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Is 2GB RAM to 4GB RAM advisable in games?

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October 25, 2010 8:14:07 PM

i just wanna ask if RAM affects FPS in games?

these are my specs:

CPU: Intel Dual Core E6300 2.8ghz
RAM: Apacer 2GB RAM DDR2 - 800
HDD1: Seagate Barracuda 80GB
HDD2: Seagate Barracuda 250GB
Graphics: Palit 9500GT OCed:
- GPU Clock: 450mhz - 580mhz
- Memory: 400mhz - 522mhz
- Shader: 1125mhz - 1400mhz
OS: Windows XP SP - 3
Mobo: ASUS KPL - AM SE

i really don't know if this is natural coz i'm still having FPS issues in Assassin's Creed 2 that's why i want to add more on my RAM. Whenever i enter a populated area or climb a high building checking the view, i can really tell that my game slows down and when playing NFS Shift on the other hand, i'm having "hiccups" whenever i slide over the dirt (or out of the track).

uhm if adding more RAM won't help, i was planning to replace my RAM from Apacer 2GB to OCZ 2GB DDR2 - 800, would this one help me solve my problem? i considered this plan because someone also advised me to change my current RAM sticks.


big thanks for your advice mate:) 
a c 347 } Memory
October 25, 2010 8:24:33 PM

RAM Speed does effect FPS, and running low of Physical RAM will screech it to a halt, but if you're running Windows 32-bit you're okay. I would advise running MSCONFIG and eliminating 'junk' background tasks to improve 'drops' in FPS.

Your RAM is really slow DDR2 800 MHz.

http://usa.asus.com/product.aspx?P_ID=CRyEN2x1AF6jYScc
2 x DIMM, Max. 4 GB, DDR2 1066(O.C.)/800/667 Non-ECC,Un-buffered Memory
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October 26, 2010 2:30:34 PM

do i have to change the brand of my mem. stick? actually, i can only buy one stick for this time lol that's why i was considering of just adding another stick instead of changing. err, if i were to change the brand, is an OCZ 2GB - 800 gold edition a fine choice?

these are my choices ( i saw these on a price list):
*Apacer / Transcend / Elixir 2GB 800 (this is my current RAM stick, i'm just planning to buy another 2GB)
*Kingston 2GB 800 ddr2
*OCZ 2GB 800 ddr2 Gold edition (my choice for "replacement")
*Corsair 2GB XMS2 800 ddr2 (1gb x 2) (should i consier this one? coz i saw on another forum that it would be better if i were to buy 2 1GB RAM sticks)

i can't find any 1066 on the list except for this one:
* 1GB Kingston 1066 SODIMM ddr3

thanks! :) 
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October 26, 2010 2:47:22 PM

Your MOBO is Dual channel and you SHOULD buy in pairs, but YES you can purchase (1) at a time, and I would either use the ASUS link above QVL {Memory Support List} or an online configuration tool.

Example Crucial - http://www.crucial.com/store/listparts.aspx?model=P5KPL...
Single:
Part #: BL25664AA106A • DDR2 PC2-8500 • 5-5-5-15 • Unbuffered • NON-ECC • DDR2-1066 • 2.0V • 256Meg x 64
Pair {Dual Channel}
Part #: BL2KIT25664AA106A • DDR2 PC2-8500 • 5-5-5-15 • Unbuffered • NON-ECC • DDR2-1066 • 2.0V • 256Meg x 64 •

Good Luck!
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October 26, 2010 6:37:47 PM

ok, i found the OCZ on the list, but when i checked on the Model Numbers, they don't actually match. like what i've seen on the list of ASUS it is, OCZ2N10662GK while when i checked it on OCZ's website, it was OCZ2G8004GK. is it fine?

or if i am really planning to save more cash, i would just go to this one:

Corsair 2GB XMS2 800 ddr2 (1gb x 2)

thanks for the advice! :D 
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October 26, 2010 6:53:10 PM

Goto OCZ site and use the configuration tools to double check; I'm on my iPhone or I would. The difference "could" only be the speed, but too could be the IC controller making the RAM incompatible. I always check, it's easy now versus installing, trouble shooting, and exchanging incompatible RAM later.

I use Best Pratice methodology verses Guessing.
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October 27, 2010 2:49:27 AM

geez, neverthought that replacing my mem. stick would take me to another level of studying 'em lol. anyway, thanks for the advice, i really helps! :) 
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October 27, 2010 9:11:37 AM

ejcelis said:
geez, neverthought that replacing my mem. stick would take me to another level of studying 'em lol. anyway, thanks for the advice, i really helps! :) 

I suggest go for Apacer 4GB instead changing it to OCZ 2GB. Changing brands won't affect. Good brands only means overclockability, but even overclocking RAM only gives ~3-5% if you go to 1066.
But you only have 2GB memory, so Double the capacity is very much giving your cpu a double breathing room more than changing to 2 GB 'better-branded'.

Another reason is if you use Win 7. Win 7 eats ~800MB - 1GB memory so with 2 GB of RAM you're practically be left out with 1GB free RAM left. So adding more memory is again the solution.

I have played Modern Warfare II on 1280x1080 and at time of grenade's explosion the CPU stutters, and many more in jittering-events. But when I adding it to 4 GB RAM, the CPU doesn't jitter anymore at all! So go for capacity instead of better brand. Economic RAM like Apacer, Deam, Elixir, MVM is good enough to run without overclocking, even can be overclocked slightly.
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November 3, 2010 12:51:31 AM

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February 19, 2013 12:00:04 PM

i got 20 fps on gtaiv now i get 40-50 fps with 4 gb

pc specs
amd athlon 64x2 6000+
radeon hd 6570 2gb gddr3 oc
core--650----750
memery---500---810
4gb ram
120gb kingston hyperx black ssd
500gb 7200 hybird drive
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