Overclock.net › Forums › Components › Memory › 4gb vs 8gb ram-?
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

4gb vs 8gb ram-?

post #1 of 40
Thread Starter 
I mostly use my pc for gaming on intensive games and the occasional bit of encoding, will i notice a big performance increase from buying another 4gb of ram?

is the advantage of 8gb that you can load a full program onto the ram? or something else?

btw off topic: I just got 69 rep woot!
Choadasaurus-Rex
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 2500k Asus P8P67 Pro [on route] Gigabyte GTX 580 Mushkin Blackline 4GB 1600mhz 8-8-8-24 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
2X Samsung F3 HD502HJ 500GB .-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-. Windows 7 HP 64 bit Samsung Syncmaster Xl2370 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech G15 Corsair HX750w Corsair 800D Logitech G9 
  hide details  
Reply
Choadasaurus-Rex
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 2500k Asus P8P67 Pro [on route] Gigabyte GTX 580 Mushkin Blackline 4GB 1600mhz 8-8-8-24 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
2X Samsung F3 HD502HJ 500GB .-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-. Windows 7 HP 64 bit Samsung Syncmaster Xl2370 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech G15 Corsair HX750w Corsair 800D Logitech G9 
  hide details  
Reply
post #2 of 40
Most people will say that 4GB is plenty and that you really don't need more then that. However, I constantly use over 4GB of ram myself while gaming so for me the jump up to 8GB was much needed.

Force III
(18 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
i7 860 @ 4.0GHz DFI LANParty DK P55-T3eH9 EVGA GTX 570 EVGA GTX 280 
RAMHard DriveCoolingCooling
Crucial Ballistix 8GB DDR3 1600 2 x 640GB WD Black RAID 0 Swiftech Apogee HD  XSPC EX240  
OSMonitorMonitorKeyboard
Windows 7 HP x64 Samsung 2494SW Samsung P2250 Microsoft Sidewinder X6 
PowerCaseMouseAudio
Corsair HX850 Xigmatek Utgard Microsoft Sidewinder X8 Wireless Logitech X-540 
  hide details  
Reply
Force III
(18 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
i7 860 @ 4.0GHz DFI LANParty DK P55-T3eH9 EVGA GTX 570 EVGA GTX 280 
RAMHard DriveCoolingCooling
Crucial Ballistix 8GB DDR3 1600 2 x 640GB WD Black RAID 0 Swiftech Apogee HD  XSPC EX240  
OSMonitorMonitorKeyboard
Windows 7 HP x64 Samsung 2494SW Samsung P2250 Microsoft Sidewinder X6 
PowerCaseMouseAudio
Corsair HX850 Xigmatek Utgard Microsoft Sidewinder X8 Wireless Logitech X-540 
  hide details  
Reply
post #3 of 40
I dont think you would notice a real performance increase in gaming, programs should open a small bit faster i believe. But if you use photoshop, aftereffects, ETC. you should see a noticable difference in performance there.
post #4 of 40
If you can afford it now, go for it... you may not be able to afford it later, and you will wish you bought it. It will give an increase in performance, however large or small, and that is why we are all here.
Weedy
(15 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 920 4.2Ghz @ 1.216v (load) HT off ASUS P6T Deluxe V2 Sapphire 7870 Ghz OC 6Gb Corsair TR3X6G1600C7 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
OCZ VERTEX 250Gb SSD WD Caviar Blue Hitachi 7k2000 Samsung Bluray Drive 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 8.1 Enterprise Sony KDL40D3500 40" Razer BlackWidow Ultimate Enermax Revolution 1250w 
CaseMouse
Antec 1200 Razer Mamba 
  hide details  
Reply
Weedy
(15 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 920 4.2Ghz @ 1.216v (load) HT off ASUS P6T Deluxe V2 Sapphire 7870 Ghz OC 6Gb Corsair TR3X6G1600C7 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
OCZ VERTEX 250Gb SSD WD Caviar Blue Hitachi 7k2000 Samsung Bluray Drive 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 8.1 Enterprise Sony KDL40D3500 40" Razer BlackWidow Ultimate Enermax Revolution 1250w 
CaseMouse
Antec 1200 Razer Mamba 
  hide details  
Reply
post #5 of 40
You won't see a big performance increase unless you are using up all your ram regularly.

And sure, I guess windows could use superfetch to cache more programs, but everything(including autodesk and adobe products) is lightning fast on my system and I have only 3GB.

Quote:
Originally Posted by ~Strawberry~ View Post

btw off topic: I just got 69 rep woot!

http://www.overclock.net/member-mile...75-69-rep.html

LOL
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 930 #3951A687 @ 4.1 GIGGLEHERTZ GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD3R EVGA GTX 470 mushkin 3GB DDR3 1600 7-8-7-20 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
3x Caviar Black 640GB, 2TB, HM160HI, 7200.7 etc. old 52x CD-R I found x64 Windows 7 Ultimate RTM HP w2207h 22" LCD 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Rocketfish Bluetooth Seasonic X-750 Antec Nine Hundred M$ Bluetooth Mouse 5000 
  hide details  
Reply
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 930 #3951A687 @ 4.1 GIGGLEHERTZ GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD3R EVGA GTX 470 mushkin 3GB DDR3 1600 7-8-7-20 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
3x Caviar Black 640GB, 2TB, HM160HI, 7200.7 etc. old 52x CD-R I found x64 Windows 7 Ultimate RTM HP w2207h 22" LCD 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Rocketfish Bluetooth Seasonic X-750 Antec Nine Hundred M$ Bluetooth Mouse 5000 
  hide details  
Reply
post #6 of 40
Quote:
Originally Posted by weidass View Post
If you can afford it now, go for it... you may not be able to afford it later, and you will wish you bought it. It will give an increase in performance, however large or small, and that is why we are all here.
Yeah, if you have the money then you might as well however 4GB should be fine.
BMO
(24 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel 3930K 4.5GHz HT GIGABYTE GA-X79-UP4 GIGABYTE R9 290X (x2) *CFX* GEil Evo Potenza DDR3 2400MHz CL10 (4x4GB) 
Hard DriveCoolingCoolingCooling
Samsung 840 Pro 128GB EK Supremacy Copper/Acetal  EK RES X3 150 Primochill PremoFlex Advanced LRT Clear 1/2 ID 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
EK-FC R9 290X Copper/Plexi  EK-FC R9 290X Copper/Plexi  EK D5 Vario Top-X  Phobya G-Changer V2 360 Copper RAD  
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
Phobya G-Changer V2 420 Copper RAD  NF F12's P/P (On 360 Rad)  NF A14's (On 420 Rad)  XSPC Chrome Compression Fittings 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Win-8.1 Pro 64-Bit ASUS VG278HE 27" 144Hz  Corsair Vengeance K90 Seasonic X-860 Platinum 
CaseMouseAudioAudio
Xigmatek Elysium  Logitech G400s CM Pulse R + Mic Creative Sound Blaster Z 
  hide details  
Reply
BMO
(24 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel 3930K 4.5GHz HT GIGABYTE GA-X79-UP4 GIGABYTE R9 290X (x2) *CFX* GEil Evo Potenza DDR3 2400MHz CL10 (4x4GB) 
Hard DriveCoolingCoolingCooling
Samsung 840 Pro 128GB EK Supremacy Copper/Acetal  EK RES X3 150 Primochill PremoFlex Advanced LRT Clear 1/2 ID 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
EK-FC R9 290X Copper/Plexi  EK-FC R9 290X Copper/Plexi  EK D5 Vario Top-X  Phobya G-Changer V2 360 Copper RAD  
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
Phobya G-Changer V2 420 Copper RAD  NF F12's P/P (On 360 Rad)  NF A14's (On 420 Rad)  XSPC Chrome Compression Fittings 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Win-8.1 Pro 64-Bit ASUS VG278HE 27" 144Hz  Corsair Vengeance K90 Seasonic X-860 Platinum 
CaseMouseAudioAudio
Xigmatek Elysium  Logitech G400s CM Pulse R + Mic Creative Sound Blaster Z 
  hide details  
Reply
post #7 of 40
Quote:
Originally Posted by Aqualoon View Post
Most people will say that 4GB is plenty and that you really don't need more then that. However, I constantly use over 4GB of ram myself while gaming so for me the jump up to 8GB was much needed.
What game uses over 2GB?
Once again...
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 920 [4.28GHz, HT] Asus P6T + Broadcom NetXtreme II VisionTek HD5850 [900/1200] + Galaxy GT240 2x4GB G.Skill Ripjaw X [1632 MHz] 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
Intel X25-M 160GB + 3xRAID0 500GB 7200.12 Window 7 Pro 64 Acer H243H + Samsung 226BW XARMOR-U9BL  
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Antec Truepower New 750W Li Lian PC-V2100 [10x120mm fans] Logitech G9 X-Trac Pro 
  hide details  
Reply
Once again...
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 920 [4.28GHz, HT] Asus P6T + Broadcom NetXtreme II VisionTek HD5850 [900/1200] + Galaxy GT240 2x4GB G.Skill Ripjaw X [1632 MHz] 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
Intel X25-M 160GB + 3xRAID0 500GB 7200.12 Window 7 Pro 64 Acer H243H + Samsung 226BW XARMOR-U9BL  
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Antec Truepower New 750W Li Lian PC-V2100 [10x120mm fans] Logitech G9 X-Trac Pro 
  hide details  
Reply
post #8 of 40
The only reason I can think of to have over 4-6GB of RAM would be if you're actually going to be using it. My server has 8GB of RAM but also runs an additional 4 VM's and uses every bit installed.

Just for day to day gaming 4GB is usually more than enough.

Quote:
Originally Posted by DuckieHo View Post
What game uses over 2GB?
Solitaire when running it in a virtual machine of XP, on a VM of Vista, on a VM of Win7, hosted by Server 2008
Wall-E
(16 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
i7 2600K GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 6970 6970 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
16GB Kingston Hyper-X DDR3-1600 OCZ Vertex 2 60GB SSD OS [RAID0][2x]160GB 16MB ... WD 600GB Raptor 10K WD Black 1TB 
Optical DriveOSMonitorPower
Samsung DVD-RAM Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit 28" Hanns-G BFG 1200W 
Case
Custom Wallhanger - see sig 
  hide details  
Reply
Wall-E
(16 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
i7 2600K GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 6970 6970 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
16GB Kingston Hyper-X DDR3-1600 OCZ Vertex 2 60GB SSD OS [RAID0][2x]160GB 16MB ... WD 600GB Raptor 10K WD Black 1TB 
Optical DriveOSMonitorPower
Samsung DVD-RAM Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit 28" Hanns-G BFG 1200W 
Case
Custom Wallhanger - see sig 
  hide details  
Reply
post #9 of 40
Thread Starter 
lol who gave me the 70th rep? - like the comment XD
Choadasaurus-Rex
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 2500k Asus P8P67 Pro [on route] Gigabyte GTX 580 Mushkin Blackline 4GB 1600mhz 8-8-8-24 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
2X Samsung F3 HD502HJ 500GB .-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-. Windows 7 HP 64 bit Samsung Syncmaster Xl2370 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech G15 Corsair HX750w Corsair 800D Logitech G9 
  hide details  
Reply
Choadasaurus-Rex
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 2500k Asus P8P67 Pro [on route] Gigabyte GTX 580 Mushkin Blackline 4GB 1600mhz 8-8-8-24 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
2X Samsung F3 HD502HJ 500GB .-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-. Windows 7 HP 64 bit Samsung Syncmaster Xl2370 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech G15 Corsair HX750w Corsair 800D Logitech G9 
  hide details  
Reply
post #10 of 40
I think 4GB of memory is enought.......Of course for now ...........
My System
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core 2 Quad Q6600 @3GHz [1.3V] P5Q-Deluxe Asus EAX5850 2X2GB [OCZ 6400] DDR2 800 MHz 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSPower
300 GB Philips Windows XP Asus 550W 
Case
Thermaltake Armor-MX 
  hide details  
Reply
My System
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core 2 Quad Q6600 @3GHz [1.3V] P5Q-Deluxe Asus EAX5850 2X2GB [OCZ 6400] DDR2 800 MHz 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSPower
300 GB Philips Windows XP Asus 550W 
Case
Thermaltake Armor-MX 
  hide details  
Reply
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Memory
Overclock.net › Forums › Components › Memory › 4gb vs 8gb ram-?