SickBeast, i can't sleep and i looked back over some of your posts .. and i have to say that YOU have really changed your mind about vRAM
Dec 18, 2010, you told Gstanford that 2GB was useless for anything except 2560x1600 with 8xAAviewtopic.php?f=6&t=22170&hilit=gtx+460+768MB&start=90#p44495
Dec 18, 2010 - we *warned* you about getting a card for SLI with 768MB of vRAM and GStanford also warned you about hacking SLI on a CF board:viewtopic.php?f=6&t=22170&hilit=gtx+460+768MB&start=80#p44466
But you said
do still have my 8800GTS 320mb, which is why the 768mb version of the GTX 460 is so appealing to me. It will be a massive upgrade for me.
I've learned to live with a smaller frame buffer by disabling AA and sometimes lowering the texture slider a bit. I game at 1920x1200, and if the GTX 460 can give me 4XAA with all settings maxed out, I'll be happy.
With all the people that still use 512mb cards out there, I highly doubt that developers are going to make their games unplayable on a 768mb GPU. With the popularity of the GTX 460, I'm sure that game devs will make sure that their software will run fine with 768mb of video memory.
Most of the time right now, that extra 256mb of memory would be wasted because the games don't even take advantage of it. If you look at the 5% performance delta between the 1gb and 768mb cards, that is directly attributable to the extra stream processors and the higher memory bandwidth.
I'd be interested in seeing some benchmarks where games are seriously held back by 768mb of video memory.
My next post said:
Check the slideshow minimums with just about any Unreal3 Engine game at 1920x1200 when you crank up the AA with a GTX 460-768M including Batman and Borderlands; Also GTA-IV
-- the 1GB version has no such issue
Check any of my recent reviews beginning with the HD 68x0 launch article in October to see the GTX 460-768M compared with quite a few other cards
What is the price difference between the 1GB and the 768M version?
Now take that difference and tell me how much it will cost more per month over 2 years and i will tell you to save up for a little longer and get the 1GB version
Quite prophetic of i say so myself. This is a good forum!
Two days later we got this from youviewtopic.php?f=52&t=22208&p=44608&hilit=gtx+460+768MB#p44596
Not worth $40 more than the 768mb version IMO.
If it were selling for $140, then I would consider it.
In the next post, tviceman said, "hell yes it is"
Then you became very self-prophetic on March 15, 2011 after we asked you if you were satisfied with your GTX 768MB card and it is obvious you were considering SLI then as you are CF nowviewtopic.php?f=4&t=22669&p=48025&hilit=gtx+460+768MB#p48026
Well, I'm going to wait it out a bit before looking for a replacement. I haven't been gaming very much lately anyway. I'll probably look for a 2gb card that's at least as fast as a GTX 580, therefore I will probably have to wait a year or so until something like that is affordable.
As for your article, that all sounds good. I'm not particularly interested in the card. I guess SLI performance would be interesting, but it doesn't sound like you're getting two cards.
You have been following your own plan B for quite awhile but moving up toward better components.
And to show you that things NEVER change with AMD (although they do with Nvidia)
... and this is from 1-1/3 years agoviewtopic.php?f=6&t=22392&hilit=gtx+460+768MB&start=10#p46302
i was talking with one of Nvidia's PR guys today - mostly talking "shop" as he is a totally cool guy to talk to; and i was amazed by the talk of "targeting value", "price to performance and to watt"
-- all the things that Fermi reborn is good at
You'd almost think Nvidia took a page from AMD's playbook, adapted it for themselves and used it effectively as an offensive weapon against their competitor. The only thing i think AMD is slow to do is to drop pricing. i am not sure the upper management is totally aware of the threat - or that it can move quickly enough to counter. The next few weeks bear watching.
They will never learn unless their upper management gets a breath of fresh air.