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560ti 1gb vs 2gb

Going to be getting a 560ti, and need to choose between 1gb and 2gb. I will also possibly do sli in the future. Would there be any major advantages to the 2gb over the 1gb? Also, would be getting the 560ti 448core be worth the extra $?

1gb- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130610

2gb- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130683

448 core- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130738

Last question, would be getting an evga card good enough, or should i get msi with Twin Frozr II? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127565

Other info: Using 23" monitor (1920x1080)-Already own monitor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236117
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  1. At 1080p you won't really see much, if any, advantage from the extra memory. If at some point you plan to SLI and move to a higher resolution or Nvidia Surround/3 monitors then the extra memory would be worthwhile. The 448 core card is 10-15% faster on average. Whether that is worth the extra money is up to you.
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    Depends on the game and quality settings. I can max out 1024 MB of VRAM at 1680x1050 with an overclocked GTX 460 before the GPU can't handle it in at least three games I own (using maximum in game settings). In other words, FPS is smooth up to the point it hits 1024 MB of VRAM used. Skyrim is the latest game to be like that for me.

    Get the 2GB version if you can afford the extra $40 or whatever, especially if you plan to SLI someday. Don't gimp your multi-gpu setup with insufficient RAM.
  3. jeffredo said:
    Depends on the game and quality settings. I can max out 1024 MB of VRAM at 1680x1050 with an overclocked GTX 460 before the GPU can't handle it in at least three games I own (using maximum in game settings). In other words, FPS is smooth up to the point it hits 1024 MB of VRAM used. Skyrim is the latest game to be like that for me.

    Get the 2GB version if you can afford the extra $40 or whatever, especially if you plan to SLI someday. Don't gimp your multi-gpu setup with insufficient RAM.



    I agree. BF3 multiplayer easily maxes out my 1gb vram on my gtx 460 at 1680 x 1050 w/ everything maxed out. If I was to buy a card today I'd buy a 2gb card. I don't want my vram to be my bottleneck.
  4. I agree also.
    If you want maximum settings and you plan to SLI get a 2GB card. Personally I would side with 2X standard 560 TI cards, not the 448 core version.

    Mactronix :)
  5. For what it worth, I've used a couple of 560Ti setups (both SLI), one with 1GB cards another with 2GB cards. I've never had a memory bottleneck on these cards. Typical usage in Skyrim with HD textures is around 800-900MB at 1080p and all settings on max according to MSI Afterburner. So, close, but not quite a bottleneck. I think I'd spend my money on a better cooling solution than the extra 1GB of memory if I were to buy them again.

    The cards I had originally were PNY GTX 560 Ti OC2 (900MHz) 1GB GDDR5, my current cards are EVGA GTX 560 Ti Superclocked (900MHz) 2GB GDDR5.

    EDIT: Also, both setups manage 60+ fps and the cards run pretty quietly aroud 70-80'C.
  6. Best answer selected by dylwing23.
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