A "Madman" doubles the amount of video memory in his GeForce RTX 3070

Written by Guillaume
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Do you dream of playing with a soldering iron to improve your graphics card?

A few weeks ago, we mentioned the project of an enthusiast who wanted to upgrade his "aging" GeForce RTX 2070. With 8GB of GDDR6, this card might have seemed a bit light to some, but it's finally much more true with its "replacement", the GeForce RTX 3070. Released last November, this NVIDIA card also has 8GB of GDDR6. While this may have been sufficient for the previous generation, it may start to feel a little light for a card aiming at 1440p as standard image definition and 4K from time to time.

As is the case with most graphics cards with 8GB of video memory, the GeForce RTX 3070 is equipped with 8 memory chips, each with 1GB. So VIK-on, who had already worked on transforming their GeForce RTX 2070, set out to replace the memory chips in their Palit GamingPro OC, swapping the 1GB components for 2GB ones and thus getting a total of 16GB of video memory, more than enough for all current and future games.

The operation itself is clearly presented in the video and as you can see, it is not a manipulation that anyone can do. Moreover, beyond the already difficult "do-it-yourself" aspect, there are still software bugs to be reckoned with once the operation is completed. The drivers and a program like GPU-Z allow us to see that the 16 GB of video memory are well recognized, but VIK-on still had to adjust the operating voltages via eVGA's Precision X software.