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I have the 470 and with Crysis 2 prior to the DX11 and hi res. patch my vram use maxed out at around 900, now with both patches my vram stays maxed out at 1280

all game settings set to ultra

I game on a 1680 X 1050 22inch monitor
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With a single monitor the 1.5GB cards are faster....
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Originally Posted by Majin SSJ Eric View Post
With a single monitor the 1.5GB cards are faster....
How come that? Same cards, just more vram? From the tests XE only gets 3-4 more fps.
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multiple monitors is where the 3GB version shines
Exactly
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How come that? Same cards, just more vram? From the tests XE only gets 3-4 more fps.
The CPU has less of a workload controlling a 1.5GB opposed to a 3GB card (correct me if I'm wrong.) However, like said before, the 3GB version will only be useful for multiple monitors or other tasks that use alot of VRAM.
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post #16 of 26
try running three monitors (ie 5760x1080 or 3240x1920) and run Metro, most likely medium settings on a single card, and see how this will bring your card to its knees. I would recommend sli for three monitors though
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The CPU has less of a workload controlling a 1.5GB opposed to a 3GB card (correct me if I'm wrong.) However, like said before, the 3GB version will only be useful for multiple monitors or other tasks that use alot of VRAM.
The timings are higher on the larger memory to maintain the same speed.

That's all, its not really a workload thing, although for a CPU that is exactly what it can be when using all six Dimms.

The performance difference is low, 1~5% range.


There are only about 4 games that will dwarf the performance at 2560x1600, thats Metro2033, Crysis, DA2, and Witcher 2.

The jury is out on Crysis 2. It uses Dynamic Memory Allocation: it uses what you have, so its hard to tell.

Games like GTA4, Oblivion, and DA2 have both official and unofficial mods that put the memory usage easily over 1.5GB.


If it was me, I would have a minimum of 2 GPUs and go with either 2x 2.0GB 560TIs or 2.5GB 570s. That would be ideal for both future proof, and keeping frame rates above 60.
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post #18 of 26
Crysis 2 with the latest patches will go over 1.5 GB at 1600p if I recall correctly.
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Crysis 2 with the latest patches will go over 1.5 GB at 1600p if I recall correctly.
Its DMA, it goes above 1.5GB at 1920x1080 if you have it. Pre-patch it was 900MB~1100MB same resolution.

Absolutely no issues running 1.5GB with Crysis 2 @ 1920x1080 OR 5760x1080.
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post #20 of 26
Like ragin said, C2 will max out however much vram you have...
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