Value Analysis And Recommendations
Based on the average performance of all modules at rated settings, a basic performance-per-dollar analysis doesn’t credit 32GB module sets for offering twice as much capacity as 16GB sets. That’s a shame, because some people actually need the extra RAM.
On the other hand, simply mentioning price puts things in better perspective. Selling for $450, G.Skill’s 16GB DDR4-3000 is only $10 dollars cheaper than Adata’s 32GB DDR4-2400. Better still, Crucial’s standard 32GB DDR4-2133 costs just $420. But wait, don’t we have a benchmark that actually shows the value of larger RAM?
Our Adobe After Effects has shown huge performance differences between 8 and 16GB machines using four-core processors, and one of our editors told me that the benchmark actually performs best at exactly 4GB per core. The problem with that analysis is that this six-core processor gets only 2.66GB per core. Then again, maybe the benchmark is limited to four cores. Or, maybe it just tops out at 16GB. Either way, our best benchmark for judging the value of extra RAM doesn’t do that job with more than 16GB installed.
And so, our benchmark suite leaves the choice of greater memory capacity up to the buyer, but we’re fairly certain that anyone who really needs more than 16GB already knows why.