people think im a fanboy or troll sometimes, those people completely ignore my previous experiance, cest la vie. so let me provide arguements regarding vram from both teams and use cases.
lets assume (and this is all cardboard theory and there will be exceptions) that for 1080p you need 1gb of vram minimum 2gb preferable. for 1gb of vram to be utilised properly you need (with gddr5) a 128bit bus at 1000mhz +/-10%.
with that as a rule typical cards like my 7850, typical a cards like 7870/gtx660 etc follow thier theory well. 256 bit bus, 2gb (usually). 7970/r9-280x is 3gb on a 386 bit bus and is designed for 1440p(or 1600p) gaming a little grey area is the 1gb/1080p thing where 1.5gb is probably better, 1600p is twice as many pixels as 1080p so having a 3gb card makes sense, fed by a 386bit bus. nvidia saves money on memory controllers by instead going for faster ram, years ago this was the other way round with amd opting for gddr4 while nvidia had a 512 bit bus with ggdr3 on thier 280 (and my beloved gtx285 )
so for 4k a 4gb card on 512bit bus makes allot of sense still, im guessing amd are actually doing this cardboard math.
I will point out that it isnt all that straight forward as jayztwocents has pointed out that if you have less vram you can still be fine, itll jsut have less overhead and be more susceptable to drops.
what ie been worried about for ages is where on a thread people are like "shall i get a 4gb 770?" amd im thinking...would my card make sense if it was a 4gb card? my card in crossfire is effectively an r9-290 (2x4gb 2x256 bit bus's etc) which noone has a problem with but when we see these threads people often says sure its fine or just get a gtx780.
doesnt the fact you can get a 4gb 5670 not make people think "hey maybe this isnt as good as i think it is", im not comparing cards obviously but cmon, if you want your card to last more than 2 years shouldnt you opt for more vram and bandwidth to back it up if you can get it. the 880 having 4gb on a 256 bit bus is crazy and an 8gb version? unless they're running gddr6 at 3000mhz (12000 effective) thats just plain stupid....
then again maybe the rhumours of the 880 being lower tier being true, maybe nvidias still trying to f*** with peoples heads (hence i use amd) how long did nvidia sell the 690 against the 780? and they sold the gtx650ti along side the 750ti....yeah cus theyre alike.. the whole first letter beign generation, 2nd letter being range is completely broken, shouldnt what we refer to the 750 be the 740? shouldnt the 750ti be the 750? theres a huuuuge gap from 750ti and 760 what are they going to do make a 750ti-i or a 755 and a 755ti?
eugh ill move on. ive used a 1gb gddr5 128bit 6670 and was good, ive used a 2gb gddr5 128bit 7770, was good but the extra vram was USELESS id say 1gb/128bit bus is a minimum that i'd reccomend per 2MP and of course the gpu power shoudl corolate to the resuolution and settings your gaming at I bet id suffer if my 7850 was a 1gb version so i wont buy them even though they're allot cheaper (2nd hand yo!).
for now a 4gb r9-290 will work for 2160p/4k as well as a gtx780 but once games get a bti more demandsing and 4k becomes a bit more common where you say "do i buy a new card or just get another r9-290" it'll be a close call because the vram will start to be used fully (expect to see msi afterburner saying you're using 3708mb of 4096mb),m for anyone running a 780/780ti runnign sli probably wont be a worth while option, then they'll have to go and buy an 880 with its lacklustre memory bus purely because it has the vram required (very clever nvidia.
my friend has a g92 cored 8800gts (same as 9800gtx+) 512mb, hes at 1360x768 and while 256bit of gddr3 is plenty of memory bandwidth for most games he plays at that res even world of tanks max's out the vram so its worthless him playing on it, yeah yeah sucks to be him but the lesson we can take from this is just like buying a motherboard with usb3 over the same board without, its probably worth the extra few bucks to get more vram proving the card can make use of it.
Those are features and and AMD Drivers are not as bad as everyone says they are Good not as good as Nvidia but they're good. Also you heard of a company called Sapphire..? yea they're AWESOME and Amd cards have Good build quality not the ref thou
Hey... I bought my monitor in Q4 2013 (Samsung S19C150 1366x768 18.5") and I can tell you that they still manufacture VGA only monitors... VGA monitors are the only ones that are common enough and cheap enough to consider... Everything else is way too overpriced...
Oh 4chan, we do love you. This 'art' is beautiful, and more artistic than some of the 'art' I've seen go on sale for this kind of money. It is also very meta for a screenshot of the eBay listing to go on sale as 'art' as well.
Yeah, that Pentium should be enough for a home file server,
no problem. Nicely enough, it also supports ECC memory if
you wish to use ZFS or something else which would make using
ECC RAM a good idea. And 8 GB is fine for streaming and
bulk storage (unless, again, ZFS in some circumstances).
Or, as said, an Atom might also be a viable solution. Many
roads lead to Rome and all that.