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March 7, 2013 10:10:21 PM

If I am going to be playing at 1080 only, do I need 2GB video memory?

I am planing to go with 7850, but the one I want (MSI twin frozr) has 30$ premium, so I'm wondering if it's worth it?

If not, what 1GB 7850 should I get? Main concern is noise, is there a quiet 7850, or should I just go with Twin frozr?

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a c 182 U Graphics card
March 8, 2013 2:00:42 AM

2gb is must for 1080p gaming
a b U Graphics card
March 8, 2013 2:08:19 AM

1gb used to be enough but for newer games with more textures details, 2gb will now be the standard (crysis 2 use about 1.300mb on my system so 1gb is no more enough if you want max details...)
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March 8, 2013 2:09:51 AM

Tomb Raider uses 1.8 GB for me at 1080p all settings maxed
March 8, 2013 6:58:05 AM

Thanks for the replies. Some people keep saying that 1GB is enough on 1080P so I wanted to make sure. I guess I'll go with 2GB after all, since I also want some future proofing.
a b U Graphics card
March 8, 2013 7:00:10 AM

Skyrim with mods (112) uses 2.9 gb of the 3gb on my 7950 at 1080p lol
a c 194 U Graphics card
March 8, 2013 7:06:15 AM

1gb is fine, just dont turn the texture detail right up. If you do and the memory used is over 1gb, then it uses your system ram, which is much slower and will cause stuttering in games as it has to swap back and forward between system and video ram. But yes, most games now use more than 1gb vram with the highest texture detail settings, but no games currently require more than 1gb vram to run. My advise would be to get a card with 2gb or more so long as its a gtx650ti or amd 7850 or higher. for lower end cards they dont have the processing power to process all those high res textures and details fast enough to keep it smooth, so you wouldnt turn the details up that high and wont use the vram up anyway.
March 8, 2013 8:22:58 AM

Thanks for all the comments. I'll go with 2GB. Now I have to decide between 660 and 7850, at 220$ max budget, with noise the main concern.
a b U Graphics card
March 8, 2013 11:01:28 AM

markiz said:
If I am going to be playing at 1080 only, do I need 2GB video memory?

I am planing to go with 7850, but the one I want (MSI twin frozr) has 30$ premium, so I'm wondering if it's worth it?

If not, what 1GB 7850 should I get? Main concern is noise, is there a quiet 7850, or should I just go with Twin frozr?



A HD 2GB 7870 is your best card for 1080p and you can always oc in future if required.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
little over your buddget but worth it, theres also cheper models available
Just remember its a 175 watt TDP Card
You will need to have a quality make PSU a 450Watt or better

Thanks :) 
March 8, 2013 12:26:39 PM

imomun said:
A HD 2GB 7870 is your best card for 1080p and you can always oc in future if required.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
little over your buddget but worth it, theres also cheper models available
Just remember its a 175 watt TDP Card
You will need to have a quality make PSU a 450Watt or better


I actually started with 7770, than moved on to 650, than 7850.. :) 
220$ is the absolute maximum. Budget is 200$ and I'm willing to pay 20$ premium for quality quiet aftermarket coolers/fans.
a b U Graphics card
March 8, 2013 1:25:59 PM

markiz said:
I actually started with 7770, than moved on to 650, than 7850.. :) 
220$ is the absolute maximum. Budget is 200$ and I'm willing to pay 20$ premium for quality quiet aftermarket coolers/fans.



$224.99 after $15.00 rebate

Also comes with a factory aftermarket cooler with 2 fans.

So no hassle of a search for cooler not to mention installation or warrenty violation.

(Why im feeling like im trying to sell the card im no MSI reseller) LOL

Coming from 7770 Its where you will definatly "stay" a while before your next upgrade :) 
a b U Graphics card
March 8, 2013 2:33:57 PM

markiz said:
I actually started with 7770, than moved on to 650, than 7850.. :) 
220$ is the absolute maximum. Budget is 200$ and I'm willing to pay 20$ premium for quality quiet aftermarket coolers/fans.

Look for a GTX 660 on sale - it's the best card you can get for that price.
a c 194 U Graphics card
March 8, 2013 6:19:59 PM

the gtx660 is worth the extra over the 7850, it performs similarly to 7870 they trade blows depending on the game.
March 10, 2013 8:25:14 AM

Thanks for all the advices.

I will be watching out for deals on 660 and 7870 for the next month or so, but I will be buying it in Croatia, where there's a much bigger differences between these cards.