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Alright, so I have a 27inch 120hz 1080p monitor and two 780ti superclocked graphic cards. Is 3 gb of Vram enough for these new games coming out like watchdogs, witcher 3, division and so on and so forth? I'd really hate to have to get a new GPU just because a game almost eats up 3gb of vram...but hopefully I won't have to for a while biggrin.gif Any ideas?
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3GB will be enough for a while, especially if you're only running at 1080p.

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Yes 1080p 3Gb will be plenty for many years to come.
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Yes 1080p 3Gb will be plenty for many years to come.

^this. 3 will be enough for a good while. you'll read/hear views to the contrary . . . prolly more soon as the higher vram cards come out.wink.gif
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Video cards under $199 don't come with anywhere near 3 gb of ram.

Video cards under $199 make up the vast majority of the video card market.

Game makers would be shooting themselves squarely in the butt by requiring 3 gb to run games.
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Video cards under $199 don't come with anywhere near 3 gb of ram.

Video cards under $199 make up the vast majority of the video card market.

Game makers would be shooting themselves squarely in the butt by requiring 3 gb to run games.

Minimum requirements, no i don't see using more then a 1GB card any time in the next several years, but if you want to play at higher settings or maxed settings some games even today use up atleast 3GB
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Minimum requirements, no i don't see using more then a 1GB card any time in the next several years, but if you want to play at higher settings or maxed settings some games even today use up atleast 3GB

At 1440p, I can run the Hitman bench, Metro LL bench and Tomb Raider bench at max everything including AA and get around 1.5 gigs.

Of course, if you go 4k then there might be an issue assuming you are using tons of unnecessary AA like some reviews do.

Triple 1080p monitors is really the only type of setup I'd worry about 3gb on.
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Keep in mind this...

- Anti-Aliasing (excluding FXAA/SMAA) is the single most VRAM hoarding setting

- I ffind that any of my 1440p monitors looks BETTER with "just" FXAA than 1080p monitors with up to 4x MSAA and almost identical to 8x

Contrary to what I have heard and read countless times (probably 9/10 were just people parroting back something they'd heard), I have found that I get equivalent performance at all identical settings on my 1440p displays, running FXAA, compared to the 1080p running 4x MSAA or higher, and the 1440p looks SIGNIFICANTLY BETTER. I have tested this with both my SLI 680 Lightning's (2GB, Aquacomputer AquagraFX FC blocks, at 1493core/7844mem) as well as my SLI 780Ti Classifieds (H2O, 3GB, 1312core/8108mem). CPU is 3930K@5Ghz and 16GB (4x4) 2133c9 @ 2540 9-12-11-26 1T.

I don't have a chart or anything, it was just something I did for my own curiosity, but the performance difference never exceeded 9pct and was usually within a few frames.
And, most importantly, even the Lightning's with "just" 2GB VRAM NEVER ONCE ran low on memory.

My (I believe to be informed) opinion is that the whole "OMG I need a billionz VRAM's or I will fail everything" trend is not reallyjustified.

Sure, if yyou are looking for 1440p with 8x MSAA then the more the merrier, but I also think that it's ridiculous, and that the difference is SO INCREDIBLY SMALL, that people claim to see a "big difference" with anythingmmore than a low-moderate amount of AA at this res or higher.
   
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3GB will be enough for a while, especially if you're only running at 1080p.

This is something that i was wondering as well.

Recently i got MSI 780ti (3GB) , and i have Acer G24 monitor, so far this monitor is good for my needs.
I was reading that 6GB version of this card is coming out, so, what is the point then? if 3GB will be enough for years?
Is it for people with multiple monitors\biger screens or?

Also, "how" do you guys know this will be enough for another 2-4 years (lets say).

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This is something that i was wondering as well.

Recently i got MSI 780ti (3GB) , and i have Acer G24 monitor, so far this monitor is good for my needs.
I was reading that 6GB version of this card is coming out, so, what is the point then? if 3GB will be enough for years?
Is it for people with multiple monitors\biger screens or?

Also, "how" do you guys know this will be enough for another 2-4 years (lets say).

Thank you!

6GB will be useful for people running 4K or surround setups (7680x1440 for example), some games do need more than 3GB at those resolutions.

 

We don't know for sure that it will be enough for 4 years, it's just an educated estimation based on trends. Currently there aren't many games that need 2GB on max graphics, even at 1440p, people will tell you differently but they don't understand what memory allocation is. :p 

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