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Does the speed of RAM give gaming better FPS?

#11it_r_over9000Posted 2/15/2014 8:00:52 PM
Mr Hangman posted...
From benchmarking tests I've read, it's very rare for faster RAM to provide more than the tiniest amount of more FPS.


I had been playing BF4 on my 760 with 8 GB of RAM and struggling to hold 60 FPS and could only get it with Vsync on. After I found out my RAM was downclocked to 1333 when it was actually 1866 I got an immediate performance increase. I was able to edit my config file for BF4 and set my FPS limit up to 120 and turn off Vsync and it consistently stayed at 120. Of course that's not due to having 1866 RAM, its just due to it being its actual speed.
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#12Xeeh_BitzPosted 2/15/2014 8:30:07 PM
1600 ram is normally fine for gaming, anything higher is for specified applications or benchmarking, it doesn't do a lot for gaming with the exception of some very few memory reliant games

Difference between the G Skill and Corsair, the Corsair are normally rated higher, cherry picked so to speak, great for overclocking. G Skill can overclock just as well, and cheaper. Go with the G Skill unless you like the looks of Corsair and outrageous pricing. The cooling fins on them are really mostly for looks, they help with passive cooling but it's honestly not going to make a huge difference.
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#13PsythikPosted 2/15/2014 9:37:32 PM(edited)
DDR3 is cheap so there's really no reason to get any RAM slower than 1600MHz. You really don't need anything faster than that either. Plus anything faster doesn't conform to JDEC standards IIRC, and a lot of motherboards can't even support the higher speeds.

Go with 1600, and call it a day.
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#14JKatarnPosted 2/15/2014 10:29:36 PM
Unless you're using an integrated GPU (and if you're asking about better FPS/concerned with FPS, I'm guessing you're not), the speed/timing of RAM has very little bearing on the realworld performance of your computer. I would be far more concerned with GPU/CPU performance.
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#15DRAGON07891230Posted 2/15/2014 11:51:07 PM
Risks with cooling fins: blocks something in a future expansion.
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#16Mr kittyPosted 2/16/2014 3:37:58 AM
Ram make a difference on you CPU performance. If you have a strong GPU you won't notice while using Vsync.
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#17JKatarnPosted 2/16/2014 1:40:04 PM
Mr kitty posted...
Ram make a difference on you CPU performance. If you have a strong GPU you won't notice while using Vsync.


No, no it won't, unless you're using ancient RAM (which would be unlikely to be compatible with a modern mobo), forcing you to lower your FSB speed or something, buying "enthusiast" etc. RAM is not going to make any appreciable difference in performance.
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#18DarkZV2BetaPosted 2/17/2014 2:06:28 PM
JKatarn posted...
Mr kitty posted...
Ram make a difference on you CPU performance. If you have a strong GPU you won't notice while using Vsync.


No, no it won't, unless you're using ancient RAM (which would be unlikely to be compatible with a modern mobo), forcing you to lower your FSB speed or something, buying "enthusiast" etc. RAM is not going to make any appreciable difference in performance.


It can in some cases when dealing with extreme framerates. IIRC, BF4 actually gets memory bound in the 100fps range using 1600mhz ddr3.
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