How much does memory affect gaming?? Tested

  • Published on Oct 21, 2019
  • We tested multiple configurations of memory on three different titles to see how memory affects gaming. These results may surprise you.
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  • Marcus Cromwell
    Marcus Cromwell 52 minutes ago

    For me personally, the most demanding RAM game I had was Mass Effect Andromeda. It maxed out my 16GB of RAM on high settings... don't know why. So now I am at 32😅

  • Shawn Tinsley
    Shawn Tinsley 7 hours ago

    That's it i'm loading up my AOL dial up Internet disc, grab a intel pentium 1 processor, put a floppy disc of Oregon Trail in and unzipping the winrar files, type some random 1's and 0's in one of the folders and see what happens.

  • Joshua Spires
    Joshua Spires 9 hours ago

    quad channel does make a nice difference. also im rocking 32Gb of ram :P

  • Clint Hobson
    Clint Hobson 10 hours ago

    If I have 2 pairs running dual channel, but add another 2 more in the remaining slots that are not matched and won't run in dual channel mode, will the first pair still get the speed benefit of dual channel? Or will the whole system slow down to single channel mode?

  • Jaron
    Jaron 13 hours ago

    Driving simulators like GRID and F1 tend to be very sensitive to RAM bandwidth.

  • Simranjeet singh matharoo

    Me: laughs worriedly in 16gigs single stik

  • RTCalibre
    RTCalibre 3 days ago

    I need Star Citizen data!

  • TheProspectormike
    TheProspectormike 4 days ago

    I got a GE63VR laptop with one stick 16g and a gtx 1070 and when i switched to dual 8g sticks with faster timings holy shit what a fps improvement !! GO DUAL ALL THE WAY

  • AfTerLyF
    AfTerLyF 4 days ago

    I did the same thing buying 1x8gb stick thought of upgrading it to 2x8gb. 2years later still having 8gb.. No moni

  • Hadouken OCX
    Hadouken OCX 4 days ago +1

    Overwatch , BF the new one CS GO Read Dead 2 GTA 5 Crysis 3 the new Tomb Raider.

  • Steve Egbert
    Steve Egbert 4 days ago

    It would be interesting to see if or when, the technology would allow a single stick to be either single channel or split to dual channel.
    It would of course entail ram, board, and cpu makers all working on it. Maybe it's already been tried and proven futile? Octo

  • Benjamin Henscheid
    Benjamin Henscheid 4 days ago

    A like has been earned from the K.I.S.S. style intro.

  • ZanderLexx
    ZanderLexx 4 days ago

    Rockstar recommends for Red Dead Redemption 2 12 Gb of Ram. So if you have 16 Gb but also Chrome opened you could probably need 32 Gb and this is no joke :D

  • B. Lee
    B. Lee 4 days ago

    I would like to see some benchmarks on iRacing, dirt & asphalt oval.....
    There are alot of people that are getting into iRacing with no fps info as per certain graphics settings (also how the settings affect the fps). At least there aren't many useful videos that I have found.
    Would be nice to have more info to make more informed choices on hardware that we purchase.
    Ok, maybe this isn't as much about ram as it should sorry about that....

  • Milan
    Milan 5 days ago

    Instructions not clear dick stuck in cpu fan

  • Apocalyman
    Apocalyman 5 days ago

    This is good because rn I have 8gb ram ddr4 and im getting 32 soon :)

  • Marcel Beck
    Marcel Beck 5 days ago

    Could you try the Microsoft flight Simulator or prepar3d that is real heavy cpu and RAM dominating

  • il Duderoni
    il Duderoni 6 days ago

    The Division 2?

  • pignoodles
    pignoodles 6 days ago


  • voteDC
    voteDC 7 days ago

    So the conclusion is that unless you are running monitoring software you likely aren't going to notice the difference during actual gameplay.
    That I think would have been an interesting test. Get PCs together with the different configs and get someone to try and guess what configuration of RAM each PC is using.

  • PC Gamer18
    PC Gamer18 8 days ago

    Is there any performance differences between installing 1x16gb ram or 2x8gb?

  • TheSuperMARIOnette
    TheSuperMARIOnette 8 days ago

    That moment when i've noticed you flying in the benchmark background... xd (yes, i'm new here xd )

  • Jeffrey Photonboy
    Jeffrey Photonboy 8 days ago

    I know the RTX2080Ti was chosen to increase the CPU bottleneck likelihood, however having a lot of VRAM can sometimes help builds with less system memory. It might be interesting to have a GTX1060 3GB and GTX1060 6GB card tested along with your DDR4 configurations to see if that changes the recommendation at all. A bit tricky to test that though I'd imagine.

  • Jeffrey Photonboy
    Jeffrey Photonboy 8 days ago

    *small point*
    Jay doesn't mention it's an INTEL build until the end of the video. That's an important point because AMD would perform relatively worse with less DDR4 bandwidth (I thought it might have been AMD at first).

  • Tyler
    Tyler 8 days ago

    Lmao probably the best intro ive ever heard.

  • Matt V
    Matt V 9 days ago

    Very interesting test. Good content J

  • moonlit fpv
    moonlit fpv 10 days ago

    ver nice video Jay :) Thanks. Man I can't believe how far tech has come. Back in the day we fucked around with 33MHz CPUs and 16MB of ram. Dude, I had the first ever Pentium CPU at 60MHz back in 1994 ;) Damn, must be getting old

  • Uhuru N'Uru
    Uhuru N'Uru 10 days ago

    Got me how anyone ever thought single channel is better than dual, I thought everybody new that you buy memory in matched pairs, for dual channel advantages. it's as old as the hills.
    I get the get more in a slot, for upgradabilty, but that's by using the 3rd, 4th slots. I currently have 32 GB in 2x16GB sticks, with two slots spare if I ever go up to 64 GB.

  • ne0tic
    ne0tic 10 days ago

    Can you sometimes include Titanfall 2 in your tests? Thanks!

  • ne0tic
    ne0tic 10 days ago

    If you have got 4 RAM sticks, the order in which you have them doesn’t matter if you have 4 slots right?

  • ne0tic
    ne0tic 10 days ago

    What is better 2x8GB or 4x8GB? Does it matter for gaming or does the extra 16GB just matter for with example video editing?

  • Michael Warrin
    Michael Warrin 11 days ago

    Dual channel helped me so much in cs go, I had 1 single 8gb stick and eventually got another one. Some how I got 20 - 30 more fps in cs. Don't be an idiot like me go dual channel lol

    FAKE NAME 11 days ago

    Started with 8gb....waited 3 months price went down ...bought a second stick then waited a year before looking for more ram found out my style of ram has been discontinued so to get the remaing 2 matching chips I had to get them in a different heat spreader color. I checked with manufacturer to make sure they where identical except the color so now I have 2 white sticks and 2 black sticks=32bg @3466mhz

  • TNTNight
    TNTNight 11 days ago +1

    I'd like to see you run this same test with a SATA HDD, SATA SSD, PCIE SSD and m.2 SSD.

  • EVPointMaster
    EVPointMaster 11 days ago

    As you talked about your conclusion I was already writing a comment about how single vs dual mainly affects CPU performance, but then you said it yourself. I think it would be useful to do some single vs dual test in a balanced config, because most budget builds are more likely to be GPU bottlenecked.

  • Bud De
    Bud De 11 days ago

    x plane 11 seems to use a lot of resources in my computer. Not sure what to do to get FPS above 30.

  • benbmusic88
    benbmusic88 11 days ago

    Wow I suspected as much but I didn't think it would bring performance down by so much!

  • Dimski
    Dimski 12 days ago

    Jay, I think you're quickly becoming one of my favourite RU-cliprs. Love your content, honesty and sense of humour. Keep up the good work. @HardwareCanucks are still my fav for PC case and peripheral reviews 😅

  • Becky P
    Becky P 12 days ago

    Getting 2x16GB for my new system. Would be interested to see how much timings affect real world gaming results.

  • Draimond
    Draimond 13 days ago

    Satisfactory by Coffee Stain Studio's!!!
    I know they're still working on optimisation but man, any help getting that fps up would be appreciated. See if you can get a save off someone who's got a decent build going. I get 120fps on a new save an my big factory was seeing fps as low as 30. There's a cpu hit for you!

  • Sabertooth_814
    Sabertooth_814 13 days ago

    Need to test on cod modern warfare 2019

  • John Patz
    John Patz 13 days ago

    I thought dual channel would make a difference, but was surprised to see dual channel RAM actually outperformed twice as much RAM in single channel.

  • Sana omar
    Sana omar 13 days ago

    worst presentation ever. i m looking for the specs of the test and i have to watch 15 minutes ?

  • Roy Evans
    Roy Evans 13 days ago

    i got a 60hz fookin telly! The ram speeds don't matter to me.

  • Roy Evans
    Roy Evans 13 days ago

    I liked your chair flying while the charts were up )))

  • LeFFisko
    LeFFisko 13 days ago

    what about CAS latency? can we include that in the future test pls?

  • E Knaap
    E Knaap 13 days ago

    Why you think USA is the only country in the world? Peanut butter with jelly is only eaten in America. The rest of the world does not think that those two HAVE to go together.

  • PjStarTV
    PjStarTV 13 days ago

    I was getting ready to type a comment about using the 2080 while talking about "budget" builds but I guess it's a good thing I let the video finish while typing since you sort of addressed that at the end.

    ZBECDESIGNE 14 days ago

    J, i have dual channel, four times 8 gigs (32 gigs) ddr4. Your opinion????

  • Francois Smit
    Francois Smit 14 days ago

    Something about dual channel that wasn't mentioned here is, it can also be done with odd numbers of ram sticks, well provided it's more than 2, and probably less than 4 in which case 3... :) As well as different memory modules. The important factor is that the channels be balanced in capacity.

    You could have 2x2Gb in channel 1, and 1x4gb in channel 2, and maintain Dual channel, likewise for someone who has 8gb, 2x4gb, and would like 16gb, but don't want to buy 2 more sticks, or for some reason 1 may be better priced than another 2 smaller dimms, they could just buy 1x8Gb and balance out the channels.

    It would also be possible for someone with 2x4Gb to get to 12/24Gb by adding 2x2Gb(wierd move unless you have them laying around), or 2x8Gb and still maintain dual channel provided you then have one 4Gb and one of which ever other one in each channel, ie. 2+4 and 2+4/ 4+8 and 4+8.

  • Miguel Molina
    Miguel Molina 14 days ago

    I liked this video because I licked twice for dual channel.

  • KaibaCorp HQ
    KaibaCorp HQ 14 days ago

    I mean 8gigs is probably acceptable for gaming, but isn't 8 really low for anything else nowadays? I made sure my computer had 16gigs like 6 years ago....reason I did that was because 7-8 years ago I had a computer that had 4 and it would choke on anything I tried to do.

  • Matt T
    Matt T 14 days ago

    That's right, "sitting in Orgrimmar" ... not some Alliance city! :)

  • Ulf Nope
    Ulf Nope 14 days ago

    I think GTA V and The witcher has some fairly high cpu usages, especially with the population density settings and all of those :p

  • Jakob
    Jakob 14 days ago

    Your video edit needs attention.. you spend so much time, informing about certain scenes in certain games, that stress and where certain things happen.
    instead f spending 4x times as long in the pursuit to make certain video-scenes into word and trying to point out certain aspects, why not just display it.. you are after all making a video and it would be so more informative if you displayed it, while you were talking, instead of just your mehh face..

  • Zeek M
    Zeek M 14 days ago

    The greater the latency within the entire system, the more it's performance will suffer.
    Ram is just another link in the chain, The greater it's latency the greater the performance loss.
    The trend seems to be pushing larger amounts of ram and to hell with how latent it is.
    If that doesn't work out they'll just raise the price. They're holding all the cards and we're the ones who get screwed.

  • Ulf Nope
    Ulf Nope 14 days ago

    i dont think ram is that important, ive run my computer without any ram for years, i dont know why you would use ram tbh

  • Travis Miller
    Travis Miller 15 days ago

    I kno , yes u did mention other games would act different, but can i name one huuuge one, cities skylines, its sooo dependant on ram also, that u BIGTIME notice when u even ad 4 gigs, i actually had it running...barely on 4 gigs but robbed another 4 gig stick out of my grandfathers laptop n the difference was absolutely amazing!!! i dont want to put fps cuz i dont remember the exact #s but it was significant iv got my world big enough that im back down to under 10 fps at 8g n a 7200u haha i was surprised it ran it to begin with such a mistake takin this laptop it was given to me cuz somebody couldnt pay their bill so i kinda didnt have a choice but it was either this or nothin n a bunch of dumb ass drama

  • Travis Miller
    Travis Miller 15 days ago


  • Jelmer Klopper
    Jelmer Klopper 15 days ago

    "As always, we will see you in the next one".
    C'mon Jay, you're better than that. We see you, you don't see us :D