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January 26, 2011 7:43:24 PM

4GB of ram is good enough for me
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January 26, 2011 7:49:35 PM

RAM is very cheap on Newegg. It's about 50% than it was last year at this time. I'm talking about OCZ RAM, but I would pass on that brand. I've had lots of faulty DIMMs.
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January 26, 2011 7:53:51 PM

The lowest I saw DDR3 reach back in 2009 was about $55 for 4GB in August. Prices spiked afterwards, but it looks like someone messed up on their math somewhere, and there is just too much available now.

The prices today blow that out of the water. The last few machines I've built were easily able to fit 8~12GB of memory into the budget.
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January 26, 2011 7:54:07 PM

I think I'll stick with my 8GB, and wow production is cheap, they sell these things for 60x their value, I wonder if everything else does the same thing, maybe my 6850 only cost $10 to make?!
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January 26, 2011 7:55:46 PM

I hadn't checked on RAM prices for about 3 months since my build and I finally checked prices again on newegg about a week ago and was shocked. RAM that had cost me $90 three months ago was selling for $45. You get can 8GB of 1600MHz DDR3 for only about $100.

I'm actually tempted to upgrade my machine to 8GB because I've got a personal project I'm working on the requires processing a 17GB dataset and the extra RAM would be of some use.
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January 26, 2011 7:57:53 PM

Anything over 6gb is a complete waste. Anything over 3gb for gaming is a waste.
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January 26, 2011 8:02:39 PM

OK Bill Gates and no one needs more than 640k of RAM... *sigh*

I run 12GB in my system and 8GB in my old system. I can tell you running WoW as well as my browser with tons of Tabs open, IM, etc... that I routinely go over 5GB used. Sure, 12 may be overkill now, but i plan on keeping that machine for at least 4 years and I am sure to find apps and games that will utilize more RAM. Especially once we start seeing a lot more 64bit game clients.
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January 26, 2011 8:03:10 PM

With 15% promo code and $25 mail-in-rebate, I got 4GB for 28.54 shipped about a month ago. Now the price dropped $20, and with the current $15 MIR, it's still about $30 shipped. Don't see it getting much better than that without delving into the lower end stuff.
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January 26, 2011 8:04:11 PM

I remember back in August I bought my new machine, and I shelled out $85 for 2x2GB G.Skill DDR3, and that was the cheapest stuff they had on NewEgg. Now? That same kit I bought for $85 is under $40, and it's really pissing me off! Trust me folks, get your RAM now, while its dirt cheap!
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January 26, 2011 8:04:51 PM

Yeah it's a waste for most people, but who cares. Extra RAM isn't going to slow your computer down, and it's so dirt cheap there;s not much of a reason not to get a extra RAM. Besides the OS can use the extra RAM for the hard drive page cache which could give a slight performance boost for files that get accessed frequently, like say the browser cache.

Although if you're overclocking a CPU through increasing the BCLK then less RAM could be beneficial.
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January 26, 2011 8:34:21 PM

Now "they" just need to reduce the prices of SSD!!!
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January 26, 2011 8:36:17 PM

I think memory prices will still fall until demand picks up, like somewhere Back to school season and Thanksgiving.
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January 26, 2011 8:57:36 PM

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The 1 Gb DDR3 memory chips are currently seeing the highest demand and lowest prices as a result.

That's bad economics. It's higher supply that would lower prices. The result of higher demand would be a higher price, not lower.
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January 26, 2011 9:02:07 PM

GeekApprovedAnything over 6gb is a complete waste. Anything over 3gb for gaming is a waste.


/Hands GeekApproved a flame-retardent jacket and flak jacket...

You're gonna need it...
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January 26, 2011 9:20:35 PM

I needed more than 6GB in my system. Try running computations Matlab, Mathematica, and AutoCAD with 6 or less.
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January 26, 2011 9:28:31 PM

If you actually think about it its only natural that ram prices drop like this... a few years back 2gb ram was very expensive. I think 8gb should be what 4gb was 2 years ago and that is reached now :) 
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January 26, 2011 9:30:30 PM

soldier37have 8Gb DDR 3 now, may go with 12Gb this year for my next build, 8 core bulldozer at 4Ghz/12Gb DDR3, Asus 6990 4Gb, 2560 x 1600 super ips panel via display port. Life is grand!


Cool specs. I've got 12gb DDR 3, 8 core bulldozer at 4.01Ghz/12gb DDR3, Asus 6990 4gb, and 2561x1600 super ips panel via display port. That makes my life grander than yours. PS. You're a tool.
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January 26, 2011 9:48:36 PM

I undestand some people need more than 6GB (or 4 in my case) but for MOST of the ppl getting 6+GB is useless since they use it for moderate gaming and facebook
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January 26, 2011 10:00:57 PM

When I only had 6GB I ran a small RAMDISK, and it was quite convenient. One DIMM died, and now I'm at 4GB. :( 
Here's one person hoping we'll see some LGA 2011 consumer boards with 8 DIMMs (I want the extra memory, but don't want a server board). Who needs a SSD? :) 
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January 26, 2011 10:11:47 PM

I'm still running with 2GB with Windows7. Guess I should order another 2GB... maybe 4.
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January 26, 2011 10:17:40 PM

ROFL at more than 6gb is a waste, I run Catia V5-R18 and I can honestly say, 128gb isnt enough, 1tb I could actually render a whole job with stress test but thats only if I use .158 inch, I heard of Ford using 2mm stress test, which would take 6.879tb of dram with proper scaling. Ram limitations hold back real workstations which is sad cuz they keep making cheap crappy 1-2-4gb sticks for dirt cheap.

I say start making 16gb sticks and stop losing money!!!!!!!!!

NEED MOAR RAM
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January 26, 2011 10:28:33 PM

BelardoI'm still running with 2GB with Windows7. Guess I should order another 2GB... maybe 4.

Yeah, we have some older machines at work we use for Win7 testing (not fully deployed yet to our 14000 users..) And even with the 32bit version (dont ask....) going from 2GB to 3GB makes a difference.
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January 26, 2011 10:57:52 PM

joytech22I think I'll stick with my 8GB, and wow production is cheap, they sell these things for 60x their value, I wonder if everything else does the same thing, maybe my 6850 only cost $10 to make?!


Actually no. Ram modules are sold in the little chips you see in the pic, not the actual memory module. 1Gb is 1 Gigabit, it takes 8 of those to make a 1GB module, 16 to make a 2GB. 16 x $0.87 = $13.92 just for the raw modules. Add the board, manufacturing, testing, labor, etc... its a bit more than that.
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January 26, 2011 11:02:24 PM

mikem_90Actually no. Ram modules are sold in the little chips you see in the pic, not the actual memory module. 1Gb is 1 Gigabit, it takes 8 of those to make a 1GB module, 16 to make a 2GB. 16 x $0.87 = $13.92 just for the raw modules. Add the board, manufacturing, testing, labor, etc... its a bit more than that.

Yep. And if you include the additional costs of manufacturing, and the fact they sell 4GB kits for as low as $38... It's no wonder OCZ left the memory market. There is barely any money left to be made.
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January 26, 2011 11:07:25 PM

Ram seems to be the lobster of the tech industry: 8GB | See Market Rate
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January 26, 2011 11:09:28 PM

I bought 4gb ddr3 1600 7-8-7 for $59, no need for more than that
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January 26, 2011 11:34:12 PM

arggh, i still don't have a ddr3 system. my ddr2 pc is maxed out.

i recommend buying what you can with RAM before buying into an SSD. a 64bit system win7 system can use most of your system memory anyway and avoids virtual memory use which is unnecessary wear on a hard disk.
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January 27, 2011 12:10:10 AM

The individual requirements differ from person to person but there are a few generic limitations.

For any NT x86 system (Windows 2000 / XP / Vista / 7 32-bit) your OS will use the last 512Mb to 1Gb of address space for HW address mapping leaving only 3.5 GB max for the system. No single application can have more then 2Gb allocated to it, this is because applications only get 31 bits to their address space, the 32nd bit is reserved as a separator between user memory space and kernel memory space. This is where the "no name needs more then 3Gb" comes from, any x86 game (damn near all of them) would be incapable of using more then 2Gb, and most likely never above 1.8Gb (anything more and you run the danger of getting a very bad unmaskable error and crashing your game). This would leave another 1Gb for the OS, which on a gaming PC striped of non-essential services should be enough.

With a x64 OS you could load up on more memory and have all sorts of browsers / applications open, but the x86 apps themselves each only have 2Gb of addressable space. If you run x64 applications / games (their starting to appear) then all those limitations go away and the game can crunch down on all that juicy system memory.
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January 27, 2011 12:28:14 AM

And to the commentator about how GFX drivers like to allocate system memory as a buffer region, just because its allocated doesn't mean its being used. And if anything ~is~ being thrown into there, then either your game (most likely) or your GFX driver has a serious issue it needs to address. GART memory is ~very~ slow, thing IGP level slow and is a left over addressing method from the days when "budget" cards at 16~32Mb of dedicated memory and would use system memory to augment themselves.

It also becomes a serious waste of space, a game would load textures from its resource files into the games memory space then transmit those textures to the GFX driver to be loaded into texture memory. The game tries to keep a copy of the texture inside its own memory space so that it can quickly reload its state should it lose focus on the primary display (alt-tab). Keeping a copy of the texture in system memory is just wasting space as a copy already exists inside the games memory and can be transmitted from the game to the GPU just as fast as from GART to the GPU. The only time GART should be used is if the game isn't smart enough to maintain / manage its own textures, I could see this happening with DX7/8 titles, but not with DX10/11 ones.
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January 27, 2011 1:31:01 AM

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GeekApprovedAnything over 6gb is a complete waste. Anything over 3gb for gaming is a waste.



http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/ram-memory-upgrade,...
Read this first what else u can do with RAM or Win7 x64 is memory hungry and it is a good thing since it is so cheap and there's way more...
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January 27, 2011 1:45:52 AM

I would like to point out that it takes 8 of these 1 Gb chips to get 1 GB of memory. So when you do the math, divide by 8, then add on the cost of the circuit board these chips get soldered onto, and the cost of soldering them onto the circuit board, amongst other costs of manufacturing and delivery to the comsumer.
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January 27, 2011 3:00:01 AM

NakalYeah, we have some older machines at work we use for Win7 testing (not fully deployed yet to our 14000 users..) And even with the 32bit version (dont ask....) going from 2GB to 3GB makes a difference.


I skipped Vista (for obvious reasons) and still have the same intel C2Quad with 2GB of RAM (I paid $100 back then) I'm using today. Only 2 games and some very rare heavy work load do I actually need more than 2GB. My Thinkpad, is easily fine with 2GB.

So I'm checking Newegg now... I'm looking at $60 for 800Mhz or $85 for 1066Mhz. I'll keep Win7-32, so I'll have about 3.5GB total. My next build is when Native USB3 & SATA3 are built into the chipset, to go with a SATA3 SSD Drive. Then I'll hit Win7-64bit with 8GB. Wow, 4GB of DDR3 is $35~45, nice. I remember when 4MB was $150~160 in 1995.
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January 27, 2011 3:49:29 AM

GeekApprovedAnything over 6gb is a complete waste. Anything over 3gb for gaming is a waste.

Maybe with your narrow-minded usage of a computer. Apparently you think everyone runs the same software that you do.
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January 27, 2011 4:05:57 AM

Best news I've read in weeks. My workstation build is right around the corner!
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January 27, 2011 5:24:54 AM

not complaining or anything but really not seeing any boost between 4 and 6gb so why go up to 12gb in my game rig (or 8 in my every day use pc) if I wont see the benefit for years? Id be better off personally just getting a new gpu. Good to know that ram prices keep dropping though.
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January 27, 2011 11:56:26 AM

shin0bi272not complaining or anything but really not seeing any boost between 4 and 6gb so why go up to 12gb in my game rig (or 8 in my every day use pc) if I wont see the benefit for years? Id be better off personally just getting a new gpu. Good to know that ram prices keep dropping though.

It all depends on your uses. For Photoshop, After Effects, and Premiere 12gb to 16gb could cause dramatic performance increases. It is also great for virtualization.
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January 27, 2011 1:57:48 PM

captaincharisma4GB of ram is good enough for me



I've been thinking of upgrading to 8. If I'm gaming I'm using almost 3.5 of my 4.
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January 27, 2011 2:13:34 PM

joytech22I think I'll stick with my 8GB, and wow production is cheap, they sell these things for 60x their value, I wonder if everything else does the same thing, maybe my 6850 only cost $10 to make?!

How much did it cost to design? How much did the foundry cost to set up?

Basic production and operations management: costs break down into two categories: fixed and variable. "Fixed" costs are associated with the plant - buildings, equipment, assembly lines - and things like maintenance and R&D. "Variable" costs are associated with the costs of actually manufacturing the widget. The more you make, the more they cost. Two pieces of good news once you start making lots of widgets: First, the cost per unit starts dropping. Second, your fixed costs are spread over more units.

Your GPU probably did cost $10 to make. The complete video card undoubtedly cost more.
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January 27, 2011 2:23:30 PM

RAM disk
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January 27, 2011 4:46:17 PM

Maybe I should MAX out my DDR 3 slots (16GB - $189.98)... On the other hand my computer would benifit more from an SSD then it would from more RAM ($99). Maybe someday I will MAX out my system but it's unlikely to be anytime soon.
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January 27, 2011 6:57:07 PM

dark_lord69Maybe I should MAX out my DDR 3 slots (16GB - $189.98)... On the other hand my computer would benifit more from an SSD then it would from more RAM ($99). Maybe someday I will MAX out my system but it's unlikely to be anytime soon.


I'd do Memory now since its dirt cheap, and maybe wait a little more for SSD prices to fall again after Intel's new offerings are out. A lot of people are dumping SSDs in preperation for Intel's new design. I suspect there might be a few deals around the corner.

The memory prices are due to lack of demand, Soon as that goes back up, memory prices will shoot up again. :/ 
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January 28, 2011 12:22:29 AM

Memory can be used for many things non-game related so its always good to have more. If you do any photo work, media editing or desktop virtualization (training / lab stuff) then you could definitely use more. If your just browsing the web and playing games, then anymore then 4gb just gets used by windows "superfetch" to hold data you most likely won't access.
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January 28, 2011 2:46:05 PM

GeekApprovedAnything over 6gb is a complete waste. Anything over 3gb for gaming is a waste.

Uhh, tell that to GTA IV or any hint of multitasking. If I have GTA IV running at max settings in 7 64 bit it'll eat the whole 4gigs of ram that I had. I couldn't open chrome or do anything with the game open. Now I have 12gigs, I can leave any of my games open, broswe the web with 20-30 tabs and work on projects as well. I regularly use 6gigs during my normal tasks.
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January 28, 2011 2:57:20 PM

If you're at anything less than 8GB on win7 then you need an upgrade weather you know it or not.
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January 29, 2011 5:31:06 AM

webbwbbIt all depends on your uses. For Photoshop, After Effects, and Premiere 12gb to 16gb could cause dramatic performance increases. It is also great for virtualization.

yes but that pc is only used for games... so again no point.
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