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How much Vram is enough for gaming ???

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December 10, 2012 12:04:01 AM

Hello everyone,

i am going to build a gaming pc but i am not sure if i should get 2gb or 4gb of vram on the gpu i heard that games like skyrim max out all the ram at 1080p with all mods

Help me guys i would pretty much appreciate your opinions

Thanks in advanced :) 

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December 10, 2012 12:11:52 AM

Hi :) 

It depends on resolution and how many monitors...

But the true answer is...as much as you can afford...

All the best Brett :) 
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December 10, 2012 12:18:29 AM

You only need 2GB unless your resolution is over 1920 x 1080.
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December 10, 2012 1:44:51 AM

1GB of VRAM is fine for 1920x1200. Above that then 2GB. For 3 monitors 4GB is recommended.
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December 10, 2012 2:32:24 AM

1920 x 1200 x 32bit (4) x 4 frames = 35.15625 MB for the frame buffer.
Plus textures, which typically compress at 6:1 (or more).

So yes, <= 1GB of VRAM is still enough for many of today's games.

- 1GB of Video memory is enough for 6 to 8GB of textures.

If you're running Crossfire X or SLI with multiple monitors then I'd recommend 2GB.


Remember: It is not the amount of video memory that counts it is the speed of the video memory in MB/sec that counts!


Low end cards with 3GB are how many move their low end parts in volume, as people think more GB == better, when that is only maybe 15% of the picture.
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December 10, 2012 4:13:24 AM

Fairly safe with 2 gigs today, depending on game and mods.
Next year the new consoles come out, which is presumed to carry more ram, and allow for higher usage of VRAM.
I would say youd be safe for as long as your card will last before more demanding games are ported over from the new consoles to PC having 2 gigs at 1080, provided your card can actually use it all
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December 10, 2012 8:37:17 AM

Oh thanks guys for that quick response :p 
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December 10, 2012 8:37:45 AM

Best answer selected by GamingfreakxD.
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