Is 8GB RAM Good For Gaming?

Gaming On 8GB RAM: Is It Enough?

It’s not a long time since 8GB RAM was almost overkill for gaming. Personally, I had played games even with 2GB RAM in the past. But with the passing of time, games are becoming more and more complex and resource hungry. That’s why in today’s world 4GB RAM is not enough for most games.

But what about 8GB RAMs? Can you really run all the games at 8GB RAM without any performance drops? Well, to find this out I removed 8 GB (originally it was 16GB on my PC) RAM, used it for around a month, and obviously played a couple of games. Let’s discuss in detail what I have found and do I recommend about gaming with 8GB RAM:

Is 8GB RAM Good For Gaming?

8GB RAM is enough for budget to mid-range PCs (like gaming in 1080P, 2K resolution), it won’t show any noticeable performance difference. But for gaming at higher resolutions like 4K, 8K, at least 16 RAM is recommended. Otherwise, it is possible to see real-time FPS drops in some particular parts of games.

Overall, it is still possible to play games with 8GB RAM, in fact, 8GB is sufficient in playing in lower resolutions.

So, it can be a great option for those who have a budget PC or thinking of buying/upgrading to 8GB more after some time. As PC building is quite expensive, so it is not a bad idea (in the 2nd case) first going with only 8GB, analyze does it need more, if it does then upgrade it later.

Hang on guys, I know you are waiting for how much gaming performance difference 8GB vs 16GB RAMs can give. Let’s see it first:

GamesResolutionFrame Per Second (8GB)Frame Per Second (16GB)
GTA V1080P (High)165173
4K7379
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla1080P (High)8284
4K4951
Red Dead Redemption 21080P (High)110114
4K3948
Forza Horizon1080P (High)144145
4K7881
Horizon Zero Dawn1080P (High)127132
4K5263
Metro Exodus1080P (High)101103
4K4653
Parts are overclocked in this benchmark

System Specs Used For The Benchmark:

  • CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 5800X.
  • RAM: 8GB and 16GB
  • GPU: Gigabyte Nvidia RTX 3070.

While testing games in 8GB vs 16GB I found that almost in all the games there was not any major performance difference which can be noticeable with naked eyes in 1080P and 2K. All the games run smoothly and also give almost the same performance with 8GB RAM.

But at 4K, in games like GTA V, Red Dead Redemption 2 sometimes I could feel lag. Not in the entire game, Suppose, when there is a crowded area, a scene has too many objects, then RAM shortage can be felt.

Overall, if you want to play games at 4K then you should get at least 16GB. Otherwise, below 4K 8GB will be enough. But there is another thing to keep in mind while gaming with 8GB RAM.

Importance Of GPU In low RAM:

When games are run at a lower resolution, they use more CPU and RAM resources and when run at higher resolutions like 2k, 4K they become GPU-centric. Meaning, at higher resolution GPU matter more than RAM and CPU.

So, when you try to run games at higher resolution with less RAM (8GB in our case) then the role of the GPU becomes more important. In case, if you try to run s game in 4K resolution with an average GPU and with 8GB RAM (meaning with less RAM and s budget GPU), then you will more likely see performance decrease.

Overall, it will be okay to have a bit less RAM if you are using a good GPU. Otherwise, for gaming with budget GPU, APUs 8GB RAM isn’t sufficient as in that case RAM uses increases and at least 16GB RAM will be important for maintaining good performance.

Till now I have discussed when 8 GB RAM is sufficient and when you should consider upgrading them. Now, let’s also have a look at is it really future-proof?

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Is 8GB RAM Future Proof?

Although 8GB RAM is enough for most of the budget and mid-level gaming PCs, it is not future-proof. Seeing the increasing resource demand of games, it is quite possible that 8GB RAM even fell short for 2K, even 1080P gaming in the next 4-5 years.

However, if you are building a budget PC, or wanna upgrade later, you can go with one 8GB RAM stick and upgrade to 16GB later on.

But ultimately you have to upgrade the RAMs to at least 16GB at the rate (if a new type isn’t introduced) really soon.

Moreover, I am talking about gaming only, for tasks like high-resolution rendering, live editing, and multitasking, sometimes 16GB RAM also fell short. So, users need to go up to 32GB for these tasks.

But for gaming, still, 8GB is a base you can say. It is good but not enough always.

I hope you got the point after reading till now, how much RAM you really need for gaming. Now, let’s also discuss can adding more RAM improve performance.

Does RAM Matter In Gaming?

RAM works as temporary but super-fast storage (unlike HDD and SSD) that provides data to the CPU from other storage devices quickly. So, if the CPU doesn’t even need more RAM, then adding more RAM won’t affect the performance at all.

Rather if you are seeing that the RAM uses are less and still getting performance issues, then you can upgrade the CPU. Because budget CPUs usually don’t need much RAM as their clock speed is also less.

In that case, if you have more than sufficient RAM, upgrading it to a better CPU will not only increase the RAM consumption but also enhance the performance.

So, just adding RAM to a computer without analyzing if it really needs it or not is not a great idea. First, the user has to see if the system really needs RAM.

You can see that from Task Manager>Performance>Memory. If the memory uses are high while doing other tasks, reaches more than 90%, then you need to consider upgrading RAM.

Also, make sure to test RAM uses while running any games or what mostly you do on the PC in the background. otherwise without any running tasks obviously RAM uses will not be high.

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Does Upgrading RAM Increase Performance?
Can Laptop RAM Be Used In Desktop?

Wrapping up:

8GB RAM is enough for budget gaming at lower resolutions (2K and below). But for the best gaming experience at least 16GB is necessary. Moreover, 8GB isn’t future proof, it is quite possible that the user has to upgrade from 8GB in the coming years.

I hope you got the basic idea about how much RAM you really need after reading this post. If you have any further queries, feel free to contact me. See you in the next one, be techy:)

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