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Hi all,

You can see my current system specs I have a MSI Frozr III Gtx 570, how much performance and future proofing would I gain from a 3gb card rather than my current 1.2gb version now.

Should I wait for the next generation of nvidia cards before upgrading now. I play at 1920 1200 and most games run great but for say BF3 would it be a worthwhile upgrade?

Are there any games that make use of more VRAM?
Edited by Carnaged - 10/17/11 at 7:13am
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I am running 2 3gb 580's in sli, but I am running 3 monitors. If you are only going to run 1 monitor, I don't think you would see many benefits. I could be wrong about this, so anyone else feel free to chime in. In my understanding, the only reason you would need the extra vram, is so that you can run higher resolutions.
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3GB models aren't aimed at single display users (well unless it's a 30in 1600p screen). If your going Nvidia Surround then i'd recommend a 3GB model. For 1080p you will not see any benefit.
 
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3gb of ram at that resolution would be wasted imo. By the time you need that much vram at that resolution, both your monitor and that 580 will be dated. Sli them 570's, that would be a killer setup.
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I am running 2 3gb 580's in sli, but I am running 3 monitors. If you are only going to run 1 monitor, I don't think you would see many benefits. I could be wrong about this, so anyone else feel free to chime in. In my understanding, the only reason you would need the extra vram, is so that you can run higher resolutions.
Yes, unless you are running at resolutions >= 2550x1440 the extra RAM is wasted
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I was silly and bought myself one for my single 1080, boy what a waste!

The ONLY time and I repeat ONLY time you need that much vram is if you're pushing surround. You can even get by with 1.5 at 2560x1200 just perfectly fine.

and please don't even think about 'future proofing' because there is no such thing, especially when it comes to computer hardware. Like the other dude said, by the time you need that much vram, the game is gonna require a more powerful card in general.

Even if you were going surround, you need 2. that's 1200$. which is friggin rediculous. You can get 2 6970s that perform almost as well and literally cost half as much.
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I asked the same question a while back and the conclusion was by the time games at 1080p need 3gb the GTX580 will be too slow.

With that in mind I got the ASUS DirectCu II and loving it.
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The only time you should be getting 1 is when you can get it on sale for near the price of a 1.5Gb. I got mine at the same price as a normal Lightning 1.5Gb, no brainer there.
    
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Yes...


See for yourself...
    
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post #10 of 16
some of that vram is buffered son. i don't care how much you think your using, 1.5gb is enough at 1920x1080.
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