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HD 7850 - 1GB or 2GB - need help to decide

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  1. mDee

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    Hi all,

    I'm looking to upgrade to a new video card this holiday season and I'm pretty much set on a 7850 but I can't decide between the 1GB or 2GB version. These are my specs:

    1090T @ 3.8GHz
    Asrock 870 Extreme3
    Seasonic X-560W
    2x ASUS 22" - 1920x1080

    My current card is a Sapphire 5750 (512MB) which is really struggling to play games @ 1080p while simultaneously driving a second monitor. Games like Mass Effect 2 run smoothly (max VRAM usage is about 350MB) but Company of Heroes flat lines with over 500MB of usage. I used to game @ 1680x1050 and it wasn't a problem but since upgrading to 1920x1080 and attaching a second display the card is pretty much overtaxed - and I can't blame it. It's been a great budget performer for me for over 2 years.

    Techpowerup's review of the Club3D 7850 1GB Royal Queen makes it clear that it can game @1080p just as well as the 2GB version. I'm just a little worried that with my second display demanding its portion of VRAM the remaining amount will be a bit too borderline for AA/AF fancy titles like The Witcher 2 and, I assume, Assassins' Creed III. So 2GB might be the more future-resistant choice, but I lack the insight to say this with any certainty. :wtf:

    Here's the thing, though. The 1GB version (Sapphire's in this case) can be had for €125 here in Europe (special offer: down from €150). So, right now, the gap to the 2GB version is a lot bigger than it is in the US; here the 2GB costs €170 or more. I'm on a budget so the 1GB version is really tempting ... I just don't know if I'll regret not getting the 2GB. :banghead:

    Your thoughts on this would be very much appreciated. :toast:
     
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    1 GB, especially with the large price difference.

    you're not gonna use the second display for gaming, right?
     
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    I would say the 1GB if the price difference is that big.

    I would also say you should look around a bit more, maybe find a 2GB a bit lower. Im not sure what your options in the EU are.
     
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    No, just one display for gaming. Disconnecting the second display while gaming is an option, but I'd rather not. The whole point of having a second monitor is for it to be a convenience, right? :)

    I haven't seen the 2GB version for anything less than €170 (France) and €177 (Netherlands). I'd love to be wrong though. :D
     
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    Yeah, newegg :rockout:
     
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    the second monitor will not use any memory (black during gaming) or use 8 MB (windows gui 1920x1080x4)
     
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    Really? Only 8 MB? That is good to know. I guess I had overestimated its impact on available VRAM then. Thanks for the info. :toast:
     

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