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To answer your question, yes you should buy it for that price, and for BF3, 2gb is very useful. Something to think about though, gtx 480's can be found for around $200 now a days which I believe outperform the 560 ti's by about 10%-15%
    
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There's a little bit of a mis-theory here about VRAM and single monitor.

Naturally BF3 is going to fill up anyone's memory if it can dosen't mean it's required.

Weird, but on my 1.5GB it says on ULTRA settings I used max of 1.474GB VRAM.

Explanation: BF3 has a memory leak bug. No matter what ones GPU's vram capacity is, the game will almost use it all up. Notice that every person has there VRAM usage almost maxed at their GPU's capacity? Notice how it's not maxed either? It's reading just below their VRAM limit.

More VRAM only holds true to multiple monitors where VRAM is in fact king. On the single monitor however it's not as true.

BF3 has had a memory leak bug since beta and still does.

OP - 2GB VRAM on a single 1920x1200 resolution monitor whether it's 60Hz or 120Hz is going to be more than plenty. Anything past 1GB VRAM is actually sufficient. You only need higher VRAM amounts when you use 1440p or 1600p.

Now that New GTX 560Ti might be worth waiting for due to the sheer performance gains. I'm betting with 448 Cuda Cores at the end of the day benchmarking with over clocks it's going to be the new card of choice for Christmas.

Wait if you can. If not for that new GTX 560Ti but for the next gen cards. However if you need to do some serious gaming as of yesterday, than anything past 1.2GB VRAM is going to get the job done (pending GPU performance level) just fine.

BTW - Nice find NvidiaNewbie +1 rep for posting and being able to show proof. Good start as an OCN member. See you around the threads.
     
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hey arizonian what can i say, i'm honored for the rep

and thanks for all that info. man ive learned so much about vid cards in just the short time i've been here, i friekin love it.

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During my BF3 session, Afterburner reported a max vram usage of 1905MB! I'm glad I got 2GB cards!
Have you tried going into BF3 gameplay and then back out immediately and then checking Afterburner?

Someone on another forum was saying that their Vram usage went down massively after doing that second test, apparently because a load of textures and what not were being cached after long periods of gameplay but that it had no bearing on actual performance, FPS-wise.
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Have you tried going into BF3 gameplay and then back out immediately and then checking Afterburner?

Someone on another forum was saying that their Vram usage went down massively after doing that second test, apparently because a load of textures and what not were being cached after long periods of gameplay but that it had no bearing on actual performance, FPS-wise.
Running two monitors I kept an eye on it. It fluctuated between like 400MB on the score summary screen, up to maybe an average of 1500MB. It didn't go above that too much, but it did go to 1700-1900 on occasion.

Was running 1920x1200, Ultra settings minus AA and motion blur. Didn't benchmark it, but I never saw the fraps counter move below 60fps.

Running 2GB MSI 560 Ti Twin Frozr in SLI at 925/1850, 2004. So, just a modest OC.
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Yep the new 560 Ti is my only worry over buying this one. But then again if Im able to get it for cheaper then $225 I may be able to sell it later and not loose to much on it...
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hey pheaton man, i bet its still a helluva rig

quite honestly, right now ive got an i7-920, 12 gig of 1333 memory (not even sure specifics) and a 460gtx and I seem to be able to run all my games at 1080 without much fps drop, and thats bumping most things up max, save for like aa which i keep at 2x's depending on the game. im talking about things like lotro, da1 and 2, me2, force unleashed, and not the big dogs like bf3, but i have a feeling i'm gonna want that new 560 to make sure i can run skyrim to the max on a single monitor.

one thing i needed to learn after reading reviews over the years, and knowing squat about vid cards, was that some of these babies are made to run multiple monitors which i dont do (yet), so i can usually get away without sli...

hey is the name of this thread nvidianewbie rambles on about things nobody cares about? must be

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Running two monitors I kept an eye on it. It fluctuated between like 400MB on the score summary screen, up to maybe an average of 1500MB. It didn't go above that too much, but it did go to 1700-1900 on occasion.

Was running 1920x1200, Ultra settings minus AA and motion blur. Didn't benchmark it, but I never saw the fraps counter move below 60fps.

Running 2GB MSI 560 Ti Twin Frozr in SLI at 925/1850, 2004. So, just a modest OC.
Now that would be a nice sli setup, but not cheap lol, have you tried crysis 2? Im getting windows flickering when in sli on 1GB cards, im on the newest 285.xx drivers.
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I tried 4 different cards with my sig playing bf3 and here are my results in memory usage. Btw, I have 2560 x 1600 resolutions.

1. 5770 1gb (capped 1gb easily even in low setting)

2. gtx 590 (capped 1.5gb vram in ultra setting)

3. amd 6990 (used around 1.7gb vram in ultra setting)

4. gtx 560 ti 2gb (used like 1.85vram in ultra setting)

I don't have 1920 x 1080p, but 1.5gb vram should be enough for 1080p for bf3 ultra setting.
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