Gigabyte GeForce GTX 760 4GB Video Card Review – 2GB or 4GB of VRAM

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Final Thoughts and Conclusions

If you are shopping for an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 video card and are deciding between a 2GB and 4GB version you aren’t alone.  We’ve had a ton of people ask us the same question and we figured that we’d do some testing to help others that might be wondering about it as well. Most gamers say that you want as much VRAM as possible, but very few have done any testing to back that up!

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Gigabyte currently offers the Gigabyte GTX 760 GDDR5-2GB for $259.99 and the Gigabyte GTX760 GDDR5-4GB for $299.99. The cards are identical other than the amount of the frame buffer. The Gigabyte GeForce GTX 760 video card in general is a very nice card.  It is factory overclocked, fairly quiet and runs super cool (27C idle and 64C load). So, should you spay $40 more to double up on the memory? Our testing showed that while there were some benefits at Ultra HD resolutions on some game titles it wasn’t enough to significantly impact the gaming experience. The issue with the GeForce GTX 760 series is that it is power by the GK104 Kepler GPU and there is only so many pixels that the 1152 stream processors and 32 ROPs can handle.  This means that while the additional memory did help when gaming at 4K resolutions in Far Cry 3, the GPU itself didn’t have enough horse power to provide a smooth gaming experience. We would still get stuttering and tearing when gaming despite the fact that we had enough memory to render the scenes. 

 If you are looking to spend GeForce GTX 760 money and are considering spending an extra $40 for additional memory we highly suggest that you consider moving up to the GeForce GTX 770 series. The entry level GeForce GTX 770 video cards start at just $312.99 shipped  and you can pick up the Gigabyte GeForce GTX 770 GDDR5-2GB that we reviewed back in June 2013 for $334.99. The GeForce GTX 770 series uses the same GK 104 GPU and has 2GB of GDDR5 memory, but it has 1536 stream processors versus the 1152 on the GeForce GTX 760. If you game at 1680×1050, 1920×1080 or 1920×1200 you’ll see a nice performance improvement across the board by stepping up to the GeForce GTX 770 series for as little as $13 more than a GeForce GTX 760 4GB. If you are an Ultra HD gamer or have a multi-monitor setup then you need to move to something more powerful like the GeForce GTX 780 3GB with the Gk110 GPU or the AMD Radeon R9 280X 3GB with the Tahiti GPU. Both of those cards have the horsepower and frame buffer needed to properly push a multi-monitor setup and most single Ultra HD monitors.

Legit Bottom Line: The Gigabyte GeForce GTX 760 4GB video card is a very nice card, but by the time we see the performance advantages of having 4GB of memory it doesn’t matter as the overall GPU performance is too low to have an enjoyable gaming experience.

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  • Anthony Kenneth Steele

    so only good for sli then.

  • Ryan

    What about something like modded Skyrim

  • mark

    I have a biostar x79 and this card 4gb and I set the bios to gen 3 and it only shows as gen 2 on the pre bios screen and in windows, can anyone help please

  • Mathew Andresen

    Very nice article, ty. Glad I’m going with the 2gb

  • Domas

    Firstly very nice review, thanks for your job :) I’m just wondering how much does the heating influences gaming performance. The Gigabyte card was really ahead in these parameters, so maybe it’s worth to pay these 40$ just to be safe not to get high temp? Also is there any kind of cap in temperature regarding video cards? What is dangerous and what is just simply ‘an ok’ temperature?

    • mowa

      when you want to max out your performance, you have to try to avoid heat in any way. I have a laptop right now that only has one fan and sometimes overheats and shuts down. This happens when CPU and/or GPU reach over 90-100° celcius. However on a desktop PC this should not happen because they have much better air flow and cooling.
      Just try to avoid heat in any way because it will slow down your sytem

  • bengg

    this 3 fan formation is quite something…i would add another at the back…checkout my 3 fan video card mod – http://www.benshardwareblog.com/pc-hardware/hd3850-triple-fan-solution

  • Liam

    is it worth getting a 4gb sli?

  • Liam

    Does anyone know how many watts the 4gb oc edition uses?

  • Praisejeebis

    Just recently bought a graphics card and after days a research and then looking at this article i seem to be missing something. Are some of these tests to help us decide between 2g and 4g run with a reference card vs an overclocked gigabyte card? shouldn’t they both be gigabytes

    • Liam

      It depends on what games you play to how well the card works

    • Anthony Lim

      I have the 4 GB OC edition and I was wondering if I have the right PSU, it is thermaltake smart M series 750w?

  • CatiePotatie

    Interesting to see that one game has a strong difference at 4k while the other doesn’t.. I have 3x 660ti 2GB graphics cards and mostly play at 6000×1080 (BC), sometimes 8000×1440 if it can handle it but I think the 2GB is holding me back a bit there. If I could have found some more conclusive tests when I was researching this I might have opted to wait a bit and go for something a little beefier.

  • DWillyEfect

    What about in SLI? Would the extra memory matter then?

    • Nathan Kirsch

      Nope, because the memory is dedicated to each card. This means that you don’t gain any additional frame buffer by running say two 2GB cards as you are still stuck with 2GB of memory.

      • Wilbur

        I presume DWillyEfect mean the extra memory which 4GB cards in SLI would provide. (As it is a 4GB card that is reviewed here). Then you would suddenly have roughly the same horsepower as a GTX 690 or a 680 SLI setup, but without the shortcomings of those card´s small memory capacity. It seems to me that the only application for a 4GB card like this, is in a SLI setup running monster resolutions.

        • Nathan Kirsch

          duh, yeah that would be interesting and might work out well. If only I had two 4GB GTX 760′s or GTX 770′s to try that out on.

  • basroil

    Any chance we’ll see one of these for the 770? It’s got enough kick that perhaps there’s enough difference on BF4 to matter.

    • Nathan Kirsch

      Possibly if this article does well we can take a look at a 2GB versus 4GB version of the GTX 770. Gigabyte charges $55 more to double up the memory on their GeForce GTX 770 OC WindForce 3X, so it hopefully does a little better for such a significant price hike. It’s the same memory that is on this card, so there is no reason it should cost more to double up the memory on the GTX 770 versus the GTX 760.

      • basroil

        Yea, been looking at those and they are all close to $400 even without overclocking. Guess you can’t fight markups when there’s a monopoly on a card.