Is 512MB VRAM enough?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by virginblue4, Jan 13, 2013.

  1. virginblue4 macrumors 68000


    Apr 15, 2012
    United Kingdom
    It seems like a small amount compared to some other systems.

    Will it run games such as The Sims 3 and SimCity5 ok? Also, will this be enough VRAM for another 4-5 years for similar games?
  2. jav6454 macrumors P6


    Nov 14, 2007
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    Depending on the resolution it will depend. 1GB is comfort zone for 1920x1080.
  3. Wakeywarrior macrumors member

    Oct 14, 2012
    I have the base 27 inch- it was over £300 UK to upgrade to one with a 680 in it and given I do most of my gaming on Xbox and intend to buy the new Xbox this year, it simply was not worth it to upgrade. That money will pay for the new Xbox.

    However, the 660 card is pretty good. Some games like Dirt 3 I can play all the top settings at high resolution.

    Stuff like Witcher 2 and that new Assassin game on the App Store (1.99 - good game for that with good graphics) play good at high levels as long as the resolution is set to 720p. The screen on the 27 inch handles 720 p very nicely even though it is not native res. The quality of the graphics is substantially above what a current gen console can pump out.

    So unless you want top resolution on the most demanding games, the 512 meg is fine- the lack of memory in it only makes a difference if you really want to up that res. if you are that bothered about gaming you'd be better buying a PC at half the price with more capability. The games you are talking about should be no bother at native res I imagine.

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