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Is it worth upgrading? Does more RAM affect ut2k3?

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October 7, 2003 10:48:32 PM

Hey guys. I was considering getting more RAM to run in dual channel with 1Gb of RAM instead of SC with only 512 mb of RAM. I would assume that 1Gb DC would be better, but I got the chance to test it out at the computer store and it made 0 difference in the ut2k3 benchmark.

Of course, I do not trust this benchmark at all, it says like 50 fps and really its more like <30 most of the time like when I am looking at like the whole level froma high point or something like that.

SO basically, what I want to know is, is it worth it to make the upgrade do you think? It will only cost me 100$ CDN (like $60 US) so really, I probably will get it, but if it really is going to make absolutely no difference (like it did in the benchmark) then I wont bother. What do you guys think?

Here are my current benchs and systyem specs:

3DMark2K1:
3DMark Score.................15463
Game1(Low detail)............206.3 fps
Game1(High detail)...........67.0 fps
Game2(Low detail)............302.8 fps
Game2(high detail)...........156.9 fps
Game3(Low detail)............175.6 fps
Game3(High detail)...........76.1 fps
Game4........................130.8 fps
(All display settings set to "High Performance")

3DMark2k3:
3Dmark score.................5530
Game1........................166.2 fps
Game2........................38.2 fps
game3........................33.4 fps
game4........................34.4 fps
CPU Score....................508
CPU test 1...................57.2 fps
CPU test 2...................8.9 fps
(All display settings set to "High Performance")

PCMark2k2:
CPU score....................5706
Memory Score.................5317
HDD Score....................666
(All display settings set to "High Performance")

Unreal Tournament 2k3:
-800x600-
4xAA and 8xAF(FlyBy).........179.4 fps
4xAA and 8xAF(BotMatch)......63.1 fps
noAA and NoAF(FLyBy).........192.3 fps
noAA and NoAF(BotMatch)......63.3 fps
-1024x768-
4xAA and 8xAF(FlyBy).........135.3 fps
4xAA and 8xAF(BotMatch)......62.0 fps
noAA and NoAF(FLyBy).........189.7
noAA and NoAF(BotMatch)......63.3
-1280x960-
4xAA and 8xAF(FlyBy).........95.1 fps
4xAA and 8xAF(BotMatch)......45.7 fps
noAA and NoAF(FLyBy).........168.8 fps
noAA and NoAF(BotMatch)......63.2 fps
-1600x1200-
4xAA and 8xAF(FlyBy).........60.5 fps
4xAA and 8xAF(BotMatch)......31.1 fps
noAA and NoAF(FLyBy).........121.8 fps
noAA and NoAF(BotMatch)......60.8 fps
(All display settings set to "High Quality")

System Info:
Windows 2000 Professional Service Pack 4
Athlon XP 2500+ @ Stock
ASUSTeK Computer INC. A7N8X2.0 REV 2.xx (NForce2 driver ver. 2.45)
BIOS: Phoenix Technologies, LTD ASUS A7N8X2.0 ACPI BIOS Rev 1006
HL-DT-ST CD-ROM GCR-8520B (52xCD)
HL-DT-ST RW/DVD GCC-4480B (48x24x48CD/16xDVD read)
MAXTOR 6L060J3(60.04 GB)
512Mb PC3200 ValueRAM, single Channel mode (for now) CAS 3.0 4-4-7
RADEON 9800 PRO @ Stock (Driver ver. 6.14.10.6368)
IBM G78 [Monitor] (15.7"vis, s/n 55-K5150, December 2000)
Creative SB Audigy


-"Shoot coward, you will only kill a man"-
October 7, 2003 11:48:24 PM

I know that ur2k3 used more than 512mb of ram so the reset will page onto your hard drive, making it very slow. Get the Geil 1gb pc3200 dual channel kit.

F-DISK-Format-Reinstal DO DA!! DO DA!!
October 7, 2003 11:57:15 PM

Hrmm. Ok thanks, thats really what I was wondering.

I cant get the Geil dual channel kit though cuz I already have 512 mb of valueRAM (dirt timings) and I dont have the money to go get a set of expensive RAM stuff. Besides, I already tried this module in my system and it ran in dual channel fine, I just didnt get any different benchmarks. Unfortunately, since the computer was in teh shop when I was trying this RAM module, I couldnt really run all my tests, just ut2k3 bench.

-"Shoot coward, you will only kill a man"-
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October 8, 2003 4:50:41 AM

1gb of Ram ???

Real Men use 2gb's of PC3200

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<font color=red>Offical Bad Guy of THGC</font color=red>
October 8, 2003 7:16:42 PM

i use 4gb, now that's manly


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110% BX fanboy
October 8, 2003 10:33:02 PM

Hell yes, I hear quad channel RAM is the way to go these days...

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