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which should i choose for the price? GTX 650 ti boost 1gb or 650ti boost 2gb

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December 28, 2013 12:49:08 PM

with a limited amount of resources, which card is better for the money? i have seen that some games will use up to 2gb of gddr5 video ram, but i am uncertain of which is better? could i play bf4 and cod ghosts with the 1 gb card? would that affect my performance by a little or a lot? again with limited resources (money) i find it hard to make my decision. this is why i ask for help. thank you in advance
-dkino14
December 28, 2013 12:52:16 PM

depends on what resoultion you play at. 1920x1080p in bf4 requires a 2gb card
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December 28, 2013 12:56:23 PM

You can play those games with either card. You Will have to play at lower settings on the 1Gb card. Specifically you will have to turn down Anti Aliasing as this eats up GPU RAM.

If you don't turn down the setting to keep you use of GPU RAM below what you have, you see terrible "stutters" in game play. (even thou FPS might be decent...)

I play BF3 & BF4 on a 1Gb AMD 5870. High settings on BF3 and Medium settings on BF4....

NOTE: you can use MSI AfterBurner to view/monitor GPU RAM used so you can tweak you game settings to keep RAM down

But as always, want to go faster, always cost more money... (for a 2Gb card)
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December 28, 2013 1:00:32 PM

jb6684 said:
You can play those games with either card. You Will have to play at lower settings on the 1Gb card. Specifically you will have to turn down Anti Aliasing as this eats up GPU RAM.

If you don't turn down the setting to keep you use of GPU RAM below what you have, you see terrible "stutters" in game play. (even thou FPS might be decent...)

I play BF3 & BF4 on a 1Gb AMD 5870. High settings on BF3 and Medium settings on BF4....

NOTE: you can use MSI AfterBurner to view/monitor GPU RAM used so you can tweak you game settings to keep RAM down

But as always, want to go faster, always cost more money... (for a 2Gb card)


thanks for the input, and you have shown me that the 2 gb is better. thanks
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December 28, 2013 1:03:39 PM

Two major things determine the amount of VRAM you will use: Resolution, and Anti-aliasing (AA). The more you have of either, the more VRAM you can expect to be using. For the most part though resolution will eat up a much bigger chunk of VRAM than Anti-aliasing.

Basically, mostly think about the resolution you'll be playing on. If you're playing on a monitor that's 1366x768, you could pretty easily go for 1 GB of GDDR5. However, if you're going for 1600x900 or 1920x1080, then 2 GB will be necessary, especially in the case of the latter. For some games you could probably get away with 1 GB of VRAM at 1600x900, but 2 would be safer for optimal performance. VRAM is important at higher resolution because they're more pixels that must be stored inside a buffer. Buffers are created inside the VRAM, and if there isn't enough VRAM to go around, you can't have a complete buffer resulting in terrible frame rate if the resolution is too high, even if the GPU itself is capable of rendering frames fast enough to produce a good frame rate. That's why for 1600x900 or 1920x1080, it's more optimal to have 2 GB.
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