Originally Posted by james8
yes that set up will max crysis. 'nough said
44 fps. a little overclock and you'll be in the 50s.
and don't listen to those people who say 1.5 GB is not enough. 1.5 GB is plenty for 1600p. you only need 3 GB if you are using 3 1600p panels, and by that time, you'd want tri or even quad SLI anyway. by the time that you turn on AA high enough that 1.5 GB is not enough anymore, then your fps would already below comfortable levels.
so two normal 1.5 GB GTX 580 in SLI is plenty for most games out there.
OP, I'm in agreement with james here - especially that last part. It really boils down to what games you want to play and how you want to play them. Of course, if you are looking to max out all the heavy hitting games (Crysis, Metro 2033, Dragon Age 2, etc.) then the 3GB cards would be a given, but even on a single 1600p display, you're unlikely going to see the full usage of that VRAM. However, if you're willing to compromise, you can make the 1.5GB card you already have work for you. And frankly, after spending $500 more or less on your card, wouldn't you want to see some value from it?
I play in excess of 6 million pixels (just shy of 7 million), and I can tell you that the 1.5GB 580's do a wonderful job at this resolution with anywhere from no AA to 4X AA depending on the game. At high resolutions and dense dot pitches like your's (ie. 1440p and 1600p), AA needs are highly subjective. Some may not notice or really need a high level of AA to have an enjoyable experience, while (obviously) some do.
While I think VRAM is certainly an issue that does need to be addressed, these days it seems members here automatically associate anything higher than 1080p with 2-3GB of VRAM and Crysis. Whatever happened to the enthusiast side of things? It's not all about throwing money at a problem to solve it! Play around with some settings, tweak your games a bit, and just have fun with what you have considering the fact that your card *still*
represents the top echelon of enthusiast hardware.
The main point I want to make is this: wait until your monitor arrives and play the games that *you* actually do play, and then decide where your standards for performance lie. Honesty, I think it's irresponsible of a lot of people to just dismiss your situation and just say "sell your card and get a better one." It's as if it were so easy to do (especially in Hawaii) and so easy to accept a substantial loss for a card that is barely 6 months old.
Remember, it's not their money you are spending - it's your own.