2GB vs 4GB Video Memory Graphics Card Comparison

Many cards in the market now come with 2GB Video Memory and 4GB Video Memory variants, the 4GB Video Memory variants cost a bit more but is it worth the paying a bit more for it?

In this article I will be using the ASUS GTX 960 Turbo as the contender for the 2GB Video Memory while the 4GB Video Memory contender would be the ASUS GTX 960 STRIX with the core clock downclocked to match that of the ASUS GTX 960 Turbo.

By lowering the clock speed of the GTX 960, both cards now have matching processing speed. This will help identify the benchmark that takes advantage of the additional memory.

Test Setup

ProcessorIntel Core i5-4670K
RAMAVEXIR Blitz 2x 4GB 1600Mhz DDR3
MotherboardASRock Z87 Extreme4
CoolerNZXT Kraken X31
MonitorDell UP3214Q
Power SupplyFSP AURUM S 700W
CasingNZXT S340
Operating SystemWindows 10 64bit

Benchmarks

Unigine Heaven 4.0

Heaven 4.0
*NOTE : Details are set to maximum.
*NOTE : AA disabled in 4K test.

Card1080p (avg)
ASUS GTX 960 Turbo 2GB33
ASUS GTX 960 STRIX 4GB (Downclocked)33

Metro Last Light

Heaven 4.0

Card1080p (avg)
ASUS GTX 960 Turbo55
ASUS GTX 960 STRIX 4GB (Downclocked)55

Bioshock Infinite

Bioshock Infinite
Settings are at
2 – UltraDX11_DDOF | 2 – Custom | 1 – 16:9 | 4 – FullHD / 4K

Card1080p (avg)
ASUS GTX 960 Turbo75
ASUS GTX 960 STRIX 4GB (Downclocked)75

Shadow of Mordor

Heaven 4.0
Settings : Set to ULTRA, V-sync off.

Card1080p (avg)
ASUS GTX 960 Turbo47
ASUS GTX 960 STRIX 4GB (Downclocked)51

Grand Theft Auto V

Grand Theft Auto V
Settings : Every option to the MAX setting available.

Card1080p (avg)
ASUS GTX 960 Turbo23
ASUS GTX 960 STRIX 4GB (Downclocked)27

In Unigine Heaven 4.0 benchmark both cards show the same speed, same goes to Metro Last Light and BioShock Infinite.

Going on with newer games like say Shadow of Mordor and GTA Five, the benchmark goes in favor of the card with more Video Memory showing some 10 to 20% performance gain.

The Verdict

So is it worth paying a bit more for the additional Video RAM? Yes I think it’s worth it, especially if you have plans to add another GTX 960 into the setup for SLI goodness, you then have 4GB of Video Memory instead of just 2GB.

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