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January 28, 2013 2:02:31 AM

Are there any games that actually need/use more than 2 GB of video ram when using one monitor?

I see that most of the benchmarks show that with 3 or 4 GB there is no real advantage. What about a heavily moded game like Skyrim? I play it currently, but I've not modded it up too much. I've been looking at either a 7970 or a GTX 670. If I went with the 670 the benchmarks show there is no reason to get the 4GB version. But if I mod games is that still true? I may eventually play on 3 monitors, but it won't be for a while.

Skyrim doesn't seem to need loads of speed. My GTX 260 plays it just fine (frames in the 40s to 60's) with almost everything maxed at 1080p, but it stutters occasionally, mostly outdoors. I think that's memory issues.

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a c 178 U Graphics card
January 28, 2013 2:25:24 AM

Yes skryrim+ mods takes more than 2gb.you can go for hd 7970 which is better than gtx 670 and it comes with 3gb vram.
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January 28, 2013 2:38:05 AM

^I wouldn't say it's better than a 670, just faster.

A friend and I have essentially identical rigs except for the graphics card - he has a 7970 overclocked to hell and I have a 670 that's also overclocked as far as it'll go. Although he usually puts out more frames per second than I do, I like my card better, as it's smoother - on his there's a slight feeling of choppiness, even when just staring at a wall with shadows moving.
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January 28, 2013 2:49:42 AM

DarkSable said:
^I wouldn't say it's better than a 670, just faster.

A friend and I have essentially identical rigs except for the graphics card - he has a 7970 overclocked to hell and I have a 670 that's also overclocked as far as it'll go. Although he usually puts out more frames per second than I do, I like my card better, as it's smoother - on his there's a slight feeling of choppiness, even when just staring at a wall with shadows moving.



I keep hearing this... Looking at graphs of the AMD cards they spike and drop much more than Nvidia. I was considering a 670 with 4 GB, but I still don't like the 256 bit memory bandwidth. I like AA and I feel its (256 bit) marginal at best now. Seems like it'll be low in the future.
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January 28, 2013 3:05:29 AM

Hay if u use more than 1 monitor amd is better . but u use only 1 monitor nvidia is better . because amd light slow in just handle 1monitor (below 1080p) but give max performance in 1080p and above (1monitor). but nvidia is different that give max performance in only single monitor . u r insert more than 1 u see performance loss clearly in visual .

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January 28, 2013 3:08:56 AM
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January 28, 2013 3:34:27 AM

Amd is much better than nvidia when it comes to multiple displays.
February 4, 2013 1:27:03 AM

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