Is 8gb enough for gaming?

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  1. malamute

    malamute New Member

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    I have a dell inspiron 5676, came with 2x4gb ram. I was going to upgrade to 16gb but do I need to, for gaming only?
    I played through shadow of mordor/war, and doing witcher 3 now and none of them seemed to use much ram. I will do divinity original sin 2 soon.
    I have been out of the loop on gaming for a while. Do any modern games really need more than 8gb ram?
     
  2. Tyrone Bugmy

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    Im the exact same with one of my pcs and i honestly dont think i need to upgrade
     
  3. Ratzz

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    I've seen the question raised and tested on various youtube channels. IFAIK current thinking is that 8GB isn't enough for some games. 16GB is the sweet spot, 32GB is considered nice but unnecessary.
     
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    I've once read a benchmark where BF1? ran slightly faster with 16GB than it did with 8GB so I'm guessing this is the direction we are heading towards.
     
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    My sons' gaming machine currently has 16GB which seems to get eaten up pretty quickly, while it's "enough" for now we are contemplating throwing another 16GB in for 32GB total.

    While I'm somewhat out of the game these days, I am aware he is running voice chat, streaming/capture software as well as potentially music (youtube) and other things... If you were just playing games I'm sure 16GB would be enough, but in his case at least I think the extra RAM would be useful.

    In short I'd aim for at least 16GB these days, 32GB being nice if it's cheap enough.
     
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  6. Aetherone

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    Nah, 8Gb is plenty enough VRAM :p

    On a more serious note, had a user at a LAN the other week with just 6GB system ram run into problems when it repeatedly ran out during various games. Solved it by killing all non-essential processes and turning all the prettyness off (felt like 1999 all over again!). While 8GB will do, I suggest that it's days are numbered and ram is comparatively cheap right now.

    16 would be the bang-for-buck point, 32 should give plenty of headroom for all the other crap kids these days have running and 64 will probably go EOL before it's fully used; unless you run Minecraft with the wrong set of plugins or various other specific high memory use cases.
     
  7. Hotrod2go

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    Have you checked the system requirements from the publishers/devs of those games you plan on playing?
    If they recommend 16Gb for xyz game, then there is your answer.
    That would be my 1st port of call imo.
     
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    Do you plan on getting VR?

    16GB is fairly much the standard minimum for gaming at the moment.
     
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    No it isn't... "recommended" maybe.
     
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    RAM is cheap, upgrade it to see out the life of the machine.
     
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    Same same (what I meant).
     
  12. MR CHILLED

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    Absolutely, 16 probably won't be too far away.
     
  13. everybodies

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    good question.

    have a look at Steam hardware survey, link below, as of July 2019 40% of steam users have 8GB of ram.
    and only 4% more than 16GB.

    the way i look at this is that if you make a game that uses more than 16GB of ram you will cut off 96% of the market,
    same with 8GB, if you game needs 9GB than you cut off 40% of steam market.

    maybe im wrong but i think that's what keeps games use measly specs, about 20% of steam users have 2GB of VRAM another 20% have 4GB, so if i game uses 8GB of vram you have a lot of lost revenue right there.

    https://store.steampowered.com/hwsurvey/Steam-Hardware-Software-Survey-Welcome-to-Steam


    have had 32GB of ram, nothing in windows ever used more than 12, unless you multitask like crazy. downgraded to 16GB
     
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    Indeed, very true.
    However... IF a game is desired enough by the end user, then I'm sure they will find a way to get more ram or Vram into their systems.
    This is where the convincing power of clever marketing comes in.
     
  15. everybodies

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    you're right. im sure games and hardware manufacturers have lunch together and work out how to get into our wallets.
    that's just strategic thinking.
    no doubt games drive the hardware specs in a big way.
    prove me wrong, please, but i've never seen anything use 8GB of my 1070 and i run plenty of monitors to see what's going.
    like running Afterburner monitor after playing Odyssey for a few hours i think it said max vram used was 3.5GB, i noticed that when checking temps in a mini itx build.
    and now there's 11GB cards, so what? i ask ya, so bloody what?
     
  16. BistecConBigote

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    You don’t need more than 8gb of RAM, but you can find yourself playing the povo game of no multitasking with that amount. E.g Deus Ex crashes a lot on level transitions if I don’t kill Firefox first. 16gb is the new “recommended”.
     
  17. Bourke

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    Played some PUBG used 5GB solid - 32GB Available
    Played Witcher 3 before, used 4.5GB @ Ultra 1080p

    16GB kits are cheaper atm so why not even with 2 sticks.
     
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    Yeah Witcher 3 seems to max out at 5gb/8gb ram used, and 2gb/8gb vram used.
    I don't multi task at all, it is gaming only. So I have decided to hold out on upgrading ram until after I upgrade some other things first. The current motherboard only supports 2400mhz ram anyway so will upgrade the motherboard first.
     
  19. Bourke

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    I made a mistake..lol
    Didn't read the Resources proper.
    Actual is PUBG 10.7GB , Witcher 3 10.3GB
    Which is quite a bit.
    Windows needs like 3GB-4GB to be happy and not wig out.
     
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    Interesting, so 5gb of 8gb used could actually be maxing it out then
     

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