VRAM for non-gamer?

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

  1. m0nkeyb0y macrumors member

    m0nkeyb0y

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    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

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    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

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    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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