RAM works like a mediator between the CPU and the storage drives so that CPU don’t have to waste time searching data in the storage drives. So shortage of RAM can create performance dips. But this doesn’t mean that after upgrading RAM you are always going to get better performance.
Then how RAM affects performance, when you should consider upgrading them so that you can get better performance? Let’s discuss it in this post:
Does Upgrading RAM Increase FPS? Upgrading or adding more RAM can only increase the FPS and overall performance if the PC actually has a RAM shortage. Otherwise, if RAM is sufficient, able to quickly deliver information that CPU demands, then upgrading RAM won’t impact much on the performance.
So, upgrading to faster or more RAM can only benefit you if your PC really needs it. Suppose, if you are using a budget CPU, and the RAM your PC has is overkill, then you more likely don’t find any performance ups or downs.
Basically, you have to check if the CPU is causing the performance decrease or it is happening because of RAM. If it is RAM, then only upgrading it can increase the performance. And guess what, it is really very simple to check it:
When You Should Upgrade RAM?
To know if your PC really needs RAM, go to Task Manager, open Performance, there you can see the total memory (RAM) your system has and also how much RAM the CPU is using.
Now if you see the RAM uses are too high (over 90 touches up to 100), then you should consider upgrading RAM. Note that when the RAM uses are too high, you will see huge performance dips, and errors like lagging, complete PC freeze, etc.
So, you have to monitor these factors and then decide if your computer really needs a RAM upgrade or not.
Getting back to the main topic, here are the main benefits and performance increase you get after upgrading the RAM:
Benefits Of Having More RAM:
Faster Processing Speed:
This only works if the CPU does have a faster clock speed, meaning it can process faster and only RAM is limiting its performance. In this case, you can upgrade existing RAM to high-speed ones so that they can keep up with the CPU.
As we have discussed above, RAMs just work as a mediator between the storage drives and CPU, providing it required information further, so if the RAMs can give information faster, then CPU will work better, gives more performance in other words.
Having said that, if your current RAM speed enough for the CPU, meaning it is giving data to the CPU fast enough, but still you are seeing lower performance, then it can because of the CPU itself.
So, in this case, you have to upgrade the CPU, as it is falling behind rather than upgrading RAMs.
Run More Softwares:
It is very important to have at least 8GB RAM for doing normal tasks and get good performance in windows 10. But if you do tasks like gaming, high-resolution video editing, then this can go from 16GB up to 32 GB.
Overall, for using more software, doing tasks that need more resources, you have to increase the RAM quantity.
That’s why when you upgrade RAM or use more RAM sticks, it is gonna give better performance. You can run more software in the background and also makes them faster (if the RAM you are upgrading supports high-speed).
Overall, upgrading RAM can boost the processing speed of a CPU and also makes the PC suitable for doing multitasking like streaming, doing too many things at the same time.
How Much Performance Boost You Get After Upgrading RAM?
For this experiment, I have tested three different RAM sizes with different speed to know how much they affect the performance, let’s see:
System Used For This Benchmark:
- CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 5800X.
- GPU: Nvidia RTX 3080.
- Motherboard: Gigabyte Aorus X570 Xtreme.
- Cooler: Corsair H115i RGB Platinum.
|RAM||RAM Speed||Total RAM Size||Games||Performance In Games (FPS)|
|HyperX Fury Black||2400MHz||8GB||Shadow Of Tomb Raider||132|
|Patriot Viper 4 Series||3400MHz||16GB||Shadow Of Tomb Raider||145|
|G.SKILL Trident Z Neo||3600MHz||32GB||Shadow Of Tomb Raider||149|
As per my experience while doing this test, high-graphics demanding games like cyberpunk 2077, Metro Exodus are almost impossible with slow 8GB RAMs in 2K resolution. But if you lower the resolution to 1080P you can play it.
Overall, I don’t recommend using only 8GB 3400MHz RAMs in 2021 especially if you want to play games in higher resolution like (2K, 4K). Games feel a bit laggy, become unresponsive too sometimes because of fewer RAMs.
Overall, we can see a significant performance increase when upgrading from slower to faster RAM or fewer RAM sizes to high RAM sizes.
However, as I have said above, processor speed is also important. Having more and faster RAM won’t affect the performance unless the CPU really needs or can use it.
From the above table also, we can reach the conclusion that games or other softwares need a specific amount of RAM, if you have more than that they won’t even touch the additional.
For example, if a game needs 8GB RAM to run on 4K resolution, having 16GB, 32GB won’t help or increase the performance either.
That’s why carefully check these factors before upgrading RAM. According to my experience, 16GB RAM is enough to play the latest games in higher resolution. But if you do multitasking a lot, do streaming, or other tasks like that, then you can also go with 32GB.
Does Faster RAM Make Difference?
As faster RAMs can provide information to the CPU from storage devices more quickly, so they can boost up the performance (FPS) and also CPUs processing power. But for this, the CPU has to be powerful enough to get the benefit of faster RAM.
So, if you have a latest and powerful CPU, then you should only use high-speed RAMs for getting the best output from it. Otherwise, for budget CPUs 2400MHz RAM will be enough.
Does Increasing RAM Improve Gaming Performance?
Increasing RAM can improve gaming performance if the PC or the CPU really needs it. Generally, for gaming in 1080P resolution, 8GB RAM is enough, but for playing at higher resolutions, the user has to use high-speed RAMs.
I hope after reading this post, you got the answer to your questions about upgrading RAM, does it increase FPS. If you have anything more in mind, reach us through email. See you in the next one, be techy:)
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