Budget AMD RDNA 2 GPU Graphics Cards To Come With More Than 4GB VRAM As More RAM Equals Better Performance

AMD has implied that even its entry-level or budget-friendly graphics cards, based on the next-gen RDNA 2 Architecture, could have more than 4GB RAM variants. The NVIDIA’s main rival even hinted that the days of graphics cards with 4GB RAM and below are numbered. In other words, AMD might just start offering even affordable AMD RDNA 2 Graphics Cards with 6GB or 8GB VRAM.

AMD has accepted that the majority of modern-day AAA game titles perform exceptionally well when the GPU is accompanied by more amount of VRAM. Accordingly, the company has hinted at the end of the 4 GB entry-level graphics cards era. AMD is getting quite close to the launch of the first RDNA 2 powered Radeon RX graphics cards, and the company put up a blog post titled ‘Game Beyond 4GB’ that stresses how the increased VRAM size not only delivers better performance but has become crucial from a support point of view in next-generation AAA titles.

Entry-Level AMD Radeon RX Graphics Cards Based on RDNA 2 GPU Architecture To Pack More Than 4GB GDDR6 RAM?

The currently available AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT is the company’s entry-level Graphics Card. It comes in two variants, one with 4 GB GDDR6 memory and a second variant with 8 GB GDDR6 memory. While this card is based on the current-gen Navi Architecture, even older Polaris based options continue to sell in large volumes. Interestingly, from both the generations, the graphics cards with a higher amount of RAM noticeably sell well.

In the official blog post, AMD claims that an 8 GB Radeon RX 5500 XT performs about 24 percent better than the 4GB RAM variant. The majority of modern-day games, including Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, Ghost Recon Breakpoint, Doom Eternal, Borderlands 3, Doom Eternal, and Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus, performed noticeably performed much better with more amount of VRAM present on the graphics cards.

AMD also mentioned that graphics cards with insufficient VRAM can lead to several issues, some of which include:

  • Error Messages and Warning Limits
  • Lower Framerates
  • Gameplay Stutter and Texture Pop-in Issues

AMD Pushing More VRAM Options To Offer Better Value Proposition Compared To NIVIDIA?

While AMD is pushing its next-gen RDNA 2, Big Navi, or Nav 2X based Graphics Cards, NVIDIA is readying to launch its Ampere-based options. AMD promises some exceptional performance gains on its RDNA 2 GPU. RDNA 2 claims to deliver support for new features like Mesh Shaders, Variable Rate Shading, Hardware Accelerated Raytracing, and more to Radeon graphics hardware. Needless to add, this represents a substantial leap in AMD’s graphics capabilities set as well as in Radeon’s power efficiency. In other words, AMD is eagerly trying to justify the ‘NVIDIA Killer’ tag.

While AMD’s promise to offer a 50 percent boost in performance per watt over the current generation of RDNA-based products, the amount of VRAM onboard could also play a crucial role in marketing. NVIDIA has traditionally offered some low-RAM variants. However, 8 GB and 6 GB options in the entry-level market have become the norm lately. Meanwhile, NVIDIA still offers its entry-level GTX 1650 Ti with 4 GB RAM. AMD has always pushed for increased VRAM and newer memory technologies in its graphics cards.

The AMD Radeon 3000 Series was the first to push 8 GB memory as standard when NVIDIA was offering 4 GB variants. AMD also was the first to offer HBM standard with its 4 GB Radeon R9 Fury X. It is interesting to note that AMD and NVIDIA currently offer similar memory configuration in high-end cards such as the Radeon RX 5700 XT and the GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER.

AMD recently hinted that its RDNA 2 based Graphics Cards will arrive before high-end, dedicated gaming consoles with powerful GPUs arrive. This means AMD is rapidly approaching the expected launch date of its ‘Big Navi’ ‘NVIDIA Killer’ graphics cards.

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