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Hey all...was hoping to get input from anyone using 670/680 to run 2560/1600+. I am currently using a reference 680 to run a U3011 and am considering adding another but am concernened that the 2gb VRAM would be a significantly limiting factor (I've hit 2gb VRAM usage a couple times even with only 2xMSAA in BF3). Ideally with two 680s I could stretch game across my two flanking 2007FPs as well (PLP). However, as previously noted, I am worried that the VRAM will be the limiting factor, not the GPU horsepower. Can anyone with 2 GTX680 2gb cards running at 2560/1600+ comment...is the VRAM a significantly limiting factor?
Thanks all

Hey there mate. The vram debate always comes up in this or other topics under 1440p or 1600p and that is normal.

Currently unless you are using lots of texture packs in skyrim or Crysis2 than the extra vram does not really give much benefit. I have a 4GB GPU and I can see as much as 2300 GB of Vram usage in BF3, but it uses so much because I have a lot to spare. If a GPU has only 2GB of vram, than BF3 lingers around 1800-1900 as far as people tell.

But one can never know what the future might bring. Right now the 4gb MIGHT be a luxury but if you are to keep these GPUs for 2-3 years than 4GB might be a better option to go.

Noone can tell if your 2GB vram will be a bottleneck in Crysis 3 or Battlefield 4 or any other game.

However for now, 2GB is perfectly fine.
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Thanks for the feedback iARDAs...trying to determine whether to get another 2gb 680, possibly a 4gb 680 or wait for next gen.

Here's a pic for the club...U3011 run by EVGA GTX680 (reference)...flanked by 2007FPs.

 

post #993 of 6172
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Hey all...was hoping to get input from anyone using 670/680 to run 2560/1600+. I am currently using a reference 680 to run a U3011 and am considering adding another but am concernened that the 2gb VRAM would be a significantly limiting factor (I've hit 2gb VRAM usage a couple times even with only 2xMSAA in BF3). Ideally with two 680s I could stretch game across my two flanking 2007FPs as well (PLP). However, as previously noted, I am worried that the VRAM will be the limiting factor, not the GPU horsepower. Can anyone with 2 GTX680 2gb cards running at 2560/1600+ comment...is the VRAM a significantly limiting factor?
Thanks all

I don't believe that Nvidia or ATI supports PLP gaming. I wish they did....

If you manage to get it working by stretching the game across multiple screens in windowed mode I believe it only uses a single GPU. SLI and Crossfire are reserved for full screen applications AFAIK. redface.gif
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^ Thanks for the input...and no, neither support PLP which sucks.  I have been able to spread some games across screens when windowed and some using SoftTH.  However, in BF3 if I have any AA enabled it maxes out VRAM and crashes within minutes...it works ok with AA off.  That is a good point that only one card will be utilized if not fullscreen.  Generally, I'm fine using just 2560x1600...would like a little better performance though.  I would consider getting a 4gb 680 to use when spanning screens (which would address my VRAM issues when using this config although a single 680 would be pressed at 4960x1600) and use both when on a single screen...which brings up a question.  There wouldn't be any issues SLIing a 2gb and 4gb 680, would there?  How about a 2gb 680 and 4gb 670?

post #995 of 6172
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^ Thanks for the input...and no, neither support PLP which sucks.  I have been able to spread some games across screens when windowed and some using SoftTH.  However, in BF3 if I have any AA enabled it maxes out VRAM and crashes within minutes...it works ok with AA off.  That is a good point that only one card will be utilized if not fullscreen.  Generally, I'm fine using just 2560x1600...would like a little better performance though.  I would consider getting a 4gb 680 to use when spanning screens (which would address my VRAM issues when using this config although a single 680 would be pressed at 4960x1600) and use both when on a single screen...which brings up a question.  There wouldn't be any issues SLIing a 2gb and 4gb 680, would there?  How about a 2gb 680 and 4gb 670?

It will use the lower amount of RAM if you used mismatched cards. In all honesty I would think you would be able to drop to dual 4GB 670s for about the same price. You could also consider 7970s if you wanted.
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I'm not about to take another picture for the sake of proving this is my build, so you can keep me off the official spreadsheet at your discretion.


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Even if you go over a small tweak can be made and your still playing the game at near maxed settings.
2GB frame buffer is enough, my next GPU will be 4GB atleast though.

But I am very happy with my 670's performance and plan on keeping it for a long time, maybe eventually going SLi.
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I'm not about to take another picture for the sake of proving this is my build, so you can keep me off the official spreadsheet at your discretion.

7680x1440 on Crossfired 6950's.

no reason to get all in a tissy.
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I'm not about to take another picture for the sake of proving this is my build, so you can keep me off the official spreadsheet at your discretion. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
7680x1440 on Crossfired 6950's.

I never put my name in my picture of my stuff but I was allowed in, just make sure you got a trustworthy face thumb.gif
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Is 550$ for a manufacturer refurbished U2711 27" Ultrasharp Widescreen Matte LCD Display P/N: (D971T) an ok price? What about $600 for a used non-refurbished? I want to upgrade from 1080p considering I hear everyone say there is no reason ever go back. All I do is game and the occasional movie now and again.
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