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4 questions about next gen PC gaming.

Will my Intel i7 990X CPU be good enough for next gen gaming or would I need something like a 4960x?

Is PCIE 3.0 going to be relevant/necessary for next gen?

How much VRAM is really necessary for upcoming games? (Currently at 2GB)

How would triple channel DDR3 compare to the PS4's DDR5?


If you guys have any technical information or links on these topics that would be awesome. I like to understand how this stuff works.
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  1. Cuzzin Chizzy said:
    Will my Intel i7 990X CPU be good enough for next gen gaming or would I need something like a 4960x?

    Is PCIE 3.0 going to be relevant/necessary for next gen?

    How much VRAM is really necessary for upcoming games? (Currently at 2GB)

    How would triple channel DDR3 compare to the PS4's DDR5?


    If you guys have any technical information or links on these topics that would be awesome. I like to understand how this stuff works.


    The 990X is overkill for gaming, a 4690K would be fine. PCIe 3.0 x16 will need to be used probably for the 800 series of NVidia GPUs. PS4 doesn't have DDR5, it has GDDR5 in the GPU. That is the high speed memory that the GPU uses to store textures. DDR3 Triple Channel would work great.
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    Most i7's are enough for gaming for the next few years.

    I don't think next gen cards will saturate 16 pcie 2.0 lanes.

    1440p will be the norm in two years and will need 3gb.
    I don't believe the next gen cards will run 4k OK for less than $500.

    DDR5 can be faster than DDR3. But if your mobo allows, through XMP, you can get really fast DDR3 ram (3000MHz) now. Next gen will be DDR4 for pc's.
  3. i7Baby said:
    Most i7's are enough for gaming for the next few years.

    I don't think next gen cards will saturate 16 pcie 2.0 lanes.

    1440p will be the norm in two years and will need 3gb.
    I don't believe the next gen cards will run 4k OK for less than $500.

    DDR5 can be faster than DDR3. But if your mobo allows, through XMP, you can get really fast DDR3 ram (3000MHz) now. Next gen will be DDR4 for pc's.


    DDR4 hasn't even come out DDR5 isn't even something to talk about. It does use GDDR5, not sure how they worked that out.
  4. I didn't say it would be.
  5. i7Baby said:
    I didn't say it would be.


    I know, but he did. Not referring to you there. Don't know why some people think DDR4 won't be as good as DDR3. I mean, look at this: http://www.micron.com/products/dram/ddr3-to-ddr4 All positives.
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