I am about to buy a new gpu and while browsing for deals I saw how cheap memory nowadays is. Since I have some pretty 0815 RAM in my PC I thought maybe it is time to upgrade for a more "gaming oriented flavor".
I was looking at the G-Skill Ripjaws series, 8GB of this one to be specific: G.Skill Ripjaws-X F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL
which I saw recommendations for a lot.
Now I wonder, I am aware that memory has a minimal effect on gaming performance but how much difference would better memory make, more specifically is there any reason to buy 4GB of high quality memory for around 100 euro instead of the cheap G-Skill for around 40? Such a big gap in price, there has to be something to it.
The 'something' to it is the gay (happy) feeling a person gets when he knows he has something with a higher number than his friend, regardless if it makes a lick of difference or not. The fact is, 4bg or ram is the medium amount for systems now, and the jump from 4gb to 8gb is so small in price that you would have to be a complete twat not to spend that extra ten-spot burning in your trousers. Of course, if that extra 1.5 fps you need on top of the terribly-bottlenecked GTX580 graphics card you have churning out 118.5 fps on your new 3D-capablie 120 hz monitor is going to haunt you like a nightmare of 'enter way over-the-top horror reference' then please, go ahead and knock yourself right out.
...so I've been watching zero-punctuation a lot today.
There was article about same question you asked, and as i remember having top of the line ram makes the test performance go up 10-20% bun in real world applications it didn't help much, specially in games
I go with more anytime
this is test of G.Skill Ripjaws-X with Cas Latency:9
I agree. I have yet to see a test that shows lower timings help gaming in any meaningful way. Synthetic benchies will say that CL7 is way better then CL9, or DDR3 1333 is slower then DDR3-1866, but games will say otherwise. I'd get the 8GBs. Don't worry too much about timings or speed. Within reason of course.