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I understand more GPU horsepower is what is going to drive your game better, but why does it use more VRAM just because you have it? just seems odd it wouldn't affect your game somehow.

i really just want to know for myself(others too i guess) not just playing devils advocate
My guess, is the way some game engines are coded. Nothing really wrong with it, it doesn't hurt anything. If your game plays fine maxed out, why worry about it? That's the way I look at things.
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just curious, i haven't gamed on my gtx260 in a while,kind of in mobile mode with my m11x and like the OP i'm debating just getting the 3gb model(watercooling) because its minutely more expensive when i buy my rig in dec/jan
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New card.

BF3 on medium/high mix @ 1080p easily uses 1.2+ gigs for me and I've seen 1.4+ for others.

If you want to play future games without a VRAM bottleneck, then get the 3 Gb model. I am currently going to upgrade to a 3 Gb 580 too, the 1.25 gb Vram is too low.
pioneer nailed this one already, so I won't rehash what has already been said.

I'd just like to add that when it comes to enthusiast computing, the idea of future-proofing versus actual current needs/standards is a powerful marketing tool. In the end, it's your money and you can spend it however you like. Just know that Nvidia thanks you for your generous contributions - and like any contribution, you know you didn't have to, but it's nice that you did it anyway.

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Its the "BF3 syndrome". A lot of folks are freaking out and deciding they need more vram for single monitor/screen setups. Its like the psu misconception: "I'm sli'ing two 460s, do I need a 1kw psu?!?!?!?"
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To be honest these days with ever demanding games 3GB does seem the sensible option now. It really comes down to cost, 3GB models are as much as 20% more expensive.

So if you can find one cheap then go for it.

I managed to find a Gainward in the UK a good £35+ cheaper than rival sites
http://www.microdirect.co.uk/Home/Pr...GTX-580-3072MB £426.00 inc Vat. Not bad me thinks.
 
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just curious, i haven't gamed on my gtx260 in a while,kind of in mobile mode with my m11x and like the OP i'm debating just getting the 3gb model(watercooling) because its minutely more expensive when i buy my rig in dec/jan
You're on a GTX260 right now, so going to a 580 wouldn't be a bad idea. Again though, the only reason you would NEED the 3GB model would be going with an insane resolution.

However, you said Dec. / Jan. At that time, the new cards should be hitting the shelves, or very soon. So for YOU, I'd say wait for the GTX 6xx and HD7xxx cards to hit (or whatever naming scheme they use).
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