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1 year ago#1
I'm trying to decide what speed of RAM to get for my new gaming PC, 1600, 1866, or 2133.

If I get the cheaper 1600, will I get less FPS in next-gen games like BF4 at high resolutions?

Also, whats the differance between regular ram and G.skill, or Vengeance? Is it just looks?
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1 year ago#2
No.

Well... some tests have shown you get 1-2 fps increase, but I'd say that's because of a margin of error.
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1 year ago#3
G.Skill and Vengeance have cooling fins. It's not strictly necessary but that's what it is. It's usually high quality memory at any rate.
1 year ago#4
If it's over 8 GB you're beating the consoles and therefore 99% of games.
1 year ago#5
It depends on the CPU you're getting, but in most cases, it doesn't make much of a difference.
Unless you're getting an AMD APU, DDR3-1600 is perfectly fine.

GaMeFr33k posted...
Also, whats the differance between regular ram and G.skill, or Vengeance? Is it just looks?


Just to dispel any confusion, G.Skill or Corsair RAM is regular RAM. If by "regular RAM" you meant DIMMs that don't have heat sinks on (such as http://brain.pan.e-merchant.com/1/9/19713391/l_19713391.jpg), then the only difference between those and DIMMs that do have heat sinks on is... the heat sink.
In the end, very few of those RAM brands actually make RAM, in most cases they just buy it from the companies that do make RAM (e.g. Samsung, Micron, Hynix, Elpida, etc.)
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1 year ago#6
It really depends. If you're using an APU solution by AMD, then yes the speed of ram does affect gameplay performance. However if you're using a cpu with a discreet gpu then generally speaking no.
1 year ago#7
codyorr posted...
If it's over 8 GB you're beating the consoles and therefore 99% of games.


He's asking about speeds, not size. Back to your 360.
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1 year ago#8
Typically no
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1 year ago#9
From benchmarking tests I've read, it's very rare for faster RAM to provide more than the tiniest amount of more FPS.
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1 year ago#10
If you had integrated graphics or an APU, maybe? Would still likely be negligible.

Anyway, all things being equal (low CAS, good timings and so on) 1600 if more than adequate for a gaming rig.
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