2 Gigs Or Not 2 Gigs, That's The RAM Question
Subject: Memory | September 23, 2005 - 03:59 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you play Battlefield2 or Half-Life2 regularly, the chances are good you have at least 1 Gb of DDR in your system, and are still annoyed by the occasional lag. Well, to save you from spending your own money to test the effects of another gig of RAM, Club OC did some tests on a 2GB Gold Edition kit from OCZ, see what effect it had, and the overclock they managed.
"For the past year I've always recommended 1gb of good DDR or DDR2. No more, no less. That was until I started playing new games like Doom 3, Half Life 2, and now Battlefield 2. While Doom 3 was more graphics card intensive, it also needed a ton of RAM. Half Life 2 wasn't too graphics card intensive, but it still required a lot of RAM to run smooth. As for Battlefield 2, it seems that this game is all about the RAM. I've been playing Battlefield 2 on a regular basis and there is clearly a lag problem with this game, even with the graphics settings tamed down on an ATi X850XT PE. On line play is even worse, Gb network or not. This is because many or most of the maps are serious memory hogs. I'm talking 1gb loads and more. Knowing this, 1Gb of RAM seems very insignificant. Time to double the amount of RAM in my system... So with that I ordered a 2Gb kit of PC2 4200 Gold Edition from OCZ. Will it make my BF2 issues go away or did I just waste a ton of money?"
Here are some more Memory articles from around the web:
- Corsair XMS TWIN2X2048 6400 @ Legion Hardware
- OCZ DDR Booster Mod @ Hardware.GamersHell
- OCZ EL DDR PC-4000 2GB Gold Edition @ Phoronix
- OCZ EL DDR PC-3500 Gold GX @ Rbmods