Originally Posted by dmxdex2020;13670287
I get what you mean but i cannot afford to just drop down to a 460 with an extra gig of memory. My second card will be for future games also like battlefield 3. I oced my gpu and seen improvements of 15 odd fps. in the end i can hit as high as 30 fps and as low as 18 fps. So overall if i get another 470s what am i looking at roughtly? 40 50 fps?
Not without turning down the settings. That's what we're trying to say. A VRAM limit is a VRAM limit. It's not something that can be maginalized by brute force. If you want high framerates, you either have to turn down settings to back off that VRAM barrier or get cards that have a higher barrier those are really the only choices you have. Your 470(s) will NEVER do well with texture packs at your resolution. Adding a second 470 will probably take your Max FPS somewhere between 40 and 45, but your low will probably still be close to 18(less than ~22), and your average won't move nearly as much as the max. A second 470 is a good investment for general gaming, but NOT for Oblivion with mods.
You're going to see huge improvements in other games where you haven't added mods, but when you start modding, VRAM becomes your biggest opponent. OC your vram as much as possible, but that barrier is still going to be there.