, but depends on the gpu. I recently went from a 970 to a 980Ti and the performance jump was pretty big. Currently playing division 2 on ultra no problem.

    Biggest thing is budget. Spend as much as you can afford to now, it'll pay off I. The long run. You can get a 980Ti for about 120-150.
     
  5. Osgeld

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    even GTA 5 pushing quality with draw distances, which is very apparent on a 2 gig card as I noticed on my 2 gig 1050, and that is a 4 pushing 5 year old game... will eat up 4 gigs no problem, shadow of the tomb raider will get near 4 pushing the limits of a hot as hell OC RX570 and that's not exactly a brand new game either
     
  6. oscy

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    Both places I asked this has mentioned the 2060 Super, but I'm not looking to spend that much and this time I'm wary about futureproofing - no point if it dies before its time.

    I'll see what comes up in the marketplace forum. I was tempted by the 980, but it seems 6GB is the way to go.
     
  7. The_Crapman

    The_Crapman Don't phone it's just for fun.

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    I'd get a 5700XT over a 2060 super, but if you don't want to spend too much then look out for a 980Ti/1070/1080.
     
  8. Jeff Hine

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    I just had a lil' poke around in PCPartPicker & came up with (albeit new) these two options:
    6GB GTX1060 - (Gigabyte Windforce OC 6G)
    8GB RX 590 - (XFX FATBOY OC+)
    I ranked the cards by fastest core clock (stock), too.

    Now; given that I don't know your budget, those two (presumptuous of me) weigh in at under £200. That said I'm not brave enough to trust pre-owned kit so wouldn't know where to start in that sector.

    FTR: I'm using an RX Vega 56 (even for WoW), but it's feeding a 4K monitor that was stressing the heck out of my old 4GB 1050ti even on reduced resolutions
     
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  9. Bloody_Pete

    Bloody_Pete Technophile

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    I would grab a vega 56 or 64 personally, as they've really slumped in price so can be had for really cheap!
     
  10. oscy

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    A lot of people say something's cheap and to me it's expensive. :hehe: Like when I was Googling and I saw people complaining about dips into 45 FPS like their GPU is obsolete now.

    For reference, I got the 780 in 2014 for effectively £150.

    Pre-owned is fine. I've been looking on here, CEX and Ebay. On Ebay I know to avoid stock images, low / zero feedback, feedback percentage below 99.9, and people selling multiple GPUs (while claiming it was just used for a few months then put in storage...)

    One of those are probably what I'm going to end up getting. I've never had an AMD card before though. Though in comparison to a 980 they apparently aren't as good or are comparable, so now I'm confused as to the importance of VRAM.
     
  11. Jeff Hine

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    Well hey that's the site I've been using! I was just going through all the cards. I used passmark as a rough guide, started at 780 and went up until it got too expensive. So currently I'm narrowed down to:

    980 Ti 8GB ~£190
    RX 590 8GB ~£175
    TITAN Black 6gb ~£170
    1060 6gb ~£170
    R9 390X 8gb ~£130
    RX 480 8gb ~£115
     
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  13. oscy

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    And just like that, I've bought one.

    I was leaning toward a 980TI after comparing them, and someone reliable-looking just listed one on Ebay for £160, and that specific card had top reviews.

    Thanks everybody!
     
  14. Bloody_Pete

    Bloody_Pete Technophile

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    Its all perspective! £300-400 is my aim for a GPU with waterblock, so anything less than tbat seems cheap :p
     
  15. CrapBag

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    £160 for a four year old card, hope it has plenty of legs left in it :)
     
  16. oscy

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    Physically or technically? Technically, I was still fine with my 780, so this should last a while. Physically, I can always sell it if/when it dies (as I'll do with the 780, so really it's about £130ish).

    I felt it would've been bit daft passing up a regular 980 for £90 then spending more for a comparable or arguably worse GPU anyway.
     
  17. Vault-Tec

    Vault-Tec Green Plastic Watering Can

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    Just hope it's not been baked. Look for signs of it being apart and white marks on the PCB.
     

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