Originally Posted by amstech
That's why I said "was"
When did I ever say "those are tho only two applications in the world"? I never did, so don't put words in my mouth. Those were the two you
picked as examples for why you need more memory, and frankly, those applications don't
need more memory.
Video streaming, video encoding, video decoding, video playback, video capturing - all of those applications are far
more dependent on hard-drive through-put than RAM. Yes, if you had 24GB of RAM you could store all your streamed video in memory and if you needed to access it, sure it would be fast. But that is due to the high throughput of the memory, not the amount. RAM is random access
memory. Those applications have nearly zero need for random access.
As far as gaming is concerned--an application the OP specifically
stated he was only marginally interested is--you don't need more than 4GB of RAM unless you play the highest-end games at this time. Since most games are still
32-bit, and therefore can't address more than 4GB of memory, it will take a while before you see main-stream games needing more than that.
Now, if you are doing multimedia creation, like I said before
, then more RAM will definitely
help you. Since multimedia creation general involves non-linear editing of large RAW files, then you want those large files in a random access-friendly location: RAM.
No it isn't.
Not for what he is doing, 16GB doesn't cost much at all and your set for the future.
What exactly is he doing? Obviously you have some information that I don't have, because all I know is that the OP said he's doing "video encoding."
Now, I don't disagree that more RAM is useful. If you had an unlimited budget, I would recommend that you fully populate your mobo, since more RAM can always be used, either in multitasking, high-end gaming, or HD video editing. But if it's a question of what you need
, then no, you don't need
16GB of RAM for some gaming and video encoding.