Is it a good idea to focus on huge tracts of RAM?

Subject: General Tech | December 19, 2018 - 06:11 PM |
Tagged: gaming, memory

TechSpot took a brief look at a wide variety of modern games to see just how much RAM they make use of.  With benchmarks run on a system with 8GB, 16GB and then 32GB they give you insight into just how much RAM is enough to handle these games.  With the price of memory still high, it is worth considering if it makes more sense to purchase just enough RAM for this generation of games and upgrade as the cost of DIMMs slowly declines.  Take a peek to see how much memory your favourite titles make use of.

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"Today we're looking into how much RAM you need to play the latest and greatest gaming titles. About this time each year we set on a memory capacity quest and last year's expedition lead us to conclude that for gamers 4GB is out, 8GB was the minimum, 16GB is the sweet spot and 32GB is overkill."

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December 19, 2018 | 07:37 PM - Posted by razor512

For a modern PC, 16GB is the bare minimum, and 32GB is acceptable for most games, and 64GB is very good.

Ultimately, DRAM producers need to try and develop a cost effective way to get 32GB per stick so that people can more easily move to 128GB of RAM for mainstream PCs.

128GB = being able to game and possibly run chrome at the same time.

December 20, 2018 | 05:39 AM - Posted by Bob, do something! (not verified)

What are you talking about? 16GB is plenty enough, games don't use more than 6-9GB. And if you ARE seeing performance gains it's due to memory bandwidth maybe.

32GB+ is only needed if you're ACTUALLY using it, say in rendering, compiling or as a RAMdisk in your tiered storage.

December 20, 2018 | 09:54 AM - Posted by CollosalCollapse (not verified)

128 GB is frankly barely enough to run Chrome alone without the system constantly swapping memory pages in and out of the page file.

/Hysterical Hyperbolic Sarcasm Celebration Day

December 20, 2018 | 09:56 AM - Posted by DanielMeier

Before commenting on the matter you should probably read the article razor512.

Also that last paragraph is just ridiculous.

December 20, 2018 | 01:21 PM - Posted by anonymous12859877893 (not verified)

Did you even read the article lol? I jumped on 8GB early on when it was expensive around 2008/09 and then to 16GB in 2012 and have literally noticed absolute zero difference in both games and regular desktop usage. Video editing I think is about the only thing I ever noticed a remote improvement. Beyond 16GB is just really marketing for the consumer market for the foreseeable future.

December 21, 2018 | 05:20 AM - Posted by lexx

If you have a ssd and have not messed with the page file location (unless it was moved to another ssd drive) norm out of ram conditions are very rarely noticeable (if its a hdd the pc will be nearly useless)

I needed 16gb of ram so I taken the 2 of of my old PC (triple ddr i7-920) that norm used around 20 gb ram and apart from some little slows downs here and there you probably not notice it

I went from 24gb to 32gb on new system (1800x) so I can't imagine going to anything less then 32gb (normal PCs I setup 2x8gb)

December 22, 2018 | 12:31 AM - Posted by razor512

I read it, their testing focuses just on running a game, but that is not the most common use case. For example,you may want to have VLC running, playing some 1080p h.265 12 bit anime while gaming, or you may have your browser open or other work you were doing before you took a gaming break.

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