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i hardly hit my max vram on surround
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How long are you going to keep it for? I mean if you're willing to step down to a 570 now, you'll probably be able to step up to whatever card is out when and if the games start needing more.

The 570 should be able to store any current game in vram, because it looks like the ones that go over a gig in extreme situations wouldn't do it by much.

However, sometimes games that need a ton of vRAM come out of nowhere. I remember when Quake4 came out it needed a lot more then any other game at the time, and people who had bought cards with lower overall memory were screwed for high settings.
I'm hoping to keep this setup for literally until it dies or until I can't play games with decent settings, aka medium-high, so probably 3-4 years i'm hoping.

And even though some games might need more vram, I most likely wouldn't be using them on high settings anyways, because I don't plan to sli, so the vram usage would go down, right?
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SLI doesn't require more VRAM.... all SLI does is improve processing power....

but if the processing power goes up... the only reason you may not be able to run the game maxed may be the VRAM...

that said it is nothing to worry about ATM
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SLI doesn't require more VRAM.... all SLI does is improve processing power....

but if the processing power goes up... the only reason you may not be able to run the game maxed may be the VRAM...

that said it is nothing to worry about ATM
That is my point though, since I won't be using sli, vram usage will likely never be pushed to 1.5gb, since I will reduce my settings to be able to play the game at 40-60fps. Sure, in the future I could probably utilize all of the vram, but the fps would be so low I would likely reduce the settings, therefore, not utilize the full 1.5gb of vram.
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Assuming you were able to do a straight trade down to a 570, you'd save about $150 minus the shipping cost, going by difference in newegg prices. That would be if you find someone who wished they got the 580 instead.

I mean that could get you a decent pair of headphones or something, depends on if it's worth it to you.
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That is my point though, since I won't be using sli, vram usage will likely never be pushed to 1.5gb, since I will reduce my settings to be able to play the game at 40-60fps. Sure, in the future I could probably utilize all of the vram, but the fps would be so low I would likely reduce the settings, therefore, not utilize the full 1.5gb of vram.
true.... only time will tell...

but if you are willing to lower your setting a bit and not play it at max...

when VRAM isn't a issue anyways....

because it will be a long time before 1.5Gbs or VRAM is a requirement....

the only problem of running out of VRAM is having to lower your settings so it doesn't use that much
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Assuming you were able to do a straight trade down to a 570, you'd save about $150 minus the shipping cost, going by difference in newegg prices. That would be if you find someone who wished they got the 580 instead.

I mean that could get you a decent pair of headphones or something, depends on if it's worth it to you.
I might just try to downgrade to an evga gtx 570 sc, so I could actually make use of their lifetime warranty. Normally I wouldn't use evga, since the warranty isn't transferable, but since I plan on using the card for 3 years or more, I could put it to good use.

And I wouldn't want a used evga card, it would have to be new so I could use the warranty.
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Whats a good program for monitoring vRAM? MSI afterburner doesn't give me the option.

I'd like to try a few modern games at 1600p and see how they do.
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huh? MSI afterburner lets me monitor the amount of VRAM i am using....

what version of Afterburner you running?
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huh? MSI afterburner lets me monitor the amount of VRAM i am using....

what version of Afterburner you running?
I think it might be an nvidia card thing, my last ati/amd card didn't let me monitor the vram usage either.
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