Originally Posted by crazyeyesreaper
and i can tell you right now ive more then a few games in my possesion that use more then 1gb of Vram depending on the settings
Metro will easily hit 1400+ mb at 1920x1200
My modded oblivion install will hit 1.1-1.2gb rather easily,
2gb will be needed this year not 3 years from now, If i can take a 5 year old title and hit 1.2gb of vram usage with just shadow tweaks and a texture upgrade to 2048, Newer titles will easily surpass that,
Tessellation can hit nearly 200-300mb of usage alone and Direct Compute itself can use a large chunk of memory, i think the blur filter for metro uses a sizable chunk for instance, cant really test it for certain but if i remember right DX10 mode vs DX11 mode was a near 300-500mb jump depending on location and settings. Really i think its gonna come down to games that get released this holiday season aka Battlefield 3 and the like the new games that roll out will be hitting the 1gb barrier and then some, rather quickly.
Thanks and you have said what I've tried saying for a while now and most benchmarks have also proven out is the extra memory can make a difference. It can depend on what you run on your system but if you want to play games like the Elder Scrolls including the new one coming out soon and the fallout games the extra memory can be a nice addition and the price difference isn't all that much so I would only go with the 2GB cards. It also (I've read and can only go by what was said there) that it also follows into crossfire performance having the 2GB cards over the 1GB.
But it's all up to who ever wants what one and their reasons but all information should be noted and made very clear before anyone recommends one over the other.
Ok on that.
Now a unlocked or mod. bios 6950 beating a 6970? I'd love to know how this is possible other than a fluke GPU. and memory on the 6970 that any 6950 could out do a 6970 by 3%. That just goes right off the logic trail into area's I can not even come close to a validation. Something had to be wrong somewhere. I wouldn't even try the power color 6970 card I got, it runs stock overclocked at 940Mhz with 1450 memory and I can go up to 1Ghz no probs and 1700 memory without touching the voltage though I honestly say I didn't test it's long term stability, just played a few games and set it back but it ran cool and ran the games for a few hours, crysis 2 and fallout vegas game at max settings but res on a HD TV running at 1080P settigns.
I'm very sorry but I have to question the speed winners on those 2 cards. And like who I'm quoting off of and agree with the extra memory is used with some current games and soon the new Elder Scroll skyrm game (I think that is the title name) will be another game that will want more than the 1GB. I'd recheck your findings and do this one over again please?
I just can not agree with it. Sorry, I don't mean to sound nasty but more like a question mark on the issues other than a good way to unlock the card.