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Is there a program that actually supports this with the 5970?

I'm seeing FPS drops of over 200% from going to 1920x1200 to 2560x1600 in certain games, which I believe is due to VRAM.. I just want to confirm it.
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GPU-Z worked fine with my 5850s, but I haven't tried it with a 5970.

Rivatuner is another option.
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I'm not seeing it in the latest version of GPU-Z. Should be under the sensors tab right?


Rivatuner also doesn't work... doesn't seem to support my card at all.
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post #4 of 10
Should be under the sensor tab, yes.
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I don't think you can monitor the vram usage, I've never been able to.
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post #6 of 10
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Originally Posted by grunion View Post
I don't think you can monitor the vram usage, I've never been able to.
Sigh... so i'm just going to have to assume thats the problem and grab the new 4GB 5970 that's been announced and sell this one.

...Going into a corner and crying. $2,500 new build already having issues maxing games at my native. Starting to think 30" was a bad thing to do, I figured the 5970 wouldn't have issues with it... I never expected a 250%-300% FPS drops from 1200p due to VRAM though.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Murlocke View Post
Sigh... so i'm just going to have to assume thats the problem and grab the new 4GB 5970 that's been announced and sell this one.

...Going into a corner and crying.
Doesn't Crysis monitor usage, or is that system memory?

BTW I did some 2560x1024 testing with my 5870, did pretty well really.
All the games I tested were playable, good frames with the exception of Crysis, using AA though.
Edited by grunion - 2/25/10 at 4:17pm
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Hmm, I may have been mistaken about my 5850s. GPU-Z reads my NVIDIA cards memory usage fine, but doesn't read that of my ATI cards.

Apologies for the confusion.

Do you have an NVIDIA card that has near 1GiB of memory that you can try? It might not use exactly the same memory at the same settings, but it should be close enough to see if your bumping up against your limit. Doesn't matter if it's a slide show, you're just looking to see how much memory is used.
post #9 of 10
it's probably depend on the card's bios. my old 7200gs and 7300gt can show both vram usage and voltage with the latest cpu-z, while my new 4670 and 5670 can't. maybe the manufacturers become lazy nowadays.
Edited by z4520ft - 2/25/10 at 9:30pm
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Unless there's been some recent breakthrough that I'm unaware of (certainly possible), you cannot monitor vram usage in real-time, either on vista or windows 7.

This problem has nothing to do with nvidia/ati, or drivers, or the vga bios, or any of the rest of what you're talking about, rather it's the OS that is the problem

AFAIK for certain, if you want to monitor vram usage, you have to be on XP (or, perhaps Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard x64 ... I wouldn't know). Which, of course, means that whatever you see is only a guess of what you'd see on DX10 or DX11, but ... at least it's a start.

That's my understanding anyways, but I haven't researched it in awhile ... I suppose it could be different now so if it's changed I'd be keen to hear about how to do it.

EDIT: Okay, so I got curious, and used the googles, and here's what Unwinder had to say about it recently:

Yes, nvidia finally added API for monitoring VRAM usage and GPU usage. And yes, it will be added in future releases. But I'd like to clearly menion that nothing changed and there are still NO ways for user mode applications to know how much VRAM is in use via unified approaches. So it will start working on NVIDIA side "again" only because NVIDIA decided to contribute in this area and provided an API for accessing internal NV driver's videomemory manager statistics. So it will be available only on NVIDIA cards and only with 19x.xx series drivers, where this new API is available. ATI users may forget about getting it working "again", until ATI decide to do the same and provide access to their videomemory manager.

http://forums.guru3d.com/showthread....ram+monitoring
    
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