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Is there a consensus on the 1GB vs 2GB cards yet?

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For clarification I'm looking at the 560 1GB vs 2GB.

I was sifting through some threads of the 1GB vs 2GB and here are some responses:

1a) 1vs2 makes no difference whatsoever
2a) 2gb won't be utilized for 2+ years
3a) 2gb only helps when above a certain resolution
3b) 2b does not help in larger resolutions and 3a is farce

The threads were from 2010 and early 2011 though so maybe there is a better consensus by now?

I will be using it on my 20" monitor and sometimes on my 42" plasma.

The GTX 560 Galaxy 2 GB is on sale for 179 after mail in rebate.

I will be using the card for 3+ years I'm not a yearly updater. The rest of the machine will be core i5, 750 psu...

From what I understand the 560 is a marginal improvement over the 460 and the 560 ti is a marginal improvement over the 560.
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For a 1080p display, 1GB is enough. The card itself isn't going to be any more powerful with 2GB of VRAM on it, that's where things start mattering. The only reason to go with higher memory cards would be triple screens or a super high resolution (like a 30" Dell). Obviously a GTX570 and 580 are a more powerful card, and they have more memory as well. But they also have the GPU horsepower to back it up. A 560 doesn't.

If you are going to use more than a single 1080p display though, you might want more VRAM.
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i play BF3 my 560 Ti 1GB uses 88% of the Vram at high settings no AA... 1080p
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You need more than 1GB vram for BF3 at ultra settings and 1080p, I find my CF 5850s limited with 1GB.

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Originally Posted by quakermaas View Post

You need more than 1GB vram for BF3 at ultra settings and 1080p, I find my CF 5850s limited with 1GB.

You're being limited because you have 5850's, and crossfire.
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post #6 of 7
Personal experience, 1gb vram (gtx560) is enough for BF3 in ultra with no AA. With AA in my case with my 570, i'm close to 1200mb vram usage so @ 1080p it will depend if you are going to play or not with different settings of AA, anyway 2gb in the GTX 560 is a waste of money for 1080p.
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Thanks I'll save my money and get a 1GB.
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