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Which PC upgrade will best improve my SC performance?
« on: April 08, 2015, 09:23:12 PM »
RAM or a new video card?

I'm currently running 8gigs of ram and an nVidia GTX770 (2gig).

I was thinking of either going for 16gigs of RAM or a GTX970 (4gig).

Thoughts between the two?


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Re: Which PC upgrade will best improve my SC performance?
« Reply #1 on: April 08, 2015, 10:12:58 PM »
Do not go 970. Just google up GTX 970 and class action lawsuit. The card does not live up to the advertised claims. It's actually 3.5 gig with .5 gig virtual.
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Re: Which PC upgrade will best improve my SC performance?
« Reply #2 on: April 08, 2015, 10:18:44 PM »
You would probably be better off just getting a 980. Extra Ram is nice to have, I would go more towards better memory speed then quantity.

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Re: Which PC upgrade will best improve my SC performance?
« Reply #3 on: April 08, 2015, 10:39:27 PM »
If I had the extra $200, I would've suggested that :P

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Re: Which PC upgrade will best improve my SC performance?
« Reply #4 on: April 09, 2015, 07:32:26 AM »
Don't count out the GTX 970.  Yes there is a lawsuit but it is still an amazing card with a very aggressive price.  The VRAM problem is only an issue if you are gaming at resolutions higher than 1440p.  And at that resolutions you would need an sli setup anyway.

Don't forget, the GTX 970 was at the top of every reviewers list for the best buy for video cards before the negative press.  And those were based on benchmarks and performance.

I have 2 970's in sli and love them.  I game at 1080p and have had no issues.
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Re: Which PC upgrade will best improve my SC performance?
« Reply #5 on: April 09, 2015, 07:36:59 AM »
what's this lawsuit about?

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Re: Which PC upgrade will best improve my SC performance?
« Reply #6 on: April 09, 2015, 07:44:56 AM »
Basically false advertising.  They said the card had 4gb of VRAM.  It's sort of true.  It has 2 allotments.  One of 3.5gb and one of 500mb.  If more than 3.5 GB are accessed the performance supposedly bogs down as it accesses the other allotment of ram.  It only happens at high resolutions.  I've been monitoring my VRAM and never went above 3.5gb.  And the bog down is more likely in a sli setup.
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Re: Which PC upgrade will best improve my SC performance?
« Reply #7 on: April 09, 2015, 07:46:33 AM »
The manufacturers all claim that the card provides 4GB of RAM when in actuallity it only provides 3.5GB.

From what I've heard the last 500MB of RAM could be accessible with a firmware update, but Nvidia has no plans on fixing it. Here's a nice video explanation:



Notable is how BF4 went over the 3.5GB limit, and SC is sure to go beyond that in the final PU.
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Re: Which PC upgrade will best improve my SC performance?
« Reply #8 on: April 09, 2015, 08:00:08 AM »
Yes, but note in the video that the resolutions were all high.  You will have no problems if you're gaming at 1440p or lower.

Also to note is what happens when DirectX 12 comes out especially if you can do an sli setup.  Currently the VRAM on sli does not stack.  So, my 970 setup still only uses 3.5 gigs even though I have 7 GB available.  With DirectX 12 the VRAM on sli setups will STACK.  Which means I will have 7 GB of VRAM.  More than enough.  Star Citizen confirmed they will support DirectX 12.

2 970's is a killer set up for a bargain price.  Way better value than 980's imo.
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Re: Which PC upgrade will best improve my SC performance?
« Reply #9 on: April 09, 2015, 08:06:31 AM »
Far better deal than going with the 980. I'm still in the market to go for Space Heater, I mean AMD card set up. Their 300 series should be announced in the coming months.
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