Originally Posted by Carnaged
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?
I think you answered your upgrade question right there.
For one game at 1920x1200, to me, it seems like a waste, especially since the GTX 570 core is not that much slower than a 580. Not to mention the VRAM limitations issue have been vastly overblown.
People seem to be overly obsessed with having excessive amounts of VRAM in thinking that benchmarks with 2560x1600 and much higher Surround/Eyefinity resolutions, which do show VRAM bottlenecking, somehow translates to similar bottlenecking at 1080p/1200p resolution. This is most certainly not
the case in today's games. Just because you reach the cap, does not necessarily mean you are suffering in performance as a result of it. I'm not understating VRAM bottlenecks, as I have been able to artificially cause them by enabling obscenely high levels of AA at 3600x1920 resolution when I used to run Surround. What I am saying is people who galavant and sensationalize VRAM bottlenecks have most likely never really experienced them before - we're talking about framerates that are in the 0-5 fps range (mostly at 0) where it is impossible to even move as soon as you enter a game, let alone even try to exit
out of it.
Believe me, actually playing the game is much more enjoyable then boasting about excessive amounts of AA, which you may or may not even notice the difference, depending on the game.
Future-proofing is also an illusion as well. There's no telling what direction developers will take with future games, and (as mentioned already) by the time the system intensive games become the norm, overall system hardware will be vastly superior by then as well. Besides, whose to say what direction you plan to take your own rig 6 months from now, let alone 2-3 years. You may end up with 3 or 5 displays for Eyefinity, you may end up with a laptop, you may even end up with a new player in the GPU market - the possibilities are endless.
The bottom line is focus on the here and now (what games and hardware are actually available for purchase today), and only spend money on better performance if you are not happy with your current gameplay experience provided that you can afford it.