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HD Radeon 4870 - 1920x1080 res games, 512mb or 1gb?

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January 26, 2009 6:20:42 PM

I'm planning on building a new comp with this vid card using 1920x1080 resolution (a 23" monitor i bought recently that was on sale) and was wondering if i should spend the extra cash to get the 1gb or the 512mb version. And what about dual monitors, I plan on using my old 19" monitor 1280x1024 just to have 2 screens to make it easier to display 2 things at once. Will the memory play a huge role in that?
January 26, 2009 6:41:31 PM

You have to buy the 1GB for that res...
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January 26, 2009 6:45:24 PM

^+1

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January 26, 2009 6:53:39 PM

^^^^++1
Do n`t expect the 1 Gb version to be much (if any) faster, but it will be much smoother and will help to eliminate the stuttering the 512 Mb card can suffer when, for example turning quickly or entering a busy room or area.
January 26, 2009 7:30:56 PM

i thought you needed the xtra mem on 1gb for higher FPS on a high res like that...
January 26, 2009 7:52:27 PM

So the 512mb is doable...but the 1gb is just better for the resolution? Or is the 512mb just impossible to display on a 1920x1080 resolution and I must go with the 1gb version.
January 26, 2009 9:46:05 PM

with the 512mb you'll be talking 15fps lower i estimate...
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January 26, 2009 10:15:25 PM

+1 for the 1gb

in higher rez the textures that should fit into the vram get bigger and therefore need more ram, additionally graphical effects like AA etc also take their fair share.

If the ram cant hold all of the stuff, the rest will be pushed to the main memory or, even worse, to the swap file on HDD. This will practically kill your framerates, you'll be lucky to get like 10% of what the card would otherwise be capable of.

the point where 512mb is too little is usually somewhere around/between 1680x1050 or/and 1920x depending on the game (and the AA etc settings)

in the recent reviews you can notice how the GTX295 literally dies in some games when going from 1900x (typically 24'') to 2560x (30'') while the 4870x2 only takes a 'minor' hit. thats the effect of having 'just' 896mb of vram on the gtx versus 1gb on the x2 per core.

(but if the needed amount of vram is say 400mb then there wont be any performance difference between the 512 and 1gb cards. in that case the extra ram wont be used at all)
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January 26, 2009 10:28:22 PM

well that xbitlabs link shows quite small differences. lol :whistle: 
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