Overclock.net › Forums › Components › Memory › is 4GB of Ram my bottleneck?
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

is 4GB of Ram my bottleneck?

post #1 of 18
Thread Starter 
since ram is the one thing that i never really payed much attention to i have a question for the experts...

In my opinion I think i have a pretty descent set of RAM, but should I upgrade?

I do notice that when gaming in Crysis 2 and FSX im using almost all of my ram so i was wondering if upgrading to 8GB is what i need or if 4GB is fine and just get faster RAM?

thanks for any advice that would work well with my board.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...ILL-_-20231351


thats what i have now
Daily Driver
(10 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel I7 6700k ASUS Hero VIII EVGA GTX 980 TI Corsair Ballistx Sport DDR4 16GB 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Samsung 250GB SSD Custom Water loop Windows 10 enterprise XB270UH 
PowerCase
EVGA G2 750w Thermaltake Core P5 
  hide details  
Reply
Daily Driver
(10 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel I7 6700k ASUS Hero VIII EVGA GTX 980 TI Corsair Ballistx Sport DDR4 16GB 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Samsung 250GB SSD Custom Water loop Windows 10 enterprise XB270UH 
PowerCase
EVGA G2 750w Thermaltake Core P5 
  hide details  
Reply
post #2 of 18
if your RAM usage is high, and you think you'd benefit from buying more RAM, you might as well. I don't think getting ram faster than what you already have would impact the usage much.
Ivy-E Defined
(17 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
4930K @ 4.5ghz w/ 1.336v RAMPAGE IV FORMULA GTX 980 Jetstream  G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB 1600mhz 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
120GB Samsung 840 EVO + 6TB (Storage) Corsair H80i w/ 2 x SP120 Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit Asus VG278HE  
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Ducky Shine 3 - Brown Cherry MX Switch - Green LED Corsair AX860  Fractal Design Define R4 Black Pearl w/ Window  Razer DeathAdder 2013 
Mouse PadAudioAudioAudio
Overclockers Medium Mouse Mat KRK ROKITS Fiio E10K  Audio Technica ATH-M50 
  hide details  
Reply
Ivy-E Defined
(17 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
4930K @ 4.5ghz w/ 1.336v RAMPAGE IV FORMULA GTX 980 Jetstream  G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB 1600mhz 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
120GB Samsung 840 EVO + 6TB (Storage) Corsair H80i w/ 2 x SP120 Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit Asus VG278HE  
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Ducky Shine 3 - Brown Cherry MX Switch - Green LED Corsair AX860  Fractal Design Define R4 Black Pearl w/ Window  Razer DeathAdder 2013 
Mouse PadAudioAudioAudio
Overclockers Medium Mouse Mat KRK ROKITS Fiio E10K  Audio Technica ATH-M50 
  hide details  
Reply
post #3 of 18
Thread Starter 
so if i save money and stick with 800MHz and upgrade to 8GB that would be a good move? or would it be helpful to mover to 8GB with more MHz?

im thinking about these

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231459
Edited by whipple16 - 8/10/11 at 5:48pm
Daily Driver
(10 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel I7 6700k ASUS Hero VIII EVGA GTX 980 TI Corsair Ballistx Sport DDR4 16GB 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Samsung 250GB SSD Custom Water loop Windows 10 enterprise XB270UH 
PowerCase
EVGA G2 750w Thermaltake Core P5 
  hide details  
Reply
Daily Driver
(10 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel I7 6700k ASUS Hero VIII EVGA GTX 980 TI Corsair Ballistx Sport DDR4 16GB 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Samsung 250GB SSD Custom Water loop Windows 10 enterprise XB270UH 
PowerCase
EVGA G2 750w Thermaltake Core P5 
  hide details  
Reply
post #4 of 18
Quote:
Originally Posted by whipple16 View Post
so if i save money and stick with 800MHz and upgrade to 8GB that would be a good move? or would it be helpful to mover to 8GB with more MHz?

im thinking about these

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231459
Read this, I think it'll help:

Overclocking & Choosing RAM for Sandybridge H67/P67/Z68

If you need it, get it, but read the above first when it comes to high speeds and low latency RAMs for sandybridge.

:thum:
it looks alive
(17 items)
 
Sandy Transformed
(69 photos)
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 2500K [5ghz 1.44v 24/7] Asus Maximus IV Extreme SLI GTX 460 @ 920/1840/4100 [1.11v] 4GB Dominator GT @ 2133mhz CL8 [1.65v] 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
Intel X25-M G2 80GB 3x Samsung F3 500GB RAID 0 EK Supreme HF Full Copper Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit 
MonitorPowerCaseAudio
LG42SL9500 42" 1080p [Surround Soon] XFX XXX Edition 650w Xigmatec Elysium JVC HA-RX700 [foam mod] 
  hide details  
Reply
it looks alive
(17 items)
 
Sandy Transformed
(69 photos)
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 2500K [5ghz 1.44v 24/7] Asus Maximus IV Extreme SLI GTX 460 @ 920/1840/4100 [1.11v] 4GB Dominator GT @ 2133mhz CL8 [1.65v] 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
Intel X25-M G2 80GB 3x Samsung F3 500GB RAID 0 EK Supreme HF Full Copper Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit 
MonitorPowerCaseAudio
LG42SL9500 42" 1080p [Surround Soon] XFX XXX Edition 650w Xigmatec Elysium JVC HA-RX700 [foam mod] 
  hide details  
Reply
post #5 of 18
Honestly, given how cheap DDR3 is right now, I say go for it and pick up a good 8GB kit. Never hurts to have extra RAM.

I'd recommend the GSKill Ripjaw X DDR3-1600, 8-8-8-24, 1.50v kit. Blue heatspreaders. Not sure if they've come back in stock yet, but that's what I bought (16GB worth).

Of course 4GB of RAM isn't really a "bottleneck" for just gaming though. But it never hurts to have more.
Junkyard
(18 items)
 
NAStradamous
(12 items)
 
HTPC01
(16 items)
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i5 2320 @ 3.1GHz MSI B75MA-E33 HIS HD7970 3GB @ 1050 / 1700, 1.17v Patriot 2x4GB DDR3-1066 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Crucial MX100 256GB WD Green 2TB DVDRW Corsair H50 Push / Pull 
CoolingOSMonitorMonitor
NZXT 120mm fans strapped to stock 7970 cooler Windows 10 Pro Dell 3007WFP Dell 2007FP 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Dell 2007FP Cheap Toshiba (R.I.P. Ducky) PC Power & Cooling Silencer MKIII 950w Cheap Garbage (free) 
MouseAudio
Logitech G602 Yardsale Special 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i5 3330 Asus H61 MSI GTX 750Ti Low Profile 2x4GB Hynix DDR3-1333 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
60GB Kingston SSD 1TB Seagate Samsung DVDRW CoolerMaster Gemin II 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 8.1 + Steam Big Picture / Plex HT 50" Insignia LED 1080p Logitech Rosewill Green 530w 
CaseMouseAudioOther
Silverstone HTPC Logitech Pioneer 2.0 tower speakers + 135w RMS Rosewill MCE Remote 
  hide details  
Reply
Junkyard
(18 items)
 
NAStradamous
(12 items)
 
HTPC01
(16 items)
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i5 2320 @ 3.1GHz MSI B75MA-E33 HIS HD7970 3GB @ 1050 / 1700, 1.17v Patriot 2x4GB DDR3-1066 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Crucial MX100 256GB WD Green 2TB DVDRW Corsair H50 Push / Pull 
CoolingOSMonitorMonitor
NZXT 120mm fans strapped to stock 7970 cooler Windows 10 Pro Dell 3007WFP Dell 2007FP 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Dell 2007FP Cheap Toshiba (R.I.P. Ducky) PC Power & Cooling Silencer MKIII 950w Cheap Garbage (free) 
MouseAudio
Logitech G602 Yardsale Special 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i5 3330 Asus H61 MSI GTX 750Ti Low Profile 2x4GB Hynix DDR3-1333 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
60GB Kingston SSD 1TB Seagate Samsung DVDRW CoolerMaster Gemin II 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 8.1 + Steam Big Picture / Plex HT 50" Insignia LED 1080p Logitech Rosewill Green 530w 
CaseMouseAudioOther
Silverstone HTPC Logitech Pioneer 2.0 tower speakers + 135w RMS Rosewill MCE Remote 
  hide details  
Reply
post #6 of 18
Thread Starter 
will it be way overkill if i go with 2 of these for 16GB??

the price is right but is there something better i can spend around $100 on?
Daily Driver
(10 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel I7 6700k ASUS Hero VIII EVGA GTX 980 TI Corsair Ballistx Sport DDR4 16GB 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Samsung 250GB SSD Custom Water loop Windows 10 enterprise XB270UH 
PowerCase
EVGA G2 750w Thermaltake Core P5 
  hide details  
Reply
Daily Driver
(10 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel I7 6700k ASUS Hero VIII EVGA GTX 980 TI Corsair Ballistx Sport DDR4 16GB 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Samsung 250GB SSD Custom Water loop Windows 10 enterprise XB270UH 
PowerCase
EVGA G2 750w Thermaltake Core P5 
  hide details  
Reply
post #7 of 18
Quote:
Originally Posted by whipple16 View Post
will it be way overkill if i go with 2 of these for 16GB??

the price is right but is there something better i can spend around $100 on?
Honestly given your rig, it wouldn't hurt. You've got a very high end machine, water cooling, SSD. So no, it wouldn't hurt at all to go with 16GB (I did). Whether or not you'll actually USE all 16GB, that's another story.

You could use up to 4GB of it as a dedicated RAM drive, to store your startup apps on. That paired with your SSD, man that'd be one fast startup!
Junkyard
(18 items)
 
NAStradamous
(12 items)
 
HTPC01
(16 items)
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i5 2320 @ 3.1GHz MSI B75MA-E33 HIS HD7970 3GB @ 1050 / 1700, 1.17v Patriot 2x4GB DDR3-1066 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Crucial MX100 256GB WD Green 2TB DVDRW Corsair H50 Push / Pull 
CoolingOSMonitorMonitor
NZXT 120mm fans strapped to stock 7970 cooler Windows 10 Pro Dell 3007WFP Dell 2007FP 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Dell 2007FP Cheap Toshiba (R.I.P. Ducky) PC Power & Cooling Silencer MKIII 950w Cheap Garbage (free) 
MouseAudio
Logitech G602 Yardsale Special 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i5 3330 Asus H61 MSI GTX 750Ti Low Profile 2x4GB Hynix DDR3-1333 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
60GB Kingston SSD 1TB Seagate Samsung DVDRW CoolerMaster Gemin II 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 8.1 + Steam Big Picture / Plex HT 50" Insignia LED 1080p Logitech Rosewill Green 530w 
CaseMouseAudioOther
Silverstone HTPC Logitech Pioneer 2.0 tower speakers + 135w RMS Rosewill MCE Remote 
  hide details  
Reply
Junkyard
(18 items)
 
NAStradamous
(12 items)
 
HTPC01
(16 items)
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i5 2320 @ 3.1GHz MSI B75MA-E33 HIS HD7970 3GB @ 1050 / 1700, 1.17v Patriot 2x4GB DDR3-1066 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Crucial MX100 256GB WD Green 2TB DVDRW Corsair H50 Push / Pull 
CoolingOSMonitorMonitor
NZXT 120mm fans strapped to stock 7970 cooler Windows 10 Pro Dell 3007WFP Dell 2007FP 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Dell 2007FP Cheap Toshiba (R.I.P. Ducky) PC Power & Cooling Silencer MKIII 950w Cheap Garbage (free) 
MouseAudio
Logitech G602 Yardsale Special 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i5 3330 Asus H61 MSI GTX 750Ti Low Profile 2x4GB Hynix DDR3-1333 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
60GB Kingston SSD 1TB Seagate Samsung DVDRW CoolerMaster Gemin II 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 8.1 + Steam Big Picture / Plex HT 50" Insignia LED 1080p Logitech Rosewill Green 530w 
CaseMouseAudioOther
Silverstone HTPC Logitech Pioneer 2.0 tower speakers + 135w RMS Rosewill MCE Remote 
  hide details  
Reply
post #8 of 18
Thread Starter 
Alright! You talked me into it. Now u just need a guide on how to use that extra ram for the start up apps

That might be a pretty good idea since I have quit a fee programs that load at start up
Edited by whipple16 - 8/10/11 at 11:48pm
Daily Driver
(10 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel I7 6700k ASUS Hero VIII EVGA GTX 980 TI Corsair Ballistx Sport DDR4 16GB 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Samsung 250GB SSD Custom Water loop Windows 10 enterprise XB270UH 
PowerCase
EVGA G2 750w Thermaltake Core P5 
  hide details  
Reply
Daily Driver
(10 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel I7 6700k ASUS Hero VIII EVGA GTX 980 TI Corsair Ballistx Sport DDR4 16GB 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Samsung 250GB SSD Custom Water loop Windows 10 enterprise XB270UH 
PowerCase
EVGA G2 750w Thermaltake Core P5 
  hide details  
Reply
post #9 of 18
Quote:
Originally Posted by whipple16 View Post
Alright! You talked me into it. Now u just need a guide on how to use that extra ram for the start up apps

That might be a pretty good idea since I have quit a fee programs that load at start up
I use this program.

You can specifiy up to 4GB of RAM to be used as a RAM disk. Just make sure you set it to save as an image on shutdown, and reload the image at startup, and you won't lose anything.

Other uses of 16GB of RAM could be virtual machines. You can try out Linux, or use XP for legacy games, etc.
Junkyard
(18 items)
 
NAStradamous
(12 items)
 
HTPC01
(16 items)
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i5 2320 @ 3.1GHz MSI B75MA-E33 HIS HD7970 3GB @ 1050 / 1700, 1.17v Patriot 2x4GB DDR3-1066 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Crucial MX100 256GB WD Green 2TB DVDRW Corsair H50 Push / Pull 
CoolingOSMonitorMonitor
NZXT 120mm fans strapped to stock 7970 cooler Windows 10 Pro Dell 3007WFP Dell 2007FP 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Dell 2007FP Cheap Toshiba (R.I.P. Ducky) PC Power & Cooling Silencer MKIII 950w Cheap Garbage (free) 
MouseAudio
Logitech G602 Yardsale Special 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i5 3330 Asus H61 MSI GTX 750Ti Low Profile 2x4GB Hynix DDR3-1333 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
60GB Kingston SSD 1TB Seagate Samsung DVDRW CoolerMaster Gemin II 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 8.1 + Steam Big Picture / Plex HT 50" Insignia LED 1080p Logitech Rosewill Green 530w 
CaseMouseAudioOther
Silverstone HTPC Logitech Pioneer 2.0 tower speakers + 135w RMS Rosewill MCE Remote 
  hide details  
Reply
Junkyard
(18 items)
 
NAStradamous
(12 items)
 
HTPC01
(16 items)
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i5 2320 @ 3.1GHz MSI B75MA-E33 HIS HD7970 3GB @ 1050 / 1700, 1.17v Patriot 2x4GB DDR3-1066 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Crucial MX100 256GB WD Green 2TB DVDRW Corsair H50 Push / Pull 
CoolingOSMonitorMonitor
NZXT 120mm fans strapped to stock 7970 cooler Windows 10 Pro Dell 3007WFP Dell 2007FP 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Dell 2007FP Cheap Toshiba (R.I.P. Ducky) PC Power & Cooling Silencer MKIII 950w Cheap Garbage (free) 
MouseAudio
Logitech G602 Yardsale Special 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i5 3330 Asus H61 MSI GTX 750Ti Low Profile 2x4GB Hynix DDR3-1333 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
60GB Kingston SSD 1TB Seagate Samsung DVDRW CoolerMaster Gemin II 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 8.1 + Steam Big Picture / Plex HT 50" Insignia LED 1080p Logitech Rosewill Green 530w 
CaseMouseAudioOther
Silverstone HTPC Logitech Pioneer 2.0 tower speakers + 135w RMS Rosewill MCE Remote 
  hide details  
Reply
post #10 of 18
same thing happened to me when I had SLI 480s and was running a custom config and lots of AA. My system memory usage would exceed 4gb within about 30 seconds of playing and my FPS would fall right down to around 20.

moved to 8gb of ram and problem solved!
Broke
(16 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i9 7920x Asus Rampage VI Extreme Titan Xp Gskills Trident Z 4000 C16 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingCooling
Corsair Force NVMe Samsung 960 Evo 1260 Phobya Supernova EK Coolstream 360 XE 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 10 Pro x64 Acer Predator X34 Razer EVGA G2 1200w 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
Primochill Praxis Wetbench Logitech G902 Razer Asus Xonar STX 
  hide details  
Reply
Broke
(16 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i9 7920x Asus Rampage VI Extreme Titan Xp Gskills Trident Z 4000 C16 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingCooling
Corsair Force NVMe Samsung 960 Evo 1260 Phobya Supernova EK Coolstream 360 XE 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 10 Pro x64 Acer Predator X34 Razer EVGA G2 1200w 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
Primochill Praxis Wetbench Logitech G902 Razer Asus Xonar STX 
  hide details  
Reply
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Memory
Overclock.net › Forums › Components › Memory › is 4GB of Ram my bottleneck?