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Hi,

I'm building a new PC (and my first post on OCN!) and I think I want a GTX570, although I'm concerned about the VRAM. I plan to stay around 1900x1200 or 1920x1080 on one monitor. For near-future games, will the amount of VRAM be enough? I plan to SLI eventually, so I'll be on this graphics card for a while. I'm torn between this and the 6970 partially because of the VRAM size. Them being nearly tied on other benchmarks doesn't help either. Is the VRAM a real issue or am I being paranoid?
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I play on 1920x1200 and I haven't had any VRAM issues. It comes close in some games, but that's with over 8x AA enabled. I don't think you should worry. I don't regret my purchase one bit.
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The VRAM isn't really a limiting factor unless you plan to go SLI (otherwise you probably won't have enough graphical horsepower to saturate the memory).
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TickleMeElmo, I do plan to SLI eventually and your thoughts are exactly what is making me think about this topic. I'm trying to decide if the lack of VRAM is enough that an eventual SLI isn't worth it and I should get something with more VRAM now and SLI/CF later or commit to a new GPU instead of SLI later.
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Sorry to sound biased but you could get a 480 ..
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I'm running a similar vram setup with my 470's in SLI at 1920x1200. I play a ton of different games, and the only time I know for a fact my perf tanked due to vram capacity was playing a modded version of Call of Pripyat *completely* maxed out ... all I had to do to fix the problem was drop the texture size (actually the resolution of the textures) by one notch, and drop from 4xAA to 2xAA, and I've not tapped the vram out since.

Bottom-line yes there may be VERY rare occasions that you'll have to a make a very small sacrifice to IQ in order to trim your vram usage on a 1280MB SLI setup at 1920x1200 (obviously even less often at 1080p).

I think I can safely say that absolute worst case scenario, at least for the next few years, is that you might have to go without AA if you go with your proposed setup. But this would only happen with the hugest vram hogs and hence not very often.

Personally I think SLI'd 470/570 is pretty much the optimal setup for 1920 res all-around.
    
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I have only seen the vram get close to its max on metro with every setting turned up, at 1080. Uses 984 mb of ram in bad company 2 maxed. If maxing a game out with all the settings doesn't mean all that much to you, then get it but if you want aa and all that stuff maybe don't get it.
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