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Would upgrading my value RAM improve frame drops when CPU limited?

Discussion in 'Memory' started by MentalSharps, Mar 13, 2019.

  1. MentalSharps

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    I've been playing Apex Legends and Anthem, and looking to increase the minimum fps during drops - (I like to cap fps to whatever the minimum I drop to, so I always have consistency)

    I've overclocked my CPU and it still hits 100% at some times, just wondering whether my cheap RAM is bottlenecking

    Intel 2600k @ 4.4ghz
    RTX 2060 @ 2070mhz
    8gb Corsair Value Select 1333mhz CL9

    Would swapping out my RAM for 16Gb of 1866mhz or 2133mhz help performance?

    Anthem feels as if it might be bottlenecking due to the size, stats in Afterburner show that it uses the full 8Gb RAM when playing, and my swap file is also at 12Gb. Apex I play on lowest settings, it only uses about 4-5Gb, so I guess that would be more a question of speed?
     
  2. pastymuncher

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    Ram speed made very little difference before Kabylake came along so don't waste your money. Your cpu is old now so maybe it's that it just can't deliver the power for modern games anymore.
     
  3. opethdisciple

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    It sure wouldn't hurt. The extra ram will probably help more than the ram speed. But more Mhz would also help.

    If you are short on cash, then do it, otherwise you are looking at a cpu/mobo/ram upgrade.

    If it doesn't cost too might be worth it for the short term.
     
  4. MentalSharps

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    Yeah I thought that DDR3 gaming performance wasn't really affected by speed which was why I bought the 1333mhz initially, but that was a while ago and some benchmarks from modern games seem to show a difference?

    I managed to pick up 4x4GB of 2133mhz 2nd hand relatively cheap anyway, will test it out.

    Am planning a proper system upgrade when the new Ryzen come out, this will tide me over until then.
     
  5. MaXxBoulton

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    it was always said 1600mhz/1866mhz was the best place for ddr3, anything past this point made little to no difference.
    However 1333Mhz > 1600/1866Mhz was supposed to make a very good difference in gaming performance

    16gb is a go to number for ram size now days in games


    for apex your system is way pasted the recommended system to play
    for Anthem, your CPU will hold you back also you need 16gb of ram to hit recommended system to play
     
  6. Rroff

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    I did some tests awhile back - didn't try 1333 but tried 1600 loose timings, 2133 and 2400MHz tight timings the difference in min FPS in the games tested was 4.3% and max FPS 8.6% from slowest to fastest RAM configuration.

    2133MHz with tight timings actually gives the best balance of performance unless you are running multiple GPUs in CF/SLI but not a huge amount in it - mostly 5% stuff.
     
  7. MaXxBoulton

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    Given the info from @Rroff. And that Anthem like to load more files to ram if you have 16gb. I think an health bump is memory size and speed could help here.