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Hey guys,

I've started to really hit a ceiling lately with RAM in my gaming rig. Currently it only has 4GB in there and my freshly tricked out Skyrim won't run for more than a few minutes. I'm looking to upgrade to 8GB ASAP. Meanwhile I'm curious.. how much performance have I been missing out on?

PC in question is my AMD gamer sig rig. RAM is F3-16000CL9 Ripjaws, I only have it running at 1600MHz though because I've no idea when it comes to a memory overclock.



Teach me something biggrin.gif

Thanks!
Sam







Side question: better off with a new pair of 4GB sticks, or just as good slotting in another 2x2GB of whatever comes up at the right price? Don't want to ruin my OC..
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I've started to really hit a ceiling lately with RAM in my gaming rig. Currently it only has 4GB in there and my freshly tricked out Skyrim won't run for more than a few minutes. I'm looking to upgrade to 8GB ASAP. Meanwhile I'm curious.. how much performance have I been missing out on?

PC in question is my AMD gamer sig rig. RAM is F3-16000CL9 Ripjaws, I only have it running at 1600MHz though because I've no idea when it comes to a memory overclock.

Side question: better off with a new pair of 4GB sticks, or just as good slotting in another 2x2GB of whatever comes up at the right price? Don't want to ruin my OC..

In most cases, 4GB of memory will do. Of course, Skyrm mods are an exception.

As for new RAM, you might as well get a new 2x4GB kit and sell the old one. There just aren't that many DDR3-2000 2x2GB kits around anymore.

I find it odd that you were running it at only 1600MHz, however. I'm pretty sure your motherboard supports XMP memory profiles, did you ever load those in BIOS?
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I don't recall seeing an option to load them up in BIOS, so nope never tried it. I have once or twice tried tweaking various settings or following the odd random guide to memory OC'ing but it always just ended in frustration tongue.gif

Is there a 'memory OC for dummies' method that will give me a good chance of squeezing some more juice out of them, just out of sheer curiosity more than anything?
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