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maybe 2gb of vram is overrated now... but in 2 years maybe even a year.. things can change. As long as the price is worth it

At one point people said in 2008 512MB was excessive and would never be fully used in any game, and that 1GB was just plain a waste.

Fast forward to 2012, we got games using 1800MB being used in some games.
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post #32 of 35
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At one point people said in 2008 512MB was excessive and would never be fully used in any game, and that 1GB was just plain a waste.
Fast forward to 2012, we got games using 1800MB being used in some games.

Thing is that future proofing almost never works cause by the time that extra VRAM could be used to a good use the GPU itself wouldn't have processing power to handle any seriously demanding future game at acceptable framerates.
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so when do we get voltage control? my 295 needs to be replaced but I'm not doing it until they put out a card worthy of being put under water.

No, not an ATI card. I've grown to rather like nvidia's nice drivers.
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Thing is that future proofing almost never works cause by the time that extra VRAM could be used to a good use the GPU itself wouldn't have processing power to handle any seriously demanding future game at acceptable framerates.

That is wrong sir. I could agree for low-end models but take in example the 5870.
Mine overclocks like a monster and does fine in every games not memory hungry. I have everything maxed most of the time and I play @ 1200p.
Civilization 1GB, not enough. Shogun 2, can't play max resolution with 1GB. BF3 need to lower settings to not saturate memory.

I will take the gtx680 as an example, it has the double memory and probably twice faster. This GPU will probably still be viable for a good 3 years (in term of raw performance). 2GB in the other hand is what AMD have been using since 5870 (eyefinity edition) & 6900 serie. Some games already max this out and forget about higher resolution than x1200. Could be fine for lower models like the 7800 serie or GTX600 lower-end cards.

If I had spend a bit more for the 2GB version of the 5870 I wouldn't have to buy a new video card this year. I am sure it could have served me another year so I could have upgraded in 2014 or 2015 with a new rig frown.gif
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post #35 of 35
looking to replace my 295 as well... 2 gtx680's for a 5760x1080 setup

I expect the 4gb's to be a ballpark of $100 more than 2gb reference. And in addition i'll have to wait for waterblocks to come out for it, if they ever do.. or just pay 799 for evga's 4gb water :\

It's just a tossup of paying $200+ more just to 'future proof' with more vram...

I don't think i'll commit to the 4gb, especially seeing benchmarks like this. People talk like every year developers require 25% more VRAM for their games to be played.. Crysis came out in 2007. Sure maybe in 2015 there will be one, maybe two games that benefit greatly from 4gb+ vram, but either way i'll be buying new cards in 2016ish...

I feel like it's always best to upgrade more often, rather than bigger and less often...

TL;DR, getting 2 gtx680's 2gb for surround thumb.gif
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