VRAM for non-gamer?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by m0nkeyb0y, Jun 7, 2017.

  1. m0nkeyb0y macrumors member


    Jun 16, 2009
    In the market for a new iMac, my 2010 is not keeping up. I'm wondering about the utility of 4 vs 8 GB of VRAM. I'm not a gamer, don't edit video, but I will be driving an external 4k monitor AND an older 1920x1280, plus perhaps a second 4k monitor.

    So, does it make any difference for anything other than gaming and video/photo editing?
  2. dborod macrumors regular

    Jul 22, 2002
    Based on what you said, in my opinion, any of the graphics options will serve you well.
  3. Jimmdean, Jun 7, 2017
    Last edited: Jun 7, 2017

    Jimmdean macrumors 6502

    Mar 21, 2007
    agreed. running 4k/5k monitors themselves does not eat up a lot of VRAM - it actually takes surprising small amounts (think 100-200MB per 5k). It's more just a technical/architecture issue of the cards - what resolution they can push - how many monitors at such and such resolution, etc.

    It's only when you get into the massive textures (games/editing) that highers amounts of VRAM are utilized.

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