AMD: the time for gaming on graphics cards with 4GB of VRAM is OVER

AMD has declared that the era of 4GB graphics cards is over, and that gamers should 'game beyond 4GB'

Published Sun, Jun 7 2020 11:18 PM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 11:43 AM CST

AMD took to its blog last month in a new article titled "Game Beyond 4GB" where it took a look at its new Navi-based Radeon RX 5500 XT graphics card in both 4GB and 8GB variants.

AMD: the time for gaming on graphics cards with 4GB of VRAM is OVER 10 |

The company tested the two Radeon RX 5500 XT cards against each other, showing that the 8GB version had around 20% more performance in major games. AMD tested Borderland 3, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, Forza Horizon 4, Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Breakpoint, and Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus.

AMD even ran DOOM Eternal on the Radeon RX 5500 XT 4GB and 8GB cards, with the Ultra Nightmare graphics setting seeing the Radeon RX 5500 XT with 8GB of VRAM running at 75FPS at 1080p. The 4GB version? Couldn't even enable the graphics settings. Sure, you could disable a couple of settings and it would run anyway, but AMD is trying to make the point here is that 8GB is the future.

Interestingly, I just had a fresh look at the Fiji-based Radeon R9 Fury X graphics card and benchmarked it against everything in my GPU stack including the Radeon RX 5500 XT. Throughout the article I praised the Radeon RX 5500 XT, as it was beating the Radeon R9 Fury X in pretty much everything -- hamstrung by its 4GB of framebuffer.

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Anthony joined the TweakTown team in 2010 and has since reviewed 100s of graphics cards. Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games built around consoles. FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU tech is unwavering.

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