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How important is 2GB VRAM?

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Hello

I'm looking at upgrading my video card and was thinking of getting a 7850 for the 2GB of VRAM, but its looking like they might be a bit out of my price range. I generally play games like CoD and NFS. I can easly afford a 6870 and would get that but those only have 1GB of vRAM and i am worried that i may need to upgrade again in the near future for a card that has 2GB or VRAM. So my question is how important is 2GB of VRAM?

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2gb vram will help out with higher resolutions beyond 1080p. if you have only 1 1080p monitor, then 1gb would suffice.
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2gb vram will help out with higher resolutions beyond 1080p. if you have only 1 1080p monitor, then 1gb would suffice.

Currently only have 1 monitor and its only 16xx by 1050 by may go to 1080p later this year

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2GB+ will benefit games like BF3 (@1080p).
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More and more games are starting to utilize higher amounts of VRAM. I personally have no real issue with VRAM limits with any of my games but I don't really play any of the newest games because of my tastes. My suggestion is grab a 2GB card if you feel like running the latest games with highest quality texture packs but if you feel like you will play at a lower settings then grab a 1GB card. My 5850s still hold their own against any new game but I want to run an Eyefinity setup so I'm planning on a 79xx upgrade for the 3GB VRAM. All depends on how you want to game.
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I'd say 2GB of vram is pretty important if you plan on maxing out the AA and all the details in a game.
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It depends on the game really, but I would say get a 2GB model if you can. I play Skyrim which is heavy modded with FXAA post process injector and HD textures on my 1.3GB 570GTX which eats my Vram and it's like maxed out. I really wish that the 2.5GB 570's/ 3GB 580's were available when I bought mine a year ago. I know that BF 3 will eat your Vram as well.

In short, get the most Vram as you can... You never know what the future will bring
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It depends on the game really, but I would say get a 2GB model if you can. I play Skyrim which is heavy modded with FXAA post process injector and HD textures on my 1.3GB 570GTX which eats my Vram and it's like maxed out. I really wish that the 2.5GB 570's/ 3GB 580's were available when I bought mine a year ago. I know that BF 3 will eat your Vram as well.
In short, get the most Vram as you can... You never know what the future will bring

Newest game i have really been playing is MW3 although i would like to try BF3 but right now my 4670 just isn't going to cut it
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Newest game i have really been playing is MW3 although i would like to try BF3 but right now my 4670 just isn't going to cut it

do you have 1650 x 1050 resolution
if so, then you do not need 2gb vram
even if you have 1920x1080 2gb is not necessary
(i have 24'' 1920x1080 and 5850 with 1gb and can max anything except metro2033, crysis2, bf3 and keep gameplay excelent)
if you are a hardcore bf3 fan, then go for 2gb memory, because when you turn on all the antialiasing and everything, it is going to need more vram, metro is the same example, vram holding it back

7850 is a good choice it is pretty better than my 5850 at stock clocks for example
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