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Hello there.

I'm currently deciding if I should buy a Dell U3011 (2560x1600), a Corsair AX850/650 and then a MSI 580 Lighting.

Currently nobody has the Xtreme edition in stock in europe, and the tests I've seen at techpowerups and hardcop prooves 1.5gb vs 3gb at 2560x1600 and higher does NOT make any difference?

Is that really true? What I've been reading here is that you need alot of vram at 2560x1600.

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/M...dition/31.html

http://www.hardocp.com/article/2011/...card_review/10

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Evaluating the MSI N580GTX Lightning XE has taught us a lot. It seems that even a 30" display at 2560x1600 isn't a high enough resolution to let this video card stretch its legs. There was a time when a 2560x1600 resolution was a real game changer for a high-end video card in performance and in the capacity to actually utilize high in-game settings with antialiasing. We've learned even the 1.5GB GeForce GTX 580 is not running into a video RAM bottleneck unless you force it to. It was actually rather hard for us to hit bottlenecks, and we tried.

In DiRT 3 we ran the game at the highest possible in-game settings, at 2560x1600 with the highest supported antialiasing. While there was a performance difference between the MSI N580GTX Lightning XE and the GeForce GTX 580, there wasn't a bottleneck in terms of video RAM at these settings. The same pattern followed in every game we tested here today, we saw performance differences, but nothing that would indicate the 3GB of RAM was useful at this resolution. The only game where we did see a difference was Metro 2033 when we forced it into that situation using that games highest possible settings.
Can you just buy the lighting, overclock it and then its actually better than the xtreme?
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there are certain games at that resolution that will cripple 1.5gigs, however not all cards do, i personally would recommend the 3gig card, as right now only certain games go over 1.5 in the future more games will
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post #3 of 26
It's not a BIG difference . But they only used a few games , that don't use much vram .

Try gtaiv with texture mods / other games with high res texture mods and you'll notice .

And the price difference isn't that high either , so ..
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better to have it and not need it then need it and not have it
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Is it worth if you want to play Crysis 2 DX11
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post #6 of 26
I did a lot of research before deciding on the MSI Lightning. From what I have gathered, it makes little to no difference on a single display regardless of resolution with the vast majority of programs/games currently available.

The 3GB VRAM shines in high resolution multi-monitor displays and in the few VRAM hungry applications out there.

However, As new technology becomes available software becomes more demanding. So 2 years from now that 3GB will likely be a lot more noticeable on the newer applications for single displays.

If you want to "future proof" your rig or use multiple displays at high resolution, go with the 3GB. Otherwise it doesn't matter.

My $.02.
post #7 of 26
IIRC anything above 2560x1600 is where you will see the diference. I say stick to the 1.5gb.
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Looks like I just gotta wait for it to come in stock then! And It's always lovely to be future proof as you said trulsrohk!
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3gb for nvidia sorround would rock.
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multiple monitors is where the 3GB version shines
    
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