NVIDIA RTX3080 feature

Are 10GB of GDDR6X of VRAM enough for 4K/Ultra gaming?

Since the release of the NVIDIA GeForce RTX3080, a lot of gamers have been wondering whether its 10GB of GDDR6X VRAM is enough for 4K/Ultra gaming. And, since we are in the middle of benchmarking this GPU in the most demanding PC games, we’ve decided to answer that question.

For these VRAM benchmarks, we used an Intel i9 9900K with 16GB of DDR4 at 3800Mhz. We’ve paired this machine with an NVIDIA RTX 3080, and used Windows 10 64-bit, as well as the latest version of the GeForce drivers.

We are currently benchmarking the RTX3080 in a lot of games, and this GPU can run all of them without any VRAM bottlenecks at 4K/Ultra settings. Even during some extreme tests, our VRAM usage never exceeded 9.3GB of VRAM.

In case you weren’t aware of, the latest version of MSI Afterburner offers an option via which you can see the dedicated VRAM that a program uses. Thus, we were able to measure the VRAM requirements of the most demanding PC games that are currently available.

Here is the list of games in which we’ll be benchmarking the RTX3080.

  • Marvel’s Avengers
  • Cyberpunk 2077
  • Watch Dogs Legion
  • Call of Duty Warzone
  • Crysis Remastered
  • Project CARS 3
  • Horizon Zero Dawn
  • Red Dead Redemption 2
  • Quantum Break
  • Borderlands 3
  • Assetto Corsa Competizione
  • Kingdom Come Deliverance
  • Ghost Recon Wildlands
  • Anthem
  • Metro Exodus
  • Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
  • Immortals Fenyx Rising
  • Godfall

Call of Duty Warzone (with Ray Tracing enabled) was one of the games that pushed our VRAM usage to 9.3GB. On the other hand, Watch Dogs Legion required 9GB at 4K/Ultra (without Ray Tracing). Additionally, Marvel’s Avengers used 8.8GB during the scene in which our RTX2080Ti was using more than 10GB of VRAM (we don’t know whether Nixxes has improved things via a post-launch update, we’ll find out when we’ll re-benchmark the RTX2080Ti in the next couple of days). Furthermore, Crysis Remastered used 8.7GB of VRAM, and Quantum Break used 6GB of VRAM. All the other games were using between 4-8.5GB of VRAM.

So, right now there isn’t any game in which the RTX3080 is bottlenecked by its VRAM. Even Cyberpunk 2077, a game that pushes next-gen graphics, had no VRAM issues at 4K/Ultra settings. However, we obviously can’t predict the future.

In conclusion, right now there isn’t a single game in which the RTX3080 is bottlenecked by its VRAM. Thus, and if you are interested in games that are available right now, you’ll be fine with its 10GB of GDDR6X. For future games…. well… we’ll have to wait and see how things unfold.

Stay tuned for our benchmark article!