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Is there any use in spending extra for a 2gb GPU over a mere 1gb GPU?

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July 5, 2013 10:02:02 PM

I am planning on getting the GTX 650 ti boost and I will most likely get the 1gb version to save 20 or so dollars but what use is there in higher memory size in graphics cards?

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July 5, 2013 10:18:11 PM

Well Video Ram on your GPU would have an effect if your running a high resolution monitor like 2560x1440 resolution or if you are doing anything production based like rendering a higher video ram will have an effect.

If all you are doing is gaming, the difference between 1 and 2gb of ram shouldnt make a massive difference if your running a standard HD monitor and you're not obsessed with playing every game at max settings.

If you want more background information on video ram there is an article here on toms actually. its a bit older but the information on the video ram is still good.l http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/graphics-ram-4870,2...

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July 5, 2013 10:19:49 PM

I'd stick with the 1GB. Look at the charts here:
http://www.anandtech.com/show/6359/the-nvidia-geforce-g...

In general, if you have a very powerful card and play at 2560x1600 or on multiple monitors, more graphics RAM can help avoid stuttering (because accessing memory on the card is much faster than accessing a hard drive). The GTX 650 Ti is more of a mainstream card and doesn't really benefit from the extra memory.
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July 6, 2013 12:26:43 AM

asukafan2001 said:
Well Video Ram on your GPU would have an effect if your running a high resolution monitor like 2560x1440 resolution or if you are doing anything production based like rendering a higher video ram will have an effect.

If all you are doing is gaming, the difference between 1 and 2gb of ram shouldnt make a massive difference if your running a standard HD monitor and you're not obsessed with playing every game at max settings.

If you want more background information on video ram there is an article here on toms actually. its a bit older but the information on the video ram is still good.l http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/graphics-ram-4870,2...

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Well if I really wanted to max out every game, I doubt spending a bit extra to get more VRAM would help from the looks of some of these benchmarks. I would might as well just buy a better card in the first place :p  - but my purpose here is to get a nice graphics card for relatively cheap and it seems the extra gig of VRAM isn't worth the 20 dollars.

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July 6, 2013 6:16:16 AM

what is the resolution of ur monitor cause 650 ti boost can use the 2 gb well
if it is 1080p or above get 2 gb otherwise 1gb will be enough
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