You can install and run Crysis 3 on a GeForce RTX 3090's VRAM

(Image credit: Strife)

On the one hand, here's Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, now too large to fit on a 250GB SSD (opens in new tab). And on the other hand, here's Crysis 3, running on a Geforce RTX 3090's VRAM. Hits a bit different, yeah?

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The shiny new RTX 3090 has a 24GB frame buffer, and that's how software engineer Strife got Crysis 3 running on it, as she demonstrated on Twitter, by setting up a 15GB partition to install the game on, with plenty of graphics memory left over for a game from 2013. As she explained on Reddit (opens in new tab), "There's no benefit to it really except I found it really funny, load times are pretty much the same as on a fast NVME drive, was hoping it would be faster but there is probably some weird bottleneck like this instead of doing it the 'proper' storage API way".

Sure, that's pretty impressive. But can it run Crysis?

Here's our review of the RTX 3090 Founder's Edition (opens in new tab).

Jody Macgregor
Weekend/AU Editor

Jody's first computer was a Commodore 64, so he remembers having to use a code wheel to play Pool of Radiance. A former music journalist who interviewed everyone from Giorgio Moroder to Trent Reznor, Jody also co-hosted Australia's first radio show about videogames, Zed Games (opens in new tab). He's written for Rock Paper Shotgun (opens in new tab), The Big Issue, GamesRadar (opens in new tab), Zam (opens in new tab), Glixel (opens in new tab), Five Out of Ten Magazine (opens in new tab), and (opens in new tab), whose cheques with the bunny logo made for fun conversations at the bank. Jody's first article for PC Gamer was about the audio of Alien Isolation, published in 2015, and since then he's written about why Silent Hill belongs on PC, why Recettear: An Item Shop's Tale is the best fantasy shopkeeper tycoon game, and how weird Lost Ark can get. Jody edited PC Gamer Indie from 2017 to 2018, and he eventually lived up to his promise to play every Warhammer videogame.