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the reason 1.5 GB cards are faster than 3 GB cards is because the latency of the ram is increased in higher density ram. the 3GB cards usually dont use more ram modules, but rather use modules with twice the amount of ram built in.

for what it is worth, i am running the same resolution and i went with a 1.5GB version of the 580. i think the 110 dollar difference is stupid. and i am down to drop AA to 8x or even 4x when my ram is getting eaten up. i dont notice that much of a difference anyway.
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Like ragin said, C2 will max out however much vram you have...
It seems bad at first, but it really does show a level of optimization and definitely good for performance. I am sure its not 100% bug free for everyone.

I wished more developers thought like this. This is the mentality of console developers. Use as much of the hardware as possible. Then implement optimization for weaker hardware configurations.
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It seems bad at first, but it really does show a level of optimization and definitely good for performance. I am sure its not 100% bug free for everyone.

I wished more developers thought like this. This is the mentality of console developers. Use as much of the hardware as possible. Then implement optimization for weaker hardware configurations.
Absolutely agree.
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By the time games will require more than 1.5GB on a single display you'll buy a new card.

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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.
In 2 years a 3GB GTX 580 will play the most new games like crap regardless of their memory usage.
Edited by Wulfgar - 7/16/11 at 2:02pm
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IIRC anything above 2560x1600 is where you will see the diference. I say stick to the 1.5gb.
That.
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better to have it and not need it then need it and not have it
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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.
I pretty much came here to say this, so no need in repeating it...

If you have the money, might as well go for it.
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