Can system RAM help out a mid-range GPU?
Subject: General Tech | December 13, 2017 - 03:43 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
TechSpot took a look at the effect of system RAM on gaming performance when using a GPU with less VRAM than a game prefers. They tested both the 3GB and 6GB models of the GTX 1060, with 4, 8, 16 and 32GB of system memory installed. With the rising costs of RAM, their findings suggest paying for the extra VRAM is worth it as the 3GB model didn't really start to offer proper performance with less than 16GB of DDR in the system. That extra RAM will often cost you more than purchasing a better GPU, though perhaps not enough to justify that GTX 1080 Ti. Check out the full review to see what effect extra RAM has on your favourite games.
"Measuring the impact that RAM capacity has on gaming is harder than it sounds because of all the factors at play. However we've tested different hardware configurations to determine how much memory is truly useful for gaming from 4GB up to 32GB."
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