News YouTuber Upgrades RTX 2070 to 16GB of VRAM

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This is awesome. I wonder why they went with Samsung memory instead of sticking with Micron? Maybe using the same manufacturer would have helped stability. Regardless, seeing efforts to upgrade Nvidia's absolutely anemic VRAM allotments is inspiring.
 
This is awesome. I wonder why they went with Samsung memory instead of sticking with Micron? Maybe using the same manufacturer would have helped stability. Regardless, seeing efforts to upgrade Nvidia's absolutely anemic VRAM allotments is inspiring.
Because the only 2GB ICs compatible on the list were Samsung. Nvidia never fully developed support for 2GB ICs so it makes sense that they only used one model.
 
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I bought a 3060ti, and had to turn down some settings to keep RAM usage under 8GB. This card really needs like 12GB of ram, but I would have liked 16GB. Nvidia, needs to at least offer the option for higher RAM models. The whole "ram is well suited to the capabilities of the GPU" arguement does not work in my situation. If i could have getting a 6800xt, I would have bought that just for the 16GB of VRAM. But I had to go with whatever I could get this year.
 

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Yeah, development of pretty much anything is bit like iceberg, there is usually huge amount of things they wanted to try or were testing, that was never see. While reasons for why they were dropped can vary, we only see the top of the iceberg. Rest we only hear in rumors.

And yeah, there probably were done leftovers from them using 16GB. But neither BIOS, nor potentially silicon quality was tested or binned for it. So yeah, he would have to get very lucky for it to be stable. Still, interesting to see. Kind of makes it look interesting if VRAM was user upgradable. I get why it is not, but still.
 

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I bought a 3060ti, and had to turn down some settings to keep RAM usage under 8GB. This card really needs like 12GB of ram, but I would have liked 16GB. Nvidia, needs to at least offer the option for higher RAM models. The whole "ram is well suited to the capabilities of the GPU" arguement does not work in my situation. If i could have getting a 6800xt, I would have bought that just for the 16GB of VRAM. But I had to go with whatever I could get this year.
This is absolutely true, and although RTX seems to be sticking around, in the past stuff from them like PhysX proprietary stuff that got phased out has ultimately made it pointless to buy them for stuff like that instead of better basics like RAM.

If I can find an AMD card instead of an NVIDIA for my next card I will be doing so due to the RAM 100%, because at the bare minimum you can hike texture quality to 4K (or 8K if they do release that) on older games and not be afraid to run out of RAM with basic settings, or just repurpose an older card as a compute card.
 
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This is unreal he should be contacting nvidia...game changer ...make video cards that have updateable ram slots that we can just slip in would be ideal. Thats genius then we can upgrade both ram and video card ram that would be epic.
 

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This is absolutely true, and although RTX seems to be sticking around, in the past stuff from them like PhysX proprietary stuff that got phased out has ultimately made it pointless to buy them for stuff like that instead of better basics like RAM.

If I can find an AMD card instead of an NVIDIA for my next card I will be doing so due to the RAM 100%, because at the bare minimum you can hike texture quality to 4K (or 8K if they do release that) on older games and not be afraid to run out of RAM with basic settings, or just repurpose an older card as a compute card.
2070, 3060 ti or 3070 for that matter are not for 4K gaming.
 

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2070, 3060 ti or 3070 for that matter are not for 4K gaming.
I have the 3060ti and am 1440p gaming. On several games I can bring it over the 8gb limit and have to turn down some graphics settings and it's still over 100fps. 8GB is not enough for this card. On some games, especially single play games, I'd rather have around 60fps but with better quality graphics, but that will put me over 8gb.
 

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I have the 3060ti and am 1440p gaming. On several games I can bring it over the 8gb limit and have to turn down some graphics settings and it's still over 100fps. 8GB is not enough for this card. On some games, especially single play games, I'd rather have around 60fps but with better quality graphics, but that will put me over 8gb.
I fully agree. 10GB or 12GB would be ideal, just for 1440p. But the arguments about how taxing 4K is VRAM-wise do not belong in this discussion as these cards are not 4K card. And the 8K discussion is just totally pointless and inane. For any card in the foreseeable future. If no one mentioned 8K gaming in a few years in public, everyone would be better off.
 

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