Is 2gb VRAM still enough?

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  1. pokyeah88

    pokyeah88 Member

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    hey gurus,
    just asking if 2gb of vram still enough for todays gaming,
    1080p.

    thx
     
  2. Bullet572

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    I depends on which games you are playing, but in general, no it isn't enough.

    With that said, it als depends on, how much of the graphical Details you want and need. For high or ultra settings, sometimes even 4GB of VRAM aren't enough. Rise of the Tomb Raider for example needs from 3,8GB up to 6,4GB of VRAM on my RX480. And I am also playing o at 1080p. But there are Cards out there, which are very capable, although they are old and have only 3GB. The HD7970/280X for example is still a great Card, which can run almost every game with high settings. But 2GB of VRAM is not enough to enjoy this kind of settings, for low or middle it should be enough, though.
     
  3. Undying

    Undying Ancient Guru

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    Consider 4GB as a norm today meaning 2GB it is indeed on the low side. 8GB+ is still above norm.

    That said, if you are willing to reduce some settings (mostly texture quality) 2GB cards are still capable.
     
  4. RealNC

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    For today's games, nope. For older games, yep.
     

  5. Mufflore

    Mufflore Ancient Guru

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    No.
    But neither is a card that has 2GB if you want to use the quality settings.
     
  6. pokyeah88

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    thx for the quick reply.
    i am building a gaming pc for my friend using used parts and now im stuck between a 4gb gtx 760 or a 2gb hd 7870XT.

    For Overwatch and CS:GO and maybe some photoshop since his hobby is photography.

    thx again
     
  7. Undying

    Undying Ancient Guru

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    Having a 3GB card myself i have to say even this is low for todays games. I had to use medium textures in RE7 to get rid of the stutter.

    Btw, nvidia is still selling a 3GB cards for the price of 200€.
     
  8. __hollywood|meo

    __hollywood|meo Ancient Guru

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    my buddy had to put in a spare 7850 while his 480 heatsink is under warranty servicing. he turned OW settings down to med (shadows low) @1080 & was getting 60ish fps but it would stutter sometimes (not vram related, we checked) & caused him issues playing comp mode when his game has to be responsive.

    to your original question, 2gb is really pushing it. i have a 3gb card & i cant max texture settings in modern games. for OW & CS:GO? yeah 2gb might be enough, but that 7870 or 760...from a gpu horsepower perspective...is barely going to cut it anyway imo
     
  9. pokyeah88

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    thx for all the replies,
    looks like it will be wise for him to save up a littile bit more for a rx470 4gb or gtx 1050ti 4gb.
     
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    RX470 would be in a higher league than 1050Ti.
     

  11. mbk1969

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    nvm... must read propper...
     
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  12. dd4000

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    Photoshop and Lightroom are working just fine with 2GB VRAM. The only place where VRAM would count would be on OpenCL accelerated processes:
    *Blur Gallery - Field Blur, Iris Blur, Tilt-Shift, Path Blur, Spin Blur (OpenCL accelerated)
    *Smart Sharpen (Noise Reduction – OpenCL accelerated)
    *Oil Paint (OpenCL accelerated)
    *Select and Mask (OpenCL accelerated)
    But even here 2GB of VRAM would be enough. For all the rest of features, any OpenGL 3.3 capable GPU would be enough to beat the CPU default renderer.
     
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