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« on: September 26, 2014, 09:46:25 PM »

I feel like I just bought my 780 and apparently I'm now two generations behind.   I look at the Xbox One and Playstation 4 and I think to myself "Yep, that's where developers are going to aim for this generation" - is there even a point to pushing much higher than I am right now?  Or is there some incredible PC game that I need to have that isn't on XB1/PS4?  I just feel like Nvidia is upgrading for upgrade's sake. 
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« Reply #1 on: September 26, 2014, 10:41:04 PM »

If it makes you feel better I am still rocking a geforce 460 on my six year old gaming pc! I had to get a new power supply for it today. Hopefully I can carry it over to a new pc i want to build next year. At least the new PS is much less noisy! I was stunned how quiet it was when taking Bioshock Infinite for a test spin.
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« Reply #2 on: September 26, 2014, 10:43:14 PM »

Oh and the 780 is still a titan (no pun intended) of a card. (Even if it's not a Titan.)
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« Reply #3 on: September 26, 2014, 10:45:26 PM »

If you already have a 780 you're probably good for a while.  I'd imagine in another year or so you could upgrade to a mid-range card (usually Nvidia's X60 range) and stick with that for several years because of the console limitations.

It feels like these 900 series cards came on fast because they did basically bypass the 800's.  I'm not sure why they skipped the 800 generation outside of mobile chips, but it's kind of weird.  Maybe it is just to make people feel like they need to upgrade, heh.  Or maybe it was so there was less direct comparison between mobile and desktop chipsets, but even that is odd.

But yeah, Nvidia will keep releasing new ones every year because that's the business they're in.  smile
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« Reply #4 on: September 27, 2014, 04:36:51 AM »

I check Tom's Hardware when this question comes up.  You're four levels from the toppest of the top, and they don't recommend an upgrade unless you'll move up at least three levels, as the improvement is likely less than you're capable of noticing.  I'm five levels below you, and aside from having to turn off Hair Physics on Tomb Raider, I haven't had any thoughts about how much better my life would be with a newer card.
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« Reply #5 on: September 27, 2014, 07:11:37 PM »

Yeah, I agree - give it a year or two and games will (finally) start pushing graphic cards again because yes, all the developers are aiming towards what this 'next generation' of consoles can do...which is already behind the curve of us PC gamers.
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« Reply #6 on: September 28, 2014, 04:40:26 AM »

Well.....Bethesda just announced that they recommend 4gb vram for "The Evil Within."  Which sort of makes me urpy as I bought a 770 with 2GB last year. But I suppose it depends on what res you like to play at and how much antialiasing you have to have. If you want to be ultra and game in 4k, probably need 2 new cards in SLI. I'm perfectly happy with 1680@1050 so I believe I'm okay for a while.
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« Reply #7 on: Today at 05:20:01 AM »

I'm still rolling with my 780, no intention of upgrading this cycle... I run at 1920x1200, and it does fine for now. Mind you, I don't play competitive fps for anything... but for Neverwinter, World of Tanks, Marvel Online, and more, it does just fine. No speed issues at all.

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ps: as for the 2Gb and 'more than 2GB' debate... I've been in favor of the 'more than 2GB' side of things for a while now. _most_ games don't need more than 2... but some do. And that number is not getting smaller.
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