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Steve from Hardware Unboxed said is best. 8 gigs of vram is the new entry level graphics. Nvidia has been stagnating the 12 gig vram offerings for almost 5 years now ( 2080ti, 3080ti), 7 years ( close that figure at 11 gig vram for the 1080ti) and now 4070/4070ti. If I had to guesstimate the minimum vram going forward for future proofing is probably around that 16 gig vram threshold that leader of consoles Hardware ( AMD) had in its gpu offerings since last gen ( at the $579 price point).Not cheap but then what GPU is these days? With the next step up is $200 more and the immediate step below (presumably 4060Ti) potentially coming with only 8GB of memory this is about the best value you are going to get in Nvidia's line up.
The problem going forward for these 12 gig vram cards and below is the potential of playing at potatoe graphics sooner rather than later. Yes you can play at 240fps and rt on but the risk of running out of vram for 12 gig vram cards is probably around the corner and we have not even started with the unreal engine 5 games yet. Although I do believe 12 gig for the 4070 makes more sense at $599 vs the 12 gigs on the 4070ti at their respective price points.