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Will a 2gb 7850 make a difference for me?

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November 26, 2012 7:00:58 PM

So I just ordered a 7850, thinking I got the 2gb version. Apparently I was wrong and I got the 1gb version. I'm considering sending it back and ordering a new one, but before I go through the hassle, I want to know if the extra 1gb will even make a difference, and if so, how much. I will use a single 1080p, 60hz tv for my monitor. I don't intend to get a second one. Will the 2gb 7850 show a noticeable improvement over the 1gb one when playing BF3 online? If not, I might as well stick with what I've got.
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November 26, 2012 7:10:39 PM

Yeah I would return it. I don't think that it will make a huge difference right now at 1920 x 1080 on 1 monitor though, I guess 1 GB should be enough in almost every games, but just as a precaution in case it becomes important for future games I would exchange it. Especially since the price is almost the same for the 2 GB version. It's not like those higher end models where they charge an extra 100$ for versions with more memory.
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November 26, 2012 7:17:04 PM

If they are around the same price return r 1 go. Otherwise u shud be fine. Before returning though post me your CPU Specs to make sure 2gbwont bottleneck
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November 26, 2012 7:27:50 PM

For the 7850 since the price difference is only 10$ between the 1 GB and 2 GB version I'd say it's worth it.
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November 26, 2012 7:34:11 PM

If you ordered the 2gb version, the seller should make good the difference.

If it was your mistake, it will cost you more to ship the card and possibly pay a restocking fee than any performance difference is worth.
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November 26, 2012 7:40:16 PM

The extra VRAM is used for a multiple monitor setup, and some games even take up a lot of VRAM to run, so unless your playing those games that use the extra VRAM to run then you wont see any improvement, I'm not sure at what it is but I know for sure that there are ones.
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November 26, 2012 7:45:33 PM

TheScarecrow97 said:
So I just ordered a 7850, thinking I got the 2gb version. Apparently I was wrong and I got the 1gb version. I'm considering sending it back and ordering a new one, but before I go through the hassle, I want to know if the extra 1gb will even make a difference, and if so, how much. I will use a single 1080p, 60hz tv for my monitor. I don't intend to get a second one. Will the 2gb 7850 show a noticeable improvement over the 1gb one when playing BF3 online? If not, I might as well stick with what I've got.

Here is how much video ram the games I have been playing use maxed out in 1080p:

ACIII: 1050 MB

Metro 2033: 1.5 GB

BF3: 1.6 GB

Max Payne 3: 1.5 GB

The 7850 is perfectly capable of maxing out all of those games above 30FPS besides metro. Could you turn down the AA and probably survive? Yes. But that is now. I highly recommend you send it back if it doesn't cost you much.
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November 26, 2012 8:59:17 PM

As others have stated the 7850 is fastest enough to run games at 1080p so it will be able to use the extra memory. Now if you were sure you will never plan to go over 16x10 resolution (or at least for another 2-3 yrs) then I would say keep the card.
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a b U Graphics card
November 26, 2012 9:27:17 PM

Yes, I'd just keep it. If you are in an instance where it is needed, your card won't be able to give you decent performance anyway.
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November 26, 2012 10:46:42 PM

babernet_1 said:
Yes, I'd just keep it. If you are in an instance where it is needed, your card won't be able to give you decent performance anyway.


WRONG WRONG WRONG. The 7850 is about as strong as a 6970, and it can certainly OC past it. If that isn't strong enough to need 2GB often, then a GTX 660 and HD 6970 don't either.
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November 26, 2012 11:30:02 PM

If you play bf3 get the 2gb version as you will use the extra vram. When AA is turned on the extra vram helps. If you go bigger or triple monitor your covered also.
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