Gaming in 2017 requires immense memory and some games optimal system requirements are at 12 GB of RAM. Games nowadays require you to have at least 8 GBs of RAM. The old days are over where you could have a PC with 4 GBs of RAM and not think about buying RAMs for the next 3 years. It is essential for computers to have 8 GBs of RAMs, whether you are a casual gamer or competitive gamer. At this point having 4 GBs of RAM and trying to run Crisis 3 at maximum settings will not even be possible, why? Because the amount of memory intake increases when raising up the graphic settings for the game. Meaning that at maximum settings it’ll require you to have at least 6-8 GBs of RAM to just run the game. You may be able to just run the game with extreme high-end GPU and CPU. To actually get higher FPS depends on the processor and GPU. So in order words, No, RAM doesn’t have the biggest impact on your FPS.
It is proven that, for some games, it actually increases the FPS slightly. Although that is mostly seen in powerful computers where the RAM is holding the other components back. The table below shows the differences of FPS when inserting a high-end gaming RAM to the setup.
|Crisis 3 (Max settings)||Intel Core i7-6700, 4 x 3.40GHz||ASUS STRIX GTX 980 Direct CU 2 OC 4GD5||Vision 4 GB DDR3 - 1033 MHz||Avg: 56|
|Crisis 3 (Max settings)||Intel Core i7-6700, 4 x 3.40GHz||ASUS STRIX GTX 980 Direct CU 2 OC 4GD5||G.Skill Ripjaws Gaming 2x4GB - 2400 MHz DDR4||Avg: 71|
As it is seen, the 4 GB RAM is holding the Avg. FPS of the game back. With so powerful CPU and GPU, it is actually still possible to run Crisis 3 at max settings, even with 4 GB of standard RAM. But when using a GTX 960 GPU with an older processor (Intel-i7 3.4 GHz 2600K) and 4 GB RAM it wouldn’t even run Crisis 3. This is because there is not enough memory for the game to run. The only possible option to run the game is buying a decent pair of gaming RAM with at least 8 GB of capacity. You could also go for stronger GPU/CPU because the stronger GPU/CPU the less RAM needed. This means that you should be no doubt spend your money on a better GPU or CPU since they are the essential components for gaming. RAMs general mission is to start up applications so therefore their main mission is not to improve FPS.
Does RAM MHz improve FPS?
We covered up if RAMs increase FPS, as it is mentioned not really, and occasionally yes. Does the speed of RAM improve FPS, that is the question now? Very simple and square, do not aim for which type of RAM it is or the speed (MHz) value of the RAM, but the capacity. Spending some more money for 4 GBs more is 10 times more valuable than upgrading from 1333 MHz to 2400 MHz. If you’re interested in gaming, your RAM should be above or 1333 MHz, nothing under and everything over is just very small details. Games tend to have the exact same FPS when comparing a 1333 MHz and 2400 MHz RAM. This is because of the latency and frequency line. Bumping up the frequency makes the latency higher, therefore, it doesn’t influence the game since games require high frequency but low latency.
|800 MHz||1333 MHz||1600 MHz||1866 MHz||2400 MHz|
|32.0 FPS||32.3 FPS||32.8 FPS||32.8 FPS||32.7 FPS|
The only time where the frequency rate makes a difference is when it comes to editing programs. Using Photoshop, Adobe After Effects or other editing programs requires you to have more frequency rate, but it all depends on how you use the programs. If you’re using them casually to intermediate level then it wouldn’t actually matter how fast your RAMs are. On the other hand using multiple 3D settings and rendering high-definition obstacles makes the render time a lot longer and a higher speed RAM is necessary for this if the intention is to bump up the speed. Basically, for gaming, there is no need for higher speed RAMs and for huge rendering programs, there is a small need for them. RAM speed is just detailed and most gaming RAMs include them in their information to look good on picture, so be aware of this.
Overclocking RAM improve FPS?
This leads us to our next mystery. Will overclocking RAM improve FPS? Simply no, because overclocking RAM simply increases the RAM speed and frequency rate of the RAM, resulting in higher latency. This has almost no significance when playing games. It actually just endangers your PC more than before. It is a common mistake that amateurs think that overclocking RAM improves their FPS. They tend to overclock their good old 4 GB RAM’s speed, from 1333 MHz to 1600 MHz, instead of spending some cash on a budget gaming RAM, with at least 8 GB of memory capacity.