Does Texture Quality Affect FPS? | QR #36

Texture quality can have a significant impact on how your game looks. Any reasonable gamer would think that this setting is very taxing for your GPU since higher quality requires more processing power. However, that couldn’t be further from the truth. Does it impact your graphics card performance? Yes, but not in the way you might think. Let’s separate facts from rumors to figure out what actually happens.

Does Texture Quality Affect FPS?

Texture quality will have a significant impact on your FPS but ONLY if you don’t have enough video memory available. This setting mainly affects the VRAM usage. Most modern games use extra settings such as “Model Quality” and “Object Quality” to tweak the quality of even more specific textures.

Below you can see its impact on a GeForce GTX 1060 6GB VRAM at 1080p – max game settings of Destiny 2.

Important Notes:

  1. The picture above is an indication of how much of an impact texture quality makes when you have enough VRAM available. This might not apply to every game but the most FPS decrease you will experience is close to 3%.
  2. If you use a 2-3GB version of a card, the above picture will be nowhere near reality. If you max out your VRAM capabilities, you run the risk of overflowing your RAM.

Conclusion

Most gamers will need the maximum of 8GB VRAM to max out their Texture Quality settings. Depending on the resolution, 6GB may also be enough. There are also some very high end GPUs (looking at you TITAN RTX) with 24GB VRAM but that’s overkill unless for some reason you want to run at 8K resolutions. That’s all for this article! As always, leave your questions in the comments section and I’ll answer as many as I can.

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