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How long do you guys think 3GB VRAM will be sufficient for gaming?

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Posted · Original PosterOP

Hello,

 

The question is exactly what the title states: How long do you guys think 3GB VRAM will be sufficient for gaming?

 

I am just curious. I really don't know too much, but from what I have read the cards with higher VRAM are for higher resolution gaming and textures. Is that true?

 

Thanks in advance for all responses!


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At 1080p it will be fine for quite a few years, though at higher resolutions you'd be best off with 4GB+


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Depends on the game, filters and resolution, 3GB is not enough anymore in many cases.


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Hello,

 

The question is exactly what the title states: How long do you guys think 3GB VRAM will be sufficient for gaming?

 

I am just curious. I really don't know too much, but from what I have read the cards with higher VRAM are for higher resolution gaming and textures. Is that true?

 

Thanks in advance for all responses!

at 1080p two years


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At 1080p it should be no problem, unless  you're trying to max everything out.


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Says who?

Anyone who tried to play GTA V max on 4K.


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At 1440p my rig is thirsty for more than 3GB VRAM so yeah it's on its way out unless you're staying low res.


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Everyone saying 3gb is fine (and will be for years) for 1080p hasn't played any AAA open world game from the past year and a half.

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It depends on the resolution and how long you want to push your hardware.. 

 

If you want to keep your GPU for the next 5 years, you can do that. You'll have to make some major sacrifices with graphics options, resolution, and framerate towards the end of it's life, but there's nothing stopping you from playing modern games on older (but still fairly recent) hardware.


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4k not 1080p.

He didn't say 1080p, anyway, GTA V uses more than that on 1080p.


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Heyyo,

For 1920x1080? I bet it'll be fine for at least another year. By next year? DirectX 12 should be out and hopefully Vulkan API as well which means if all goes according to plan? VRAM should double in Multi-GPU configurations instead of mirror so you could always pick up a second GPU and have properly scaling performance without VRAM bottlenecks in the next two years.

Of course, that's as long as all goes according to plan. 2GB VRAM isn't enough anymore for some multi-GPU systems like mine... GTX 680 2GB two-way SLI? I run out of VRAM on GTA V before I can crank up my graphics further while maintaining an average of 60fps with 1920x1080 resolution.

Says who?

I think @RuLeZ is referring to 3840x2160 or 2560x1440 resolution and such... 3GB VRAM on 3840x2160 is definitely not enough and I bet on 2560x1440 some games feel the squeeze just like 2GB VRAM on 1920x1080 is.


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lol whut, why is that?

http://imagescdn.tweaktown.com/tweakipedia/9/0/90_733_much-vram-need-1080p-1440p-4k-aa-enabled.png

Without filters the resolution doesnt increase so much the usage of VRAM.


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Posted · Original PosterOP

Thanks for the reply.

 

Sorry I didn't post resolution. I game at 1080p and will be for a while. I just got a 980 Ti from a 780. I was surprised that the 980 Ti really cannot max everything at 1080p, like GTA V, Unity and Total War games (Attila is what I tried). And who says a 980 Ti is overkill for 1080p lol? I am torn on whether or not to return the 980 Ti. Anyhow, it got me wondering about VRAM.


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Not sure about you but I am perfectly fine with 3 GB of VRAM at 1080p. I barely go above 2 GB usage in most games (Witcher 3, Homeworld and etc.)


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At 1080p your fine, 1440p your ok, and 4K your screwed like me. I purchased a 4K monitor a few weeks ago and my 780ti isn't fairing well with so many pixels. Hell my 780ti doesn't play nice with a 2160p, 1440p and 1080p all running at once. Although I'll upgrade when I actually stop playing CS:GO, or end up finding a video card that's worth it. For the most part my 780ti is doing OK at 4K. Games like Crysis 3 I have to run at medium settings to get a smooth experience with no AA. GTAV I can run at high settings with advanced features and AA off at a steady 60fps. Not too shabby lol.


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A Year maybe two, but not with all shiny stuff max.


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At The Moment its really hard to break 3GB on 1080p, must be a bad coded game or playing with a ton of mods..


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