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Is 2GB Vram enough to play BF3 etc at 2560x1440

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July 8, 2012 3:38:08 AM

I am about to get a new GTX 680 and wanted to know if 2GB VRAM will be enough to play BF3 and other games at highest setting on a 2560x1440 monitor. I also want this card to last me a good amount of time to play new releases. Or should I look at getting the 4GB version.
a c 624 U Graphics card
July 8, 2012 3:40:28 AM

Looks like you'll be running in the 40 FPS:
http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/2012-vga-gpgpu/13-Ba...

I don't think the 4 GB of VRAM will help at all until you get up into the triple screens gaming. Another issue that is not generally well understood is that BF3 streams textures, rather than pre-loading them. It will use a lot of memory, but really it's set up to use whatever you have available. It's subtle, but that means you don't NEED more memory, but it will use it if you have it.
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July 8, 2012 3:44:25 AM

Well I plan on running them in SLI. I just want to know if 2GB VRAM is going to cause me problems running at this resolution.
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a c 106 U Graphics card
July 8, 2012 3:47:52 AM

Whomastadon said:
Well I plan on running them in SLI. I just want to know if 2GB VRAM is going to cause me problems running at this resolution.


SLI/Crossfire does not increase vram

A 2gb model + a 2gb model =/= 4gb vram. it will only come out as 2.
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July 8, 2012 3:49:20 AM

I'm pretty keen on sticking with Nvidia after having problems with radeon drivers. But yeah, still wanting to know if 2GB vram is going to cause me problems playing at 2560x1440
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July 8, 2012 3:50:49 AM

vmem said:
if you're willing to cash out for the 4GB version, you're really better off with the 7970 lightning. same if not better performance at your resolution for cheaper :) 

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Sigh... I know lol. I was referring to him saying I'm only going to get 40fps.
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a c 624 U Graphics card
July 8, 2012 3:56:13 AM

Whomastadon said:
I'm pretty keen on sticking with Nvidia after having problems with radeon drivers. But yeah, still wanting to know if 2GB vram is going to cause me problems playing at 2560x1440

I already answered that... No.

This review shows identical performance between the 2GB and 4GB versions:
http://www.guru3d.com/article/palit-geforce-gtx-680-4gb...
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a c 91 U Graphics card
July 8, 2012 3:56:52 AM

well, if you're keen on sticking with Nvidia, any chance you can wait for the 660 to come out maybe in a month or two?

the reason I say this is that it would allow you to triple SLI, which generally experiences less microstuttering. while a pair of 670 will provide you with an "overkill" amount of fps now to eliminate this issue, I can see microstuttering becoming a problem with future games if you SLI
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