Indeed, almost every game I play these days maxes out my 1280MB of VRAM.
5 years ago, 512MB was thought of as "excessive"
Now 1280MB of it is not nearly enough...amazing how fast VRAM is going.
2002 - 32MB was enough for most games.
2004 - 64MB - 128MB
2007 320-512MB, with a few rare 768MB
Weird part is, I used to run Half-Life on a GeForce 2 32MB. I launch Half-Life now and it can easily use 200-300MB of VRAM. Same with some other old games. It shocks me, like, how can they use that much, when back in the old days, they used to be fine with as low as 16MB and run 100% speed?