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Need more VRAM on a tight budget.

alcom4x
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Despite being 2 generations old my GTX980 is still serving me fine - I can run games on ultra or high at 1080p and still get 60FPS in most games. However I keep hitting the vram limitation quite early in games, and they slow to a stutter after a while due to all the swapping that keeps happening. I don't game as much as I used to so I can't really justify spending so much cash when I still get great performance from my hardware. 

 

I was thinking of looking at the used market and getting a 980TI or a 1060 6GB. Both are going for around £170. Any suggestions?

 

Rest of system are: i7 4790K, 16GB DDR3, Asrock Pro 4 Z97, samsung 850 256GB SSD, 2x 1080p displays

 

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980ti all the way. It's faster

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980Ti is about GTX1070 level of performance, so that's a no brainer.

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1060 is a side grade at best so definitely 980 ti. You should try lowering AA in games though that could help with vram.

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31 minutes ago, alcom4x said:

Despite being 2 generations old my GTX980 is still serving me fine - I can run games on ultra or high at 1080p and still get 60FPS in most games. However I keep hitting the vram limitation quite early in games, and they slow to a stutter after a while due to all the swapping that keeps happening. I don't game as much as I used to so I can't really justify spending so much cash when I still get great performance from my hardware. 

 

I was thinking of looking at the used market and getting a 980TI or a 1060 6GB. Both are going for around £170. Any suggestions?

 

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You could try turning down AA and shadow quality. Dropping texture quality one tic would probably do it too. I would be curious which games these are and what settings you are using. You shouldn't have much trouble keep Vram usage under 4gb at 1080p.

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how much ram are you using? what are you capping at? i cannot imagine needing more then 4-6 gigs of ram really. RX580 8 gigs are always there, but for what you had before a 1070 or 980ti (if you can find one in good shape) should really work well

 

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