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Poll Results: 2GB VRAM-Not enough anymore-agree or disagree

 
  • 40% (70)
    Yes--Agree
  • 31% (55)
    No--Disagree
  • 27% (47)
    Just enough
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post #301 of 374
After following this thread since its inception, I have come to the following conclusion: When I bought my 2GB GTX 670 in November, 2GB was plenty (unless running multi-monitor). However, if I had to make the same decision today, would I buy a 2GB card? Hella no...
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After following this thread since its inception, I have come to the following conclusion: When I bought my 2GB GTX 670 in November, 2GB was plenty (unless running multi-monitor). However, if I had to make the same decision today, would I buy a 2GB card? Hella no...
Thats exactly how i feel,if only i could turn back time..thumb.gif
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Not sure if this is accurate, but I've heard some people claim that the amount of VRAM a game uses depends on how much is available. In other words, a 3GB card will use more VRAM than a 2GB card on the same settings at the same resolution, so just because a game uses over 2GB on a 7970 or a Titan doesn't necessarily mean that a reference 670/680/690 would exceed the VRAM limit under the same circumstances. I assume because of how each card allocates memory - 2GB cards need to be more efficient with their VRAM than 3-6GB cards.

I think 2GB will be enough at 1080p for all but the most heavily modded games for the next 2-3 years. For 1440p, maybe a year or two.
Edited by IBYCFOTA - 5/16/13 at 6:30pm
post #304 of 374
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Not sure if this is accurate, but I've heard some people claim that the amount of VRAM a game uses depends on how much is available. In other words, a 3GB card will use more VRAM than a 2GB card on the same settings at the same resolution, so just because a game uses over 2GB on a 7970 or a Titan doesn't necessarily mean that a reference 670/680/690 would exceed the VRAM limit under the same circumstances. I assume because of how each card allocates memory - 2GB cards need to be more efficient with their VRAM than 3-6GB cards.

I think 2GB will be enough at 1080p for all but the most heavily modded games for the next 2-3 years. For 1440p, maybe a year or two.
it's called memory allocation..
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it's called memory allocation..

That's why I said "I assume because of how each card allocates memory". rolleyes.gif
post #306 of 374
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Not sure if this is accurate, but I've heard some people claim that the amount of VRAM a game uses depends on how much is available. In other words, a 3GB card will use more VRAM than a 2GB card on the same settings at the same resolution, so just because a game uses over 2GB on a 7970 or a Titan doesn't necessarily mean that a reference 670/680/690 would exceed the VRAM limit under the same circumstances. I assume because of how each card allocates memory - 2GB cards need to be more efficient with their VRAM than 3-6GB cards.

I think 2GB will be enough at 1080p for all but the most heavily modded games for the next 2-3 years. For 1440p, maybe a year or two.

This is why every forums market place is flooded with GTX 6XX for sale and there are wanted ads for HD 79XX lol.
    
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Not sure if this is accurate, but I've heard some people claim that the amount of VRAM a game uses depends on how much is available. In other words, a 3GB card will use more VRAM than a 2GB card on the same settings at the same resolution, so just because a game uses over 2GB on a 7970 or a Titan doesn't necessarily mean that a reference 670/680/690 would exceed the VRAM limit under the same circumstances. I assume because of how each card allocates memory - 2GB cards need to be more efficient with their VRAM than 3-6GB cards.

I think 2GB will be enough at 1080p for all but the most heavily modded games for the next 2-3 years. For 1440p, maybe a year or two.

This is why every forums market place is flooded with GTX 6XX for sale and there are wanted ads for HD 79XX lol.
not really man, not because of that and you've said that before.
exaggeration so calm down..

people wanting the GTX 7 series for one and they have somewhat fixed the Folding with Radeon issue.
but yes extra VRAM especially in a single GPU config can be a good thing but not the main or only reason.

smh,,,, your pro Radeon because of Bitcoin mining..
Edited by malmental - 5/16/13 at 8:20pm
post #308 of 374
Basically, if youre using a GTX6XX card (exception might be GTX690), your cards pure processing power will require you to turn down the settings before you have your VRAM bottleneck you.

Example:

Game X 60% settings = 1500 VRAM 60 fps
Game X 70% settings = 1650 VRAM 50 fps
Game X 80% settings = 1800 VRAM 40fps
Game X 90% settings = 1950 VRAM 30fps
Game X 100% settings = 2100 VRAM 20fps


Now if you run game X on 100% settings on your 2gb GTX680 youre going to bottleneck your memory and have bumps down to 2fps from time to time. But youre already at unplayable 20fps.


This is true for EVERY SINGLE GAME I have ever come in contact with.


Sure, I play on lower AA and AF settings simply because Im really picky with fps. Id rather have 60+fps with 2x AA than 30 fps with 16x AA. I have yet to come in contact with any game that will give me issues at 1080p 120hz.



I can however see the point in getting 4gb if youre going to SLI.



Can someone please post a SINGLE image of a gameplay situation at 1080p or below where youre dipping in fps on a 2gb GTX660/670/680 when your gameplay is otherwise at above an average fps of 40?


Posting modded skyrim pics will prove nothing.
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post #309 of 374
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After following this thread since its inception, I have come to the following conclusion: When I bought my 2GB GTX 670 in November, 2GB was plenty (unless running multi-monitor). However, if I had to make the same decision today, would I buy a 2GB card? Hella no...
Same here. Back when I bought mine I was told 2GB was plenty even fore a heavily modded Skyrim. If I had the choice to go back in time, I'd likely choose a 4GB model. Hell, I'd likely go with the 7950 instead of my 670 but that's a different story.
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post #310 of 374
nVidia I hope is getting the hint about minimal VRAM.
the GTX 780's will have 3GB of VRAM and there will be 4GB GTX 770's too.
not sure what they did about the bit bus specs but overall a nice boost from GTX 6 series.

Radeon made a good move last series with the VRAM and wider bus which led to stronger cards in CF-X overall.
then came the framing issues but now are getting addressed.

so hopefully a win from both camps this year and next.
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