Originally Posted by TheHorse
Is there any reason I really need more than 16GB if I'm not running lots of huge programs at once?
I don't think my memory usage ever really goes above probably 6GB. I'd imagine the increased speed would be more beneficial in games than having the extra 8GB it can't use anyway, no?
Extra memory is for stability and accessibility, not speed. That's a different parameter. Some video games may have slightly increased fps (frames per second, not first person shooter) that utilize extra processing (such as GTA V or witcher 3, things w/ a lot of NPCs - non-playable characters). Windows is a bit retarded
with managing RAM when it comes to scaling; i.e. multitasking 30 different programs. jk ily windows xD!
Now, applications that do use a lot of memory involves rendering/editing videos/music or other content creation/productivity, such as photoshop or 3D modeling, memory does come in handy. Think of memory like a buffer - too little makes your computer laggy, while 8gb is the safe zone. Another situation of using lots of memory involves running dozens of applications at once, like streaming while playing a video game while programming that particular video game for bugs/fixes (developer stuff) and having multiple tabs open on an internet browser, etc.
i.e. you notice the bottom right corner of your taskbar may have like 6 to 9 applications, right? Well, some power users could have like 20-30 applications. Think of the people who use 3 to 9 monitors, like security monitors or people who work on the "breaking news". Basically, if you're a professional -> more memory is appropriate for you. For anyone else, who isn't an enthusiast, more than 8gb of memory is arguably unnecessary.Edited by bboiprfsr - 8/20/16 at 6:01pm