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From 8gb to 16gb , will it increase the performance?

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April 4, 2012 6:06:32 AM

Hello there

My friend recently built a new PC for video editing and installed 8gb RAM

My question is , will adding another 8gb increase the performance? note that when he multi tasks , the RAM usage doesn't go higher than 70%

April 4, 2012 6:08:47 AM

April 4, 2012 6:18:51 AM

most likley not.

but it will all depend on his software. what is he using?
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April 4, 2012 6:43:41 AM

Mostly Sony Vegas 11
April 4, 2012 6:58:04 AM

It will make almost no difference to increase to 16GB of memory. If you have 8GB of memory, the first thing to think about is how good is your video card and processor. Can you list the specs for your friends PC?
April 4, 2012 7:14:39 AM

April 4, 2012 7:19:55 AM

It will make a difference. I run 16 GB with Vegas 11 and it caches up the lot in RAM in a matter of minutes. This is especially true when working with HD files. Vegas Platinum is also 32 bit while rival 64 bit offerings are even more RAM intensive. Abode software loaded up 10 GB of RAM at one point and the only program I ever saw do that was RAM drive.
April 4, 2012 7:22:49 AM

Wamphryi, what type of RAM? and were you using a video card, if so which card?
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April 4, 2012 8:38:13 AM

Wamphryi is correct. You're not the typical gamer or alike. You will definitely see a difference in Sony Vegas and switching between apps while that's open. And given the reasonable cost in RAM these days, it's worth the few bucks...
April 4, 2012 9:18:00 AM

sony vegas is an demanding software but my brother edit's a lot of vids on powerdirector 10 with 8gb ram.i am not saying that there won't be any difference,but it's going to be small.all long as your cpu is strong,vegas won't need over 8gb.
April 4, 2012 9:25:53 AM

Specs as follows :

i7 2600k
Corsair Vengeance DDR3 1600 8GB
800W Odin Pro
Thermaltake V3 Black Edition

Still haven't bought a video card

April 4, 2012 9:44:42 AM

you have a great rig!just wait for 660ti.i never heard of that psu but i hope it works fine for you.
April 4, 2012 9:49:43 AM

You would see a much greater improvement with SSD drive arrays. The RAM loads/unloads SO fast in comparison that you are really limited by storage throughput.

Video editing/encoding actually processes 10's of GB of data even for normal res movies etc. SSD RAID 0 FTW.
April 4, 2012 10:14:49 AM

Yep he's planning to get SSD soon , looking at m4 curcial 128gb

As for the PSU , i myself have the same PSU on this build

i7 920
6GB DDR3 Triple Channel
HD 6870

the rig is 3+ years old now , all working good (the 6780 is less than a year old , had a 9800gtx+)

all the parts were bought locally (Oman) so there weren't many options for PSU

Thanks all for the replies
April 4, 2012 12:18:20 PM

Yea i have considered getting 2 more sticks of 4GB's but 8 seems to handle what i do for now....If he wants to, get a GTX 660 like hellfire stated, if he needs more RAM

The way it works is Vram and RAM become shared. So you won't really run out of Vram because once you use whats on the card
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April 4, 2012 1:47:00 PM

If your RAM usage is hitting 70% then personally I would add more RAM. The application(s) unless poorly written will leave some RAM. The tell tale sign is IF you have any 'FREE' RAM listed as shown below and IF you don't then the application(s) are cutting into the 'Standby aka Shared' RAM which in turn hampers RAM 'cache' to the GPU(s) if used for rendering.

RAM is dirt cheap! Match your exact 2x4GB kit installed now. BTW - I 'render' SQL and with 32GB I have to cut the jobs into pieces; so it depends on the size project. Again, 'Free' is the measure to update.

Resource Monitor (note Free):