Does more than 2gb video ram matter?

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When does having more than 2gb video ram matter in reguards to gaming, 3D design, rendering and video editing?
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  1. Hi,

    for gaming here's the answer in a great read up:

    http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/graphics-card-myths,review-32882-5.html

    Hope this helps.

    Quote:

    If you own a 1 GB card and a 1080p display, there's probably no need to upgrade right this very moment. A 2 GB card would let you turn on more demanding AA settings in most games though, so consider that a minimum benchmark if you're planning a new purchase and want to enjoy the latest titles at 1920x1080.

    As you scale up to 1440p, 1600p, 2160p or multi-monitor configurations, start thinking beyond 2 GB if you also want to use MSAA. Three gigabytes becomes a better target (or multiple 3 GB+ cards in SLI/CrossFire).
  2. Yes it does. I would go 3gb min and 4gb pref.
  3. chiptouz said:
    Yes it does. I would go 3gb min and 4gb pref.


    How does it affect things when doing 3D graphics, design, graphic design and video editing?

    Currently I have a old Dell monitor at 60hz and the highest resolution is 1680x1050.
  4. for 1080p 2gb is fine except in modded skyrim or ridiculously high levels of AA. for 1440p 2gb starts cutting it close in a few games and msaa/ssaa needs to be at no higher than 2x.
  5. nikoli707 said:
    for 1080p 2gb is fine except in modded skyrim or ridiculously high levels of AA. for 1440p 2gb starts cutting it close in a few games and msaa/ssaa needs to be at no higher than 2x.


    I was thinking about getting the the GTX 580 1.5gb to use in my pc I have now when I upgrade to the new pc or maybe even use it in the new build.

    How would this do?
  6. well a 580 is still somewhat powerful, its more compared to right inbetween a gtx660 and a gtx660ti. the newer cards have certain optimizations that may in certain games make the 660 equal to the 580 and other games the 580 is equal to the 660ti though not many. that said the 580 has a massive 384bit memory lane and should still perform near the same as 2gb on a 660/660ti as far as vram is concerned. you can get a gtx660 for around $190 or so and a 270x is slighly faster but costs a little bit more. if your trying to budget yourself for the long haul and your getting the 580 for a decent price, like under $150, then its definitely an option. just keep your anti-aliasing around 2xWhatever so you dont load up the vram and you should be fine, if your at 1080p.
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