Techist - Tech Forum - View Single Post - Question about memory (ram)

Click Here to Login
View Single Post
Old 12-29-2016, 11:14 AM   #5 (permalink)
PP Mguire
Build Guru
PP Mguire's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Fort Worth, Texas
Posts: 28,957
Default Re: Question about memory (ram)

Upgrading from 8 GB > 16 GB of ram is really not required unless you're hitting like 90+% memory usage a lot of the time in my opinion. Reason being, any lower and you won't notice any performance drawbacks. But if you're getting up to like 7 or 7.5 GB used, might not be a bad idea to upgrade. As for why gaming computers today have 16 GB of ram, I believe it's because of two reasons. 1. Games are only going to get more and more ram intensive as time goes on because we'll add more and more content to them, allowing for a more rich and diverse gaming experience. 2. It is becoming more and more common to record gameplay and upload it to youtube. For this reason, many prebuilt gaming rigs are starting to come with more ram because programs like Adobe Premiere will absolutely eat as much ram as you can give them when you really start using the advanced functions of them. (Don't even get me started on the CPU usage it uses when rendering).
Not wrong, not quite right.

I'd be willing this dude is capping 8GB quite easy, only most of the overflow is going into page file. 16GB is becoming the minimum because 64bit is finally a standard so apps are becoming more bloated. Games are easily taking over 4-8GB a pop and GPUs are coming out with increased VRAM capacities meaning more system RAM is required. Prebuilt PCs are coming standard with 16GB+ for marketing and because DDR4 is cheap. It doesn't take much off their overhead to provide that much RAM.

As for not filling up an SSD to its max, there's a reason for that too. If you fill up any storage medium to its absolute capacity, you mess with the operating system's ability to generate a page file. This page file is used to store things that aren't directly needed by any programs or the OS itself at any given moment, but are still relevant bits of info that might be needed later. A cramped page file = majorly sluggish performance from what I've observed as a technician in the repair workshop.
That's not why you shouldn't fill up SSD's. It's the way the controller manages files. The more free space, the faster it is at writing because then it can move blocks around easier to place files intelligently. HDD's don't suffer this issue, but they suffer from fragmentation (the system placing pieces of files all over the disk surface).
Both of these are correct, but Carnage's reason is why you shouldn't fill an SSD. If you have a low amount of RAM you should fill up your storage drive for the pagefile reason.
"Resolution is just a number." #Ubisoft
Origin/Steam = PP_Mguire Twitch = pp_mguire Instagram = ppmguire PSN = PP_Mguire

Access to my Plex PM me.
PP Mguire is offline   Reply With Quote

Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:37 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.