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EVGA GTX 680 4GB vs 2GB for single 1080p.

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July 10, 2012 12:48:51 AM

Buying new GPU and CPU. Already settled on the 3770k but don't know whether to get the 4gb 680 or the 2gb version.

I'll be single monitoring since triple is too much for my head and I want to run BF3/skyrim/Crysis/etc (on MAX) with silky smooth 60FPS+ on my VS248h-p 1080p monitor. I know 4GB would be slightly overkill for single monitor gaming but would it help me be future proof so when I either buy a 1440p/1600p monitor or newer games (graphic intensive) come out it wont hurt the FPS and I can just dual up with another 680 4gb?

Constructive thoughts and benchmarks in these games would be HUGELY appreciated.

Thanks :) 
July 10, 2012 12:51:49 AM

You only need the 2 GB model for that resolution. If you plan on buying a higher resolution monitor in the future I would then get the 4 GB.
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July 10, 2012 12:54:29 AM

I would go with the 4GB if you can, it future proofs your system a little longer.
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July 10, 2012 1:28:29 AM

BF3 at 1080p all Ultra with AA and AF has GPU-Z telling me the max VRAM usage has been 1.8GB and I have a 2GB card (runs beautifully btw :) )

So really, 2GB is enough but if you have money to spend, why not get 4GB.
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July 10, 2012 3:38:23 AM

Guru3d's review of the Palit GTX 680 4GB Jetstream.
http://www.guru3d.com/article/palit-geforce-gtx-680-4gb...

Conclusion:
"The 4GB -- Realistically there was not one game that we tested that could benefit from the two extra GB's of graphics memory. Even at 2560x1600 (which is a massive 4 Mpixels resolution) there was just no measurable difference.

Now the setup could benefit from triple monitor setups at 5760x1080 (which is a 6 Mpixels resolution), but even there I doubt if 4 GB is really something you'd need to spend money on. It might make a difference at 16xAA and the most stringent games, or if you game in 3D Stereo and triple monitor gaming -- I mean sure -- at any point graphics memory can and will run out. There's one exception to the rule, and that's Skyrim all beefed, tweaked and modded upwards. But the universal question remains, is it worth it investing in that extra memor? This card is 90 EUR more expensive. Well that answer depends on pricing versus your demands and requriements really, the extra memory certainly won't hurt that's for sure, but sure -- the benefits remains small."
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July 10, 2012 7:13:03 AM

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July 10, 2012 3:59:15 PM

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