I currently have 16GB of RAM in my Asrock Z68 Extreme4 Gen3 but I would like to upgrade to 32GB.
Before anyone says that I don't need that much, it's for music production where virtual instruments can be loaded in their entirety into RAM meaning the project stays nice and snappy. When using thousands upon thousands of audio samples, loading as much into RAM as possible is very handy.
So could anyone please let me know of a 32GB kit that would fit the bill? Am I perhaps at the point where a new motherboard is in order? If I bought RAM now and then decide to get a motherboard with more sata ports, it would be good if I could transfer the memory over to the new board.
Thanks for your response.
Yeah that's correct. I'll hopefully be able to sell my old ram (less than a year old).
So the ram that you posted would be compatible with my board? I'm not sure how to tell what is and isn't compatible as the Asrock site has relatively few "compatible" ram sticks and only ONE 8gb stick on the list.
So there is no way of actually knowing for sure if RAM will work in your motherboard without asking the manufacturers (given that their compatibiliy lists are not kept updated)?
...and trust me, when you're dealing with software instruments of the sampled variety you can use up RAM very quickly. Of course you can use little RAM and just stream from your hard disk but when you're streaming thousands and thousands of "voices" it doesn't take long before a mechanical hard drive can be overworked and you start to get horrible clicks and pops in your audio or your editing program simply stops working.
Some samples are incredibly huge. I have a piano one which takes up 280gb of hard disk space. Unless I want to spend about $400 on an SSD simply to house that one instrument, then getting as much into RAM as possible is the way to go. Now think about the demands of trying to use the samples from an entire symphonic orchestra, a huge drumkit, a virtual bass guitar and several types of very detailed and sampled synth effects and your RAM demands are huge. Just loading one large drumkit into RAM uses about 15gb of my RAM at the moment but it runs like a dream.
So thank you to the people who posted useful answers but every thread which asks a question like this is full of people saying "you don't need that much RAM", even without knowing what they need it for. How can anyone who knows about computers ever say that ANYTHING is overkill? Not everyone is a gamer.