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GPU, 1 GB or 2 GB VRAM?
03-09-2011, 01:15 AM, (This post was last modified: 03-09-2011, 01:26 AM by lardacus.)
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GPU, 1 GB or 2 GB VRAM?
Running 2 monitors, main at 1920 x 1080 and secondary at 1680 x 1050.

Trying to decide between GTX 560 Ti 1 GB VRAM, AMD 6950 2 GB VRAM flashed to 6970, or a 2 GB VRAM Palit GTX 560 Ti.

Have an i5 2500k at 4.5ghz, ASUS P8P67, 750w Corsair PSU.

Only play WoW, League of legends, TF2, L4D2, and Rift here recently. Performance isn't bad in any of them just feels the 2 high resolutions are stressing the 460 at some points.

What would suit me the best?
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03-09-2011, 09:26 AM,
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RE: GPU, 1 GB or 2 GB VRAM?
Assuming that you're playing on both monitors (as opposed to playing on one, chatting/browsing on the other), 2GB of VRAM with definitely make a difference, even more so with future games.

So, from that list, the AMD 6950 2GB flashed to a 6970, would be your best choice.
Laptop: MSI GS30 Shadow-045 Dimensions: 12.6" x 8.9" x 0.8" 2.65lbs CPU: Intel Core i7-4870HQ Quad-Core + Hyper-Threading OC 2.5-3.9GHz RAM: 16GB DDR3 1600MHz Video Card: Intel Iris Pro 5200 Storage: 2x128GB SDD RAID0 Audio: ASUS Xonar U3 USB Sound Card + Audio-Technica ATH-M50 headphones Screen: 13.3" - 1920 x 1080 IPS + 27" Dell P2715Q IPS 3840 x 2160 Keyboard: Filco Majestouch MX Cherry Blue Mouse: Logitech MX518
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03-09-2011, 10:14 AM,
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RE: GPU, 1 GB or 2 GB VRAM?
(03-09-2011, 09:26 AM)MathieuB Wrote: Assuming that you're playing on both monitors (as opposed to playing on one, chatting/browsing on the other), 2GB of VRAM with definitely make a difference, even more so with future games.

So, from that list, the AMD 6950 2GB flashed to a 6970, would be your best choice.

Sorry should have clarified that. I only game on the larger one, just have Pidgin, Grooveshark, Ventrilo and usually one or two tabs of Firefox 4 opened on the second monitor. I might dual box WoW a total of about an hour per week, so nothing too strenuous.

Only reason I have concerns all of a sudden is because I just purchased the larger LCD monitor, it is an ASUS VH238H 23" LCD backlit 1080p with HDMI. The smaller monitor is an older Acer that used to be my main and the secondary monitor to the Acer was some ancient flat screen Sony with a max resolution of 1280 x 800.

Obviously switching to the 1900 main and 1650 secondary I noticed about a 15-30 fps drop in all games. Just wondering what the best way to counter that performance loss would be.

Thanks for your input.
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03-09-2011, 01:21 PM,
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RE: GPU, 1 GB or 2 GB VRAM?
Yeah, the drop in performance is perfectly normal, it's due to switching to an higher, more demanding resolution.

I still think that the Radeon HD 6950 2GB flashed to a Radeon HD 6970 would be your best option, since that's the most powerful of these three cards.
Laptop: MSI GS30 Shadow-045 Dimensions: 12.6" x 8.9" x 0.8" 2.65lbs CPU: Intel Core i7-4870HQ Quad-Core + Hyper-Threading OC 2.5-3.9GHz RAM: 16GB DDR3 1600MHz Video Card: Intel Iris Pro 5200 Storage: 2x128GB SDD RAID0 Audio: ASUS Xonar U3 USB Sound Card + Audio-Technica ATH-M50 headphones Screen: 13.3" - 1920 x 1080 IPS + 27" Dell P2715Q IPS 3840 x 2160 Keyboard: Filco Majestouch MX Cherry Blue Mouse: Logitech MX518
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