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I'm planning on doing some heavy bench-marking to test 4gb of ram vs 8gb of ram and I wanted some suggestions on tools that people use to record man/min/avg fps while gaming. I will be using several tools such as Adrenaline Crysis 2 benchmark tool, and similiar tools for stalker and metro 2003 as well.

I'm going to run some benchmarks later when I can get my Crysis 2 activation bullshiz worked out.

Games I am thinking about including:

Mafia 2
Crysis Warhead*
Crysis 2*
Battlefield Bad Company 2
Battlefield 3
Starcraft 2
Black Ops
Skyrim* + mods (The way it was meant to be played)
Fallout New Vegas* + Mods (the way it was meant to be played)
Batman Arkam
AvP
Battlefield 2
Metro 2033
Stalker C.O.P*

All at the highest possible setting.

Anyone have some bechmark tools to suggest to record max, min, and avg fps? Thanks guys.

*Also, do you think including the mods in the most popularly modded games is a good idea? Such as Fallout New Vegas, or Crysis Warhead?

BTW This is solely for use on OCN. I have another thread going about this and I thought it would be nice to bring some numbers to the table.

Go to this thread to vote on a Recommendation of your own!
http://www.overclock.net/t/1185798/8gb-of-ram-is-unnecessary-poll-here
Edited by Acefire - 12/17/11 at 8:36am
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Frames per second on games isn't the only way to test for the differences between 8GB system RAM versus 4GB. I think the largest difference you will notice is loading times and the system's general ability to multitask without incurring slowdowns. Granted, having less RAM than the ideal will incur in some HDD swapping mid-game, probably contributing to some reduced minimum framerates so testing for FPS fluctuations isnt a bad idea after all.

Mainly what i wanted to say is do not limit your tests to simply measuring Frame per seconds.
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Do you recommend any method of actually recording these benchmarks though? Min/max/avg? Or a way to capture the other "added" benefits of gaming with 4gb or 8gb of ram?

Any contributions would be greatly appreciated. I want to get some number on this so we can start discussing the conclusions!

Have a look here to see where I am going with this benchmark-athon

http://www.overclock.net/t/1185798/8gb-of-ram-is-unnecessary-poll-here
Edited by Acefire - 12/17/11 at 7:20am
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I've always used FRAPS myself. That and some of those games have actual benchmarks (like Metro and Crysis 2)...
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Yes I was planning on using those benchmark tools. But I need something to record and present to me the avg/max/min fps for game that don't have those tools, for instance Battlefield 3.

I have fraps and Afterburner. Just curious if there was something that would make benchmarking 10+ games easier.


Ughh..... I hate this Crysis 2 DRm. I have to request more activations and re-install the whole game. frown.gif
Edited by Acefire - 12/17/11 at 8:18am
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This isn't really like testing different video cards or cpus where you can get away with playing the game and using fraps to record the framerate. You kind of need to use a timedemo for this type of test. You need something very repeatable and consistent since there probably isn't any difference.
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Thanks I will look into that. I may restrict myself to games that have a benchmarking tool such as Crysis 2 and metro 2033. But I really want to benchmark Battlefield 3.
Edited by Acefire - 12/17/11 at 8:18am
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I'm planning on doing some heavy bench-marking to test 4gb of ram vs 8gb of ram and I wanted some suggestions on tools that people use to record man/min/avg fps while gaming. I will be using several tools such as Adrenaline Crysis 2 benchmark tool, and similiar tools for stalker and metro 2003 as well.
I'm going to run some benchmarks later when I can get my Crysis 2 activation bullshiz worked out.
Games I am thinking about including:
Mafia 2
Crysis Warhead*
Crysis 2*
Battlefield Bad Company 2
Battlefield 3
Starcraft 2
Black Ops
Skyrim* + mods (The way it was meant to be played)
Fallout New Vegas* + Mods (the way it was meant to be played)
Batman Arkam
AvP
Battlefield 2
Metro 2033
Stalker C.O.P*
All at the highest possible setting.
Anyone have some bechmark tools to suggest to record max, min, and avg fps? Thanks guys.
*Also, do you think including the mods in the most popularly modded games is a good idea? Such as Fallout New Vegas, or Crysis Warhead?
BTW This is solely for use on OCN. I have another thread going about this and I thought it would be nice to bring some numbers to the table.
Go to this thread to vote on a Recommendation of your own!
http://www.overclock.net/t/1185798/8gb-of-ram-is-unnecessary-poll-here

It's not just about gaming. Were talking about a PC not a Xbox. Most of us have other programs running in the background like skype, chrome, steam and the games are run in windowed or windowed full-screen mode, with dual monitors.
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Thanks for your response.

I am trying to just see the benefit of 4gb of ram vs 8gb with only gaming. It is well established that you need more ram if you are planning on running background applications. I just wanted to see what I could tell just based on gaming performance and ram, with only a game being opened.

Maybe I can establish a reasonable amount of default programs that I could run simultaneously with the benchmark going. To see just how much it help when you have more ram and you want to have stuff open while you game.
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I think this is a good idea for people who are thinking of upgrading ram (like me)

Crysis Warhead and GTA IV have their own benchmarks.
you could use fraps for other games.
Minimum and Average FPS are more important than max fps.


Maybe run these some programs while benching:

1 browser like firefox
1 download software like steam or itunes
1 media player
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