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The most often used software is MSI Afterburner freeware.
how do you check vram usage in msi afterburner? hmm
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post #12 of 19
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how do you check vram usage in msi afterburner? hmm
It will show vram usage in real time. See pic below for an example (note the red arrows).
post #13 of 19
FYI, this is a GREAT place to compare Video cards... I just wish they had more to compare in crossfire and SLI.

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/305?vs=331

The GTX 580 is a wonderful card, top of the line. No reason it should break if cooled well. I would keep it no matter what unless you get a fair price somewhere. I don't know how well 6950's in crossfire would work, but the GTX 580 stomps a 1G 6950 any day of the week. Later you could get another 580 and run SLI and stomp harder!

So far as Warrantee, Asus should cover the card anyway if "refurbed" by authorized rep... could email them and ask...



PS: I might add, some companies don't require proof of purchase etc. and go by the serial number to get manufacturing date. When you fill out their online RMA forms, you just click "Online Dealer" for where purchased (like Western Digital does with their hard disks) and get an RMA no problem... so long as the item is within the original allotted warrantee period.

http://service.asus.com/warranty.html
http://vip.asus.com/eservice/usa_rmaserv.aspx

And looks like Asus warrantee is the same way! Don't need proof of purchase!!!
Edited by Tex1954 - 5/16/11 at 6:49pm
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Well.. when I received my card I contacted asus to confirm my warranty and they said I only have 90 days and plain white box does have reconditioned sticker on it, so mine is definitely with 90 days warranty.
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It will show vram usage in real time. See pic below for an example (note the red arrows).
thanks, I didn't see that before
I will check it out.
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post #16 of 19
The 1GB Vram of that 6950 might be a problem with your 2560x1600 monitor, especially with AA and high textures in some games like Crysis or Metro 2033. If it was 2GB 6950 CF, then I would have leaned towards getting the 6950's.
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Even in world of warcraft 2560 x 1600, I use more than 1gb vram ugh.
It's like 1156 vram use.
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post #18 of 19
I'm gonna say stay with the GTX 580. Most cards that do give problems do so on their first month, and I doubt there's anything wrong with it. It's much more suited to 2560x1600. CrossFire with two 1GB cards at 2560x1600 will mean you'll have to sacrifice AA and maybe texture quality to be able to get playable framerates, and you can always SLI the GTX 580 in the future.
    
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Yea, I guess 1gb won't do any good. Even world of warcraft max memory usage was like 1200 already.

Now max usage was 1293 lol

EDIT: Didn't know internet explorer can suck vram usage. When I closed my explorer, my vram usage for World of warcraft was below 1000mb. I will get a metro 2033 tomorrow, so hopely I can test if my 1.5gb can handle it.
Edited by krazyatom - 5/17/11 at 4:25am
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