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I'm looking at the new 7870s that just came out. They only have 2GB of vram and I was looking to run 2560x1440 with them crossfired. I'm already coming from a vram bottleneck with 1gb so I don't want to buy into another bottleneck. At this resolution in BF, Skyrim etc would I hit the limits with 2GB? Or would I be better off with the 7900 series with their 3gb?
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get 3 gb for more than 1080...
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Wait for the 680 drop, price drops will ensue for the 7970s and should be interesting how the 680 handles 2GB. Either way, wait for non-referenced models to buy a 2GB+ model in corresponding months.
 
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Honestly, resolution, and even AA, don't have that large of an effect on memory requirements, not relative to texture sizes anyway.
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Originally Posted by jta98z View Post

I'm looking at the new 7870s that just came out. They only have 2GB of vram and I was looking to run 2560x1440 with them crossfired. I'm already coming from a vram bottleneck with 1gb so I don't want to buy into another bottleneck. At this resolution in BF, Skyrim etc would I hit the limits with 2GB? Or would I be better off with the 7900 series with their 3gb?

I'm in the exact same boat as you op smile.gif

I think I'm going to wait for the 680's to hit and try to snag a 7950.
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Wait for the 680 drop, price drops will ensue for the 7970s and should be interesting how the 680 handles 2GB. Either way, wait for non-referenced models to buy a 2GB+ model in corresponding months.

See I keep hearing about price drops for the 7970. This seems hard to believe to me. The card just came out a month ago. I don't see why they'd drop the price THAT quickly. Also that means that everything else below it must drop too and the 7800 series just came out this week. I can't see them dropping in price after hitting the market for 2 weeks.
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I would say that 2GB is enough if your running 1080p, I think 1GB is still ok, but anything above 1080p I would say 3GB
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For a single monitor, I struggle to fill 1280MB.
On dual, 1080 screens 2GB is plenty.
3 1080 screens is pushing 2GB.
More than 3 full HD screens and 3GB cant hurt.
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I would say that 2GB is enough if your running 1080p, I think 1GB is still ok, but anything above 1080p I would say 3GB
1GB is still enough if you play console ports, but PC oriented games like BF3, Metro 2033 and the like need more.
1GB is great for casual, semi casual, and medium level gaming, but to really play high end games having less than about 1.5 is silly.
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Originally Posted by PhilWrir View Post

For a single monitor, I struggle to fill 1280MB.
On dual, 1080 screens 2GB is plenty.
3 1080 screens is pushing 2GB.
More than 3 full HD screens and 3GB cant hurt.
1GB is still enough if you play console ports, but PC oriented games like BF3, Metro 2033 and the like need more.
1GB is great for casual, semi casual, and medium level gaming, but to really play high end games having less than about 1.5 is silly.

Yeah that's what I am saying. I never really monitored the usage of vram on my 6970m
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Peeps heavily modding skyrim will tell you 2GB isn't enough.
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