12 GB VRAM: the minimum in 2024!


Recent games are increasingly demanding in terms of memory capacity. So much so that 12 GB of memory seems to be the bare minimum these days. Clearly, according to Hardware Unboxed’s results, 8 GB GPUs should be avoided, otherwise you’ll only be able to play in 1080p with average graphics detail.

In 2024, you’ll need at least 12 GB of VRAM!

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If you were to buy a graphics card right now, your choice would have to be at least an RX 7700 XT, an RTX 4060 Ti 16 GB or even an RTX 4070, because these models will keep you playing comfortably for some time to come.

In their series of tests, Hardware Unboxed highlighted the ever-increasing memory consumption of recent games. A game like Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart already consumes 8.1 GB at 1080p with mid-range details. If we take Cyberpunk 2077, which is already quite old, the title already takes up 7.3 GB in midrange in 1080p versus 7.9 GB in Ultra. However, not all titles are ultra-hungry, such as Forza Motorsport with its 5.6 GB consumption in 1080p medium.


However, if you want to take advantage of ray tracing or frame generation technologies, you’re out of luck. As soon as you activate these options, memory consumption exceeds 8 GB of VRAM… And that’s only at 1080p. In 1440p, consumption is even higher, especially with these options active.

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Finally, the symptoms of insufficient memory are not the most pleasant:

  • Lower performance, fewer FPS
  • Degraded fluidity, higher frame rates
  • Degraded visual quality, depending on the game, with pop-in textures

For all these reasons, if you’re looking for a little more bang for your buck, opt for a 16 GB card. If you’re on a budget, opt for a 12GB card. Either way, 8GB is a thing of the past. Epic Games stated a year and a half ago that cards with this capacity were obsolete.