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Alright so I'm getting a new 27" monitor @ 1920 x 1080 (1080p) I also got a QX9650 on ebay to put in my sig rig. I am torn between the EVGA GTX 580 Superclocked (797MHZ core & 4050MHz Mem) & with 1.5GB of RAM & the EVGA GTX 580 (772MHZ core & 4008MHz Mem with 3GB of RAM. I am most concerned with BF3. I plan to upgrade to Ivy Bridge & or Bulldozer once the benchmarks come out....So I can SLI on my new build. I also don't plan on going with a larger monitor or adding a second monitor. What should I go with?
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i just upgraded to the 3gb from the 1.5.... i would suggest not getting the 1.5...
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While 3gb is nice, it isn't necessary. For one screen, especially 1080p, you'll be fine with a 1.5gb model.
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Get the 3GB, then overclock it. You can make up for the speed via overclocking, but you cant make up for missing VRAM.
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The speed is more important then memory at 1080p

1.5 GB. for me.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by rocklobsta1109 View Post
While 3gb is nice, it isn't necessary. For one screen, especially 1080p, you'll be fine with a 1.5gb model.
This. If you ran surround/eyefinity or a 1440p/1600p monitor the 3GB would be necessary.
post #7 of 45
Thats a tough call, I would go with the 3GB if you are ever going to game at higher than 1080p(eyefinity)+OC'ing isnt the intention. Even then, sandbox games like total war exceed 2GB in VRAM during use!
 
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1.5GB here on Sli 480s, and no problems of running out of vram!
But if the two cards cost the same, I'd have 3GB over higher clocks myself
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post #9 of 45
Quote:
Originally Posted by Shogon View Post
This. If you ran surround/eyefinity or a 1440p/1600p monitor the 3GB would be necessary.
I do agree with this, but at 1600p my 1.5gb card still does just fine in BF3 so far. vram usage has gone up to about 1400mb but doesn't seem to negatively affect gameplay.
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post #10 of 45
my point is, games are getting more vram intensive! better get the right one now so you don't have to upgrade sooner...
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