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How Important is Graphics Card RAM (Future Proofing)

Last response: in Graphics & Displays
June 23, 2013 6:40:38 AM

So, Question of the Day- Probably been answered 50 times but I didn't find it in search.

How important is the Graphics Memory in a new card.

The Stage:

I want to buy a GTX 770 (EVGA). The current models have 2 GB standard- which doesn't seem all that high by today's standards. I'm seeing older cards (7970, etc.) that have 3GB standard, and my 3 year old GTX 460 even has a 1GB- so up to 2Gb doesn't seem like a big leap.

I've also seen others say that the 4GB model of the GTX 770 is a waste unless you're doing some very high end dual monitor and/or well beyond 1920x1080 resolutions. ie. not worth the $50 premium in a standard setup.

I could see myself stepping up to a 2nd monitor *or* maybe a next tier of resolution in the next 2 years. We'll see- but it's not a priority for me at this time.

Think I'd regret buying a 2GB card in 2013? Or is RAM in cards really only useful up to 2GB or less in your average enthusiast setup?
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June 23, 2013 6:54:26 AM

Used to be simple ..... 1920 x 1080 x 32 bit color / 8 told ya what ya needed..... nowadays no one wants to talk about calculating requirements.

Suffice to know that RAM is proportional to resolution and 2GB is good up to 1920 x 1080.