Photo of MSI GeForce RTX 3080 Ti SUPRIM X suggests launch is close

envirovore

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My question is then why is Afterburner showing allocated VRAM and not the actual used VRAM?

I'd only be guessing by trying to answer, but this is something I'd like to know as well.

I'd prefer it report actual usage, or at least provide an option to show both allocated and used even. That'd be helpful for those with mid or lower tier GPU's for optimizing settings.
 

Geralt

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I'd only be guessing by trying to answer, but this is something I'd like to know as well.

I'd prefer it report actual usage, or at least provide an option to show both allocated and used even. That'd be helpful for those with mid or lower tier GPU's for optimizing settings.
I was investigating, and I found out that to force Afterburner to show dedicated VRAM, you have to activate a plugin in it. I did it and yes, right now, AB is showing me both the allocated and the dedicated VRAM. And yes, the dedicated VRAM is lesser. OK, so my doubts are now removed.
 

Ben1978

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No, because I have a 6900 XT with 16 GB VRAM. I never crossed 16 GB till now. Direct experience is the best source of truth. The opinion of others is important but secondary. I start Afterburner and Control and sometimes the game sucks 12.5 GB (in certain areas). And COD is worse, with 14.5 GB. If the game is doing this in order to use so much memory as available, I don't know, but these games are doing this. And RDR2 sucks sometimes 11 GB. All in 4K and maxed out. I cannot deny what I am 'directly watching'. Another explanation might be that Afterburner is inflating the numbers, but I don't know about those intricacies.

Here: https://www.thetechlounge.com/how-much-vram-do-I-need/
According to his opinion, for 4K you need 8-12GB. Well, some games just cross the line sometimes.
The poster above explained that allocation is different from usage. Steve from Hardware Unboxed (who is my personal authority on all things graphics card related) also thinks 10GB is fine for the time being. I've played Control at 4K on my 3080 (although with DLSS, but it's the only way to play it if you want all ray tracing effects on too) and never had an issue with vram.
 

envirovore

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I was investigating, and I found out that to force Afterburner to show dedicated VRAM, you have to activate a plugin in it. I did it and yes, right now, AB is showing me both the allocated and the dedicated VRAM. And yes, the dedicated VRAM is lesser. OK, so my doubts are now removed.

\o/
Which plug-in? My curiosity is piqued.