28/11/2021

Far Cry 6 needs more VRAM than the Nvidia RTX 3080 has to load HD textures

For all its flaws, Far Cry 6 is unquestionably a game best experienced in high definition with the settings cranked up if your gaming PC can handle it. Unfortunately, the optional 35GB HD texture pack might be a little too far out of reach for most, as it’s a greedy VRAM gobbling monster that few graphics cards can feed.

To Ubisoft’s credit, Far Cry 6 explicitly tells you in the menu that you’ll need at least 11GB of video memory to run the HD texture pack. Sadly, it’s a curiously restrictive requirement that raises eyebrows, as it means the Nvidia RTX 3060 meets the right specification just fine with its chonky 12GB of VRAM, but the meatier RTX 3060 Ti falls short with just 8GB. Even Nvidia’s flagship RTX 3080 is a gigabyte out of reach and sometimes fails to load textures properly.

Fortunately, DSOGaming’s performance analysis shows that the RTX 3080 and the RTX 2080 Ti can just about handle the HD texture pack when running the game at 1440p resolution. Crank this up to 4K with ray tracing on, however, and you’ll have a bit of a problem, as low resolution textures end up mixed in with their high resolution counterparts.

 

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