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Good Day guys.

i am a newbie and i don't know many things about computer hardwares. I have an AW 17 with GTX 880m with 8gb vram. i checked the Nvidia and GPU-Z and i saw that my video card contains 8gb of vram. but when i checked the system information of my video card using alien autopsy and other software like speccy. My video card memory is only 4gb. I am wondering if my video card will use all the 8gb of vram if needed. i don't know what is right between the two if my video card contains 8gb of ram or only 4gb of ram. I am confused right now. i hope somebody can explain and help me with my problem.

Thank You.
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    cerck07 said:
    Good Day guys.

    i am a newbie and i don't know many things about computer hardwares. I have an AW 17 with GTX 880m with 8gb vram. i checked the Nvidia and GPU-Z and i saw that my video card contains 8gb of vram. but when i checked the system information of my video card using alien autopsy and other software like speccy. My video card memory is only 4gb. I am wondering if my video card will use all the 8gb of vram if needed. i don't know what is right between the two if my video card contains 8gb of ram or only 4gb of ram. I am confused right now. i hope somebody can explain and help me with my problem.

    Thank You.


    Try using GPU-z to see your cards specs.

    It would take MAX AA and a resolution way above 1440p to warrant using anywhere near 8GB of VRAM.

    The 8GB is just a gimmick to get people to buy it thinking its better. Barely any games (depending on your setup) will use more than 2GB (let alone 4) of VRAM.

    http://linustechtips.com/main/topic/44829-how-much-vram-do-you-actually-need/
  2. haven't heard of that before... but it's sort of a moot point. absolutely no way it'd ever be able to use 4gb of VRAM, let alone 8gb.

    unless you plugged it into a 4k monitor and cranked everything up to max, in which case it would use 4gb+ but the card isn't powerfuly enough to give you any playable frame rates anway.
  3. Thank You for answering my question.

    I am a student and do a lot of 3d modeling and rendering. is it an advantage to have 8gb of vram or is it a waste of ram? I want to know if i can use this amount of vram in the future. like in games and other softwares. and i am confused why is that some programs shows only 4gb of vram instead of 8gb?

    Thank You.
  4. Anonymous said:
    cerck07 said:
    Good Day guys.

    i am a newbie and i don't know many things about computer hardwares. I have an AW 17 with GTX 880m with 8gb vram. i checked the Nvidia and GPU-Z and i saw that my video card contains 8gb of vram. but when i checked the system information of my video card using alien autopsy and other software like speccy. My video card memory is only 4gb. I am wondering if my video card will use all the 8gb of vram if needed. i don't know what is right between the two if my video card contains 8gb of ram or only 4gb of ram. I am confused right now. i hope somebody can explain and help me with my problem.

    Thank You.


    Try using GPU-z to see your cards specs.

    It would take MAX AA and a resolution way above 1440p to warrant using anywhere near 8GB of VRAM.

    The 8GB is just a gimmick to get people to buy it thinking its better. Barely any games (depending on your setup) will use more than 2GB (let alone 4) of VRAM.

    http://linustechtips.com/main/topic/44829-how-much-vram-do-you-actually-need/


    Thank You for answering my question.

    I am a student and do a lot of 3d modeling and rendering. is it an advantage to have 8gb of vram or is it a waste of ram? I want to know if i can use this amount of vram in the future. like in games and other softwares. and i am confused why is that some programs shows only 4gb of vram instead of 8gb?

    Thank You
  5. lowriderflow said:
    haven't heard of that before... but it's sort of a moot point. absolutely no way it'd ever be able to use 4gb of VRAM, let alone 8gb.

    unless you plugged it into a 4k monitor and cranked everything up to max, in which case it would use 4gb+ but the card isn't powerfuly enough to give you any playable frame rates anway.


    Thank you Sir.

    Im not a gamer. i just thought that if i have higher vram i can do a lot of 3d modeling and can render faster. is it an advantage to have that amount of vram? and do you have any idea why some programs only shows 4gb of vram instead of 8?
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    Im not a gamer. i just thought that if i have higher vram i can do a lot of 3d modeling and can render faster. is it an advantage to have that amount of vram? and do you have any idea why some programs only shows 4gb of vram instead of 8?


    Maybe they can only recognize 4GB of VRAM or the GPU has a "green" mode where it only shows 4GB when not in use (highly doubt this is the case), or the programs you used are not giving you an accurate reading.
  7. Anonymous said:
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    Im not a gamer. i just thought that if i have higher vram i can do a lot of 3d modeling and can render faster. is it an advantage to have that amount of vram? and do you have any idea why some programs only shows 4gb of vram instead of 8?


    Maybe they can only recognize 4GB of VRAM or the GPU has a "green" mode where it only shows 4GB when not in use (highly doubt this is the case), or the programs you used are not giving you an accurate reading.


    Thank You for sharing your ideas Yarmock.
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