Assuming you are using a dedicated card instead of an APU, and a modern (AM3/AM3+ or Sandy/Ivy Bridge) CPU and motherboard, and you are using Windows Vista or 7 x64, you could potentially see 5fps improvement. Value RAM is the bottom of the barrel garbage, and with 8GB now around $50, it is a great upgrade.
Originally posted by: black_zion Assuming you are using a dedicated card instead of an APU, and a modern (AM3/AM3+ or Sandy/Ivy Bridge) CPU and motherboard, and you are using Windows Vista or 7 x64, you could potentially see 5fps improvement. Value RAM is the bottom of the barrel garbage, and with 8GB now around $50, it is a great upgrade.
OK, first, memory timings are the number of clock cycles. 9-9-9-24 at 1333MHz is slower than 9-9-9-24 at 1600MHz, because it takes the latter a shorter amount of time to go through 9 clock cycles.
Second, you will gain very little going from the Kingston ValueRAM to even the fastest memory available. If you're lucky, a couple percent increase in frame rate. So you'd need to be running at over 250fps already to see an increase of 5fps.
In reality, any game likely to be at all impacted by your memory speed is going to be CPU bound, and that processor will be more of a bottleneck than even the slowest memory you could get working on that motherboard.
So the upshot is, you would get very little return from upgrading just your memory.
yeah unless your running out of system memory when playing games ( some new games use more the 4 gigs depending on the game , and if your rendering (you want all the ram you can get ) , but it depends on your rig , ram speed does verry little in terms of performance increase (unless you like to run ram benchmarks lol)
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The way it is the biggest slowdown on your system is that green Hard Drive. they use what is called intellipower so although the drive max may be 5400 rpm it may drop to 4500 rpm when not in full use they dont really give out the exact specs on intellipowered drives. Get a WD black drive or at least somthing that is ment to game with. The green drives are not even recommended for use as a boot drive.
I love caviar green drives as a storage/external drive since they run on lower rpm (and lower voltages aswell if you check the spec sheets) means they are more reliable, run on lower temperatures and less likely to fail. But.. unfortunately they suck as a system drive and can cause a serious bottleneck.
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