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September 5, 2012 3:49:45 PM

When I search this into Google I find people saying yes it is enough/2GB may give a slight advantage for 1920x1080 (which I play at) but games may require more VRAM "in the future". This would be fine but I can't find when they posted that so their future could be now, if that makes sense. So at September 2012 is 1GB enough RAM for a GPU at 1920x1080?

I'm curious as too if monitor size (not resolution) comes into play as I use a 32" monitor.

BTW the card I'm looking at id the HD 7850, the price difference between 1GB and 2GB versions isn't massive but I don't want too spend money that could be put towards a new mouse.

Thanks in advance

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a c 103 U Graphics card
September 5, 2012 4:04:49 PM

If I were you I would just go with the 2gb 7850 for peace of mind...you may see very little performance difference but there is a reason why amd put the 7850 with 2gb of ram from the beginning. When it comes to upgrading pc components my motto is put more money down now and be happy later....I always go for the slightly better performing option bc I know down the road I wont regret it. besides the 1gb version really isnt any cheaper...I found a 2gb version of the 7850 for $17.56 less after shipping and rebate

2gb card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

1gb card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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a c 103 U Graphics card
September 5, 2012 4:19:12 PM

^^ yea I agree to that I would get a 7870 but if the budget is tight and a 7850 is stretching it to the max as it is I would just get that sapphire 7850 and use the extra cash for the mouse you were talking about...unless you can push the extra $50 bucks or so totally worth it
a c 185 U Graphics card
September 5, 2012 4:28:28 PM

Game developers try to use as much vram from the graphics card as possible, thats why some people see different Vram usage on the exact same resolution and image settings.
If you play on a 1920x1080p monitor resolution or lower and don't change Antialiasing settings (AA) , Anisotropic filtering (AF) and other eye-candy for todays games, 1gb is enough if you dont heavily mod games.That being said a 7850 is not very good it's decent nothing more i agree with the others get a 7870
September 5, 2012 4:31:49 PM

I've decided to go with 2gb but unfortunately I really don't want too stretch to the 7870 as I'm 15 and my money is scarce. I'm stuck between 2 separate versions of the card, Reference design and Sapphire. The stock cooler of the Sapphire fits with the look of my build but it uses a custom PCB which is unfortunate as I'm looking to water cool in the future and the only full block I can find is for the reference PCB. However the cooler the on the reference design will really stick out. Does anyone know if the Sapphire cooler is any good, if so I might not bother with water?
a c 173 U Graphics card
September 5, 2012 4:32:46 PM

I would do my best to get a 2GB card. More and more games are needing the 2GB. And with a console refresh on its way it will probably only get worse.

You can limit the ram usage somewhat by lower the AA. It's not really needed at 1080 that much anyways. But if you are an AA freak then 2GB is what you'll want.
a c 103 U Graphics card
September 5, 2012 4:33:33 PM

I would stick with the cooler on the sapphire card...sapphire makes good cards and the 7850 doesnt run too hot...you said it yourself you are 15 and money is tight watercooling is an expensive venture...I would stay away from it until you are in a position where you can go balls to the wall with it.
a b U Graphics card
September 5, 2012 4:53:01 PM

i wouldnt bother with watercooling unless you spend around 2000+ on your entire rig.

a b U Graphics card
September 5, 2012 5:20:32 PM

yea dont water cool. as for 7850 definately go for 2gb . and dont recommend him 7870 for JUST $50 more. you may as well say 7950 for another $50 more. and so it goes on. so just stick with 7850 2gb . choose either sapphire or HIS.
a b U Graphics card
September 5, 2012 5:26:30 PM

its technically 25 after MIR
September 5, 2012 5:34:06 PM

drums101 said:
I would stick with the cooler on the sapphire card...sapphire makes good cards and the 7850 doesnt run too hot...you said it yourself you are 15 and money is tight watercooling is an expensive venture...I would stay away from it until you are in a position where you can go balls to the wall with it.


Your right, to be honest I only want too water cool because of the aesthetic of it but it is really expensive and not necessary for me. Sapphire it is.

Also I was just wondering when you said "balls to the wall" do you watch the NCIX/Linus' YouTube channel, just he says it and I've never heard it anywhere else. :) 
a b U Graphics card
September 5, 2012 5:34:37 PM

lol yeah thats where i heard it
September 5, 2012 6:15:43 PM

TheBigTroll said:
lol yeah thats where i heard it

LOL I watch nearly all the vids on both channels but I've never even been on the NCIX website!
a c 103 U Graphics card
September 5, 2012 6:28:08 PM

haha I meant balls to the wall like go about it hardcore and go all in.
September 5, 2012 6:34:29 PM

@ 1080P 1gb of vram will cut it just fine in most games. Processing power matters more. 7870 is indeed a better deal too.
September 5, 2012 6:47:25 PM

Pfft. That whole future proofing concept needs to die. Computers are not future proof in the slightest.

When a card that has 2GB of VRam which is made for today's games that use <1GB of VRam, what makes you think that the card will be able to effectively use that >1GB on games that will need that much? The card will be too slow for the >1GB to be of any beneficial use.
September 5, 2012 7:05:47 PM

MajinCry said:
Pfft. That whole future proofing concept needs to die. Computers are not future proof in the slightest.

When a card that has 2GB of VRam which is made for today's games that use <1GB of VRam, what makes you think that the card will be able to effectively use that >1GB on games that will need that much? The card will be too slow for the >1GB to be of any beneficial use.


Yep, I have been there with a 1gb HD4670. Plenty of ram, no lag, but poor frames because of weak GPU processing power.
a c 103 U Graphics card
September 5, 2012 7:16:59 PM

I am not saying that 1gb is not enough but why go for the 1gb version when the 2gb version is like $15 cheaper...and has a better cooling setup on it.
a b U Graphics card
September 6, 2012 12:05:44 AM

if the 2gb is cheaper, why not? the 7850 was meant to be 2gb anyways.

you should go to their website. it will confuse the crap out of you (for the first time :D )given there could be 3 different hyperlinks to the same product
a b U Graphics card
September 6, 2012 1:07:39 AM

how can the 2gb version be cheaper than 1gb. its usually the other way around
a b U Graphics card
September 6, 2012 1:14:31 AM

dunno
September 6, 2012 4:14:00 PM

mohit9206 said:
how can the 2gb version be cheaper than 1gb. its usually the other way around



Thats how marketing scams u ;) 
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