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I was just lucky enough to get a nice deal on a U3011 (2560x1600 resolution), but now I am considering the fact that my GTX560 Ti Frozr II 1GB that I just ordered will have enough memory to run games at 2560x1600 resolution!

If I recall correctly, the most important thing to running at such a high solution is just that 1GB or 2GB, although I recall reading somewhere that its not SUCH a big deal these days, but I would love some input. For games like BF3, Batman, ACR, I dont mind not playing on all high settings, but I would definitely like to be able to take advantage of the monitor's native res.

So my question is, should I try to cancel my 1GB GTX 560Ti, and grab a 2GB version? Or is the 1GB enough to run 2560x1600?

Any input is greatly appreciated (and time-sensitive!!), and any benchmarks would be a great help! Thanks!

EDIT: Also, if I add a second card in SLI (2x560GTX Ti 1GB), would the monitor be able to take advantage of that extra gig or not? Although the 2GB card is more cost effective if its just for mem wink.gif

I don't require Ultra settings and 4xMSAA, etc, etc, I'm usually good playing on Medium or High if possible, usually 0xAA & AF. But I'm definitely rethinking the 560GTX Ti Frozr 1GB now, maybe I should go for a 570 1280MB to ensure a good gaming experience?
Edited by NiK_0_0 - 12/12/11 at 10:14am
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post #2 of 20
I would definitely consider the 2GB version dude - my 590 is close to its VRAM limit at 1920x1080 (BF3 for example), 2560x1600 would definitely choke it.

As for VRAM, it's mirrored and doesn't add up. 2x2GB cards will still only give you 2GB of VRAM, not 4GB.
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Hm... then will a 560 Ti Frozr be the best, or maybe a 6950 2GB is a better bet?

2GB MSI 560 GTX Ti Frozr:
http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=64191&vpn=N560GTX-Ti%20Twin%20Frozr%20II%202GD5%2FOC&manufacture=MSI%2FMicroStar

2GB MSI 6950 Frozr:
http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=64181&vpn=R6950%20Twin%20Frozr%20II%20OC&manufacture=MSI%2FMicroStar

2GB Sapphire Toxic 6950 (with some dual bios switch for possibility of unlocking more shaders?):
http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=64100&vpn=11188-07-40R&manufacture=SAPPHIRE

Looks like my budget just went up a bit, but I really want to get the most of of this card with my new 2560x1600 resolution.

I would like to run BF3 at 2560 on the highest settings possible, WITHOUT breaking the bank! This means ultra is definitely out of the question, sticking with high or medium if required. Which card could run this monitor and BF3/future games the best? Thanks:)
Edited by NiK_0_0 - 12/12/11 at 10:01am
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post #4 of 20
definitely get the 6950 for the vram.

its also generally faster and scales better at higher resolutions.

not sure if manufacturers still produce unlockable models but if you manage to get one itll be a huge bonus.
Edited by tyuo9980 - 12/12/11 at 4:41pm
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AMD 6950 2GB with unlock switch
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Wait until january for the 7900 series cards

They are supposed to have more VRAM, and worst case scenario if they are too expensive the other prices will surely drop.

It's only like another month, you'll be fine. Just wait.
     
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post #7 of 20
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Selvanthos View Post

AMD 6950 2GB with unlock switch

Yeah, I'm leaning towards the 6950 2GB I think, Sapphire Toxic version is supposed to have the unlock switch. Hopefully I can find BF3 unlocked Sapphire Toxic benchmarks.
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+1 on the 6950.
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I've only run out of memory (1.5gb) at 2560x1600 on games with texture mods and crysis when playing at max settings. Other games seem to run just fine. 2gb would definitely be futureproof, having said that, you don't need it - you can do a lot of gaming with 1gb, you just have to turn the settings down from the higest texture sizes and run with no aliasing. I was able to game with 768Mb cards at that resolution quite successfully with only a few lowered settings. If you only have 1 card you may not have the processing power to run at the highest settings that will require the extra memory anyway.

Unlocked 6950's are a very good choice. If you want to go nvidia the 560ti 2gb is good, otherwise you could run the 570 2.5gb.

Yes if you run SLI or crossfire you need both cards to have the same amount of memory.
     
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Quote:
Originally Posted by stren View Post

Yes if you run SLI or crossfire you need both cards to have the same amount of memory.

they dont need to have the same amount of memory. it will scale to the one with the least amount of memory.
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