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Thursday, 26 March 2015


How much RAM do you need for Gaming?

This is a perpetual question that I confront almost every day from a wide variety of people ranging from my readers to even my little cousin sister! How much RAM do you really need for gaming on your gaming PC? This tends to get more confusing with some fanatic flaunting 32GB to 64GB of RAM on the internet and claims that he is building a gaming PC.
So do you really need that much of RAM for extreme gaming? The answer is a simple No! Even with today's AAA game titles you cannot harness the full potential of 8GB RAM sticks and if you run multiple background processes simultaneously then also a 16GB RAM configuration will do just fine for you. Remember we are talking about gaming PC and not server workstation PC.
Lets take a dip to get a clearer picture with my example alone.
If you have too little RAM—say, 2GB—there's a good chance a lot of the games you want to play just won't run. If you have the minimum 4GB for games like Alien: Isolation, you may not get the performance you would with 8GB and it'll be restrictive considering the number of programs the average person runs on Windows, but you can get by. You may see no performance dip at all.
Below is a shot of Task Manager while I was running Alien: Isolation, Chrome, Photoshop, and a few other applications on my rig at home with 8GB of RAM. Everything is peachy. I can Alt-Tab out of Alien and do something in Photoshop with just a slight slow-down.
But there are times when I wish I had more RAM. If I'm running a game, streaming it, responding to chat questions on a second monitor, and playing music, or whatever else I might want to do simultaneously, 16GB would make a difference (and it's not all that expensive). Additionally, sometimes I work on virtual machines testing a software or coding this loads a lot of virtual memory on the RAM — so if you do virtual machining, audio or video work on the same machine you game on, you might consider going higher than 8GB. I plan to upgrade.
But as far as just simply gaming goes, 8GB is just fine, and is currently the recommended spec for most games. 4GB is the minimum you should have, but even so, I benchmarked Batman: Arkham Origins at max settings (PhysX off) with 8GB RAM, then popped out one of my sticks and benchmarked it again at 4GB and saw absolutely no change in FPS. I did see a comparative drop with PhysX on, but that seems like a special case I'll have to investigate further to figure out, and I was still getting 52 average FPS.
In general, more RAM can make your computing more pleasant, and I certainly don't recommend against 16GB or more. But in general, if you're looking to improve framerate, a better video card or a more powerful processor is going to make a much bigger difference than going from 8GB to 32GB of RAM, which may have no effect at all.

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  1. Or, get an SSD. Still awaiting your 100R Silent Edition review.

    1. For gaming a SSD doesn't make any difference in FPS it only decreases the load time.
      Its an article that I'll post in a day or two.
      Yes the 100R silent, I'm waiting for it as much has you are. Hopefully will get review unit soon.

  2. Hey can u suggest me a intel nvidia build for 30 to 35k without monitor that can run ac unity

    1. I sure can, here is the build below:

      Intel 3.5 GHz LGA 1150 i3-4150 - Rs 7690
      Gigabyte GA-H81M-S1 Motherboard - Rs 3565
      Kingston HyperX FURY Memory DDR3 4 GB - Rs 2590
      MSI Nvidia N740 2GB DDR5 Graphic Card - Rs 7950
      Seagate Barracuda 1 TB Internal Hard Drive - Rs 3918
      Corsair VS550 550 Watt PSU - Rs 3210
      Zebronics Fort Without SMPS - Rs 1100

      This configuration will let you run any AAA title today at high to very high settings at 720p resolution and even 1080p in most of the games.
      Feel free to ask any further questions.

  3. U sure i3s will work especially with gta5 and dying lights and 4 gb ram i can extent my bugdet to 40k will that help thank u

    1. Yes only if you can extend your budget that's why I don't suggest Intel builds in this segment. BUt Dying light runs fine on this processor and a 4GB high speed RAM stick.
      Anyways with the extra 10K you can upgrade the configuration by the following parts:
      Intel 3.5 GHz LGA 1150 i5-4690 - Rs 15900
      Corsair Vengeance DDR3 8 GB (2x 4 GB) - Rs 4875

      With 8GB of RAM and an i5 of this model you can run any game that you like and not worry about cores or low memory even at multitasking.
      Feel free to ask any further questions.