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post #11 of 45
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Originally Posted by MrSleepin View Post
my point is, games are getting more vram intensive! better get the right one now so you don't have to upgrade sooner...
This is true, and I know OCN is all about overkill, but there are very few instances where a 3gb card outperformes its 1.5gb couterpart. These are almost exclusively in surround too. Given the availability and cost difference of 1.5gb cards, it's just the more logical choice if the OP is going to be gaming at 1080p.
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post #12 of 45
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Originally Posted by andrewmchugh View Post
The speed is more important then memory at 1080p.
This. You won't need more memory unless you're running 2560x1440 or 2560x1600, or running a multi monitor SLi setup.
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post #13 of 45
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my point is, games are getting more vram intensive! better get the right one now so you don't have to upgrade sooner...
Both cards are still using the same GTX 580 core at the very heart of it all. Even if it came to a memory limitation on a single 1080p monitor, chances are that those games won't be any more playable on a 3GB card anyway since the limiting factor would be the actual GPU itself.

We can breakdown how high levels of AA and other graphical settings will need more VRAM, but we seem to be forgetting that it also takes away GPU processing cycles (significantly) as well.
     
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post #14 of 45
Get the 1.5 GB.

Half the posts ITT didn't even read the OP. He said he wasn't planning on adding a 2nd monitor or doing eyefinity and a bunch of you said get the 3GB in case he wants to lol
post #15 of 45
BF3 beta never uses the 1.5GB vram i have on my 580, and i play at 1600p, which requires MUCH more vram than 1080p
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post #16 of 45
If your playing at 1080p then 3gb is totally unecessary , but the more the better i guess... not really

the 3gb version is good for playing in surround resolutions , where the extra vram is needed . If you have no plans on going surround in the future then just get the 1.5gb ... cos you will never use more vram than that in most instances .
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post #17 of 45
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Both cards are still using the same GTX 580 core at the very heart of it all. Even if it came to a memory limitation on a single 1080p monitor, chances are that those games won't be any more playable on a 3GB card anyway since the limiting factor would be the actual GPU itself.

We can breakdown how high levels of AA and other graphical settings will need more VRAM, but we seem to be forgetting that it also takes away GPU processing cycles (significantly) as well.
this

BF3 @ 1080p does not use up 1.5GB but the GPU will easily be pegged at 99%

by the time we have games where the difference in 1.5GB and 3GB buffer will matter for 1080p, the single GTX580 GPU will be too slow and put out too low a framerate for the game at those settings regardless of whether or not the GPU has a 3GB buffer

only reason to get the 3GB option with intent of playing @ 1080p would be for resale value later on down the road to some sucker who doesn't know better

for 1080p I'd ultimately go with whichever is the less expensive option
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post #18 of 45
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1.5GB SSC it is! Thanks everyone!
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post #19 of 45
1.5Gb.

Also, getting a pre-overclocked edition is pointless. Just get a reference and match the c locks. The SSC is probably more coin too.
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post #20 of 45
I have a 1.5Gb GTX 580 and the most VRAM i've ever used in BF3 is 1400Mb, and thats with EVERY setting maxed/on ultra i'd say save the cash and get a 1.5 unless youre upgrading to 1440p or going surround/3d!
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