Is 4GB Graphics Card Enough for Gaming?

Whether or not 4GB graphics card is enough for gaming or not depends upon what make and model it is. 4GB VRAM is found on newer as well as on more than half a decade old graphics cards. 

As such, the performance scores of the latest generation of 4GB graphics cards cannot be compared with that of the older generation 4GB graphics cards.

However, as far as 4GB RAM graphics cards go, generally 4GB graphics card are well respected by gamers. They are sufficient for meeting the higher than minimum requirements of the latest AAA titles.

In other words, a good 4GB graphics card can give you a decent medium to high quality graphics settings on full HD resolution while maintaining a decent 30-60 FPS.

In the following text, I will try to answer the question “is 4GB graphics card enough for gaming?” in detail. But first let us talk about all the newer as well as widely popular 4GB graphics cards out there.

List of Graphics Cards That Feature 4GB VRAM

The following table shows the list of all the newer and popular 4GB dedicated graphics card. One thing to note here is that 4GB VRAM is found on GPUs even half a decade old. 

You can also notice from the corresponding G3DMark Benchmark scores provided, that not all 4GB graphics cards are created equally.

There are many other factors such as CUDA cores, Stream processors, core clock speed, RAM clock speed etc. that affect the overall performance of a graphics card.

In other words, VRAM is NOT the only measure of a graphics card’s performance. It is just ONE of many specs that contribute to the overall performance of a GPU.

Graphics CardRelease YearG3DMarkCuda Cores/Stream ProcessorsCore ClockMemory Clock
NVIDIA GeForce
GTX 1650 Super
20191004612801530 MHz1725 MHz
NVIDIA GeForce
GTX 970
201496731664 1050 MHz1752 MHz
AMD Radeon
RX 6500 XT
2022941110242310 MHz2248 MHz
AMD Radeon
RX 580
2017891423041257 MHz2000 MHz
NVIDIA GeForce
GTX 1650
201978148961530 MHz1500 MHz
AMD Radeon
RX 6400
20226528768 1923 MHz2000 MHz
NVIDIA GeForce
GTX 1050 Ti
201663067681290 MHz1752 MHz

Is 4GB Graphics Card Enough for Gaming

Again, take note of the fact that 4GB graphics cards are not uniform in performance. 

Take for instance the old NVIDIA GTX 970 released back in 2014 featuring 4GB VRAM. It still outperforms the newer 4GB GPUs such as the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650.

Also Read: Is a 2GB Graphics Card Good for Gaming?

So is 4GB Graphics Card Enough for Gaming?

In order to get a decisive answer to this question, we will basically need to look at the graphics requirement for some of the popular games out there.

There are typically two types of games:

  • eSports / Popular Online Games: These include the likes of World of Warcraft, Rocket League, League of Legends. They do not have a robust graphics requirements
  • AAA (high-profile) Games: These include the likes of Elden Ring, Red Dead Redemption 2, Cyberpunk 2077, Skyrim. These games tend to push the graphical limits of their time and hence require a robust system.

As such, in order to see if the 4GB graphics cards are good enough for gaming, we will need to look at these categories separately.

Graphics Card Requirements for Popular Online / Esports Titles

The following tables lists some of the popular online or eSports titles and their minimum and recommended graphics requirements.

  Minimum Graphics
Requirements
Recommended Graphics
Requirements
Minecraft Integrated
Intel HD 4000
GeForce 700 Series
Rocket League GeForce GTX 760 GeForce GTX 1060
Fortnite Intel Iris Pro 5200 GeForce GTX 960
Dota 2 GeForce 8600 Radeon HD 2600 Pro
League of Legends  Shader version 2.0b-capable (iGPU)  GeForce 8800

For Online Games 4B Graphics Card is an Overkill

In majority of the cases, 4GB graphics cards for online games and eSports titles are simply an overkill.

There are some outliers such as the GeForce GTX 1060 (6GB) for Rocket League as its recommended requirements, however, a GTX 1060 would be only be needed by rocket league if you plan to play the game at 4K resolution while or need the game to run at 144 FPS.

Rocket League FPS Estimates
GTX 970 can run Rocket League at 117 FPS (average) with FHD Resolution and Ultra Quality settings. Source: userbenchmark.com

For normal gamers running the game at high quality settings on Full HD resolution, 4GB graphics card should suffice.

As such, sometimes the official graphics requirements are not accurate. As a general rule of thumb, 4GB graphics cards are more than sufficient for popular online games / eSport titles given that you play the game at FHD resolution.

Also Read: How Long Do GPUs Last?

Graphics Card Requirements for AAA Titles

The following table shows some of the latest AAA titles and their minimum and recommended graphics requirements.

  Minimum
Requirements
Recommended
Requirements
Cyberpunk 2077 GeForce GTX 780 (3GB) GeForce GTX 1660 Super (6GB)
Resident Evil Village GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (4GB) GeForce GTX 1070 (8GB)
Watch Dog Legions GeForce GTX 970 (4 GB) GeForce RTX 2060S (8GB)
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla GeForce GTX 960 (4GB) GeForce GTX 1080 (8GB)
Elden Ring GeForce GTX 1060 (3GB) GeForce GTX 1070 (8GB)
Red Dead Redemption 2  GeForce GTX 770 (2GB) GeForce GTX 1060 (6GB)

For Latest AAA Games 4GB Graphics Card is JUST Sufficient

AAA games a completely different story as compared to eSports titles. AAA tiles have a robust requirement for a graphics card particularly if you want to play the game at epic settings.

Playing the game at ultra or epic settings would require a graphics card even better than the one stipulated in the official recommended requirements.

So where does that put the 4GB graphics cards.

From the requirements above, we can deduce that 4GB graphics cards, newer and older, are sufficient for playing the AAA titles at low to medium graphics settings on Full HD resolution.

Again, the exact model you have would generally dictate how well it can run the game. For instance NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050Ti would have a hard time running the newer AAA titles while the GTX 1650 Super should at least enable you to play the heavier games at medium graphics.

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FAQ

Which 4GB Graphics is Best for Gaming?

As explained earlier, 4GB graphics cards are NOT all the same.

As such, according to G3DMark benchmark, the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Super is the best 4GB dedicated GPU with score showing it is almost twice as powerful as the GTX 1050Ti despite both having 4GB VRAM.

It also comes as a surprise that GTX 970, a 4GB graphics card released all the way back in 2014, still outperforms most of the newer gen 4GB graphics cards.

Also Read: GPU Hierarchy – Graphics Card Tiered Performance List

Final Words

So the answer to the question “is 4GB graphics card enough for gaming?” boil downs to what GPU model you have as well as the game you wish to play.

Generally, 4GB graphics card are more than sufficient for popular eSports titles however for the AAA titles they are just barely trying to stay afloat and will go obsolete soon.

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Atif Qazi
Atif Qazi is the founder of PCGuide101. He is a digital nomad who loves everything PC. He is a PC builder, tech enthusiast, engineer, and a lover of single player lore-rich RPG games.

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