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How To Choose The Best RAM For Your Gaming Computer

How to Choose the best RAM for a Gaming computer

Are you a computer enthusiast who is curious about what kind of RAM will be best for a gaming computer? Let’s go about it in a fun way! pinky swear I will not bore you !! If yes, then this blog post is perfect for you!

Key points to take away from this article

  • Consider the RAM capacity: The first thing you need to consider when buying RAM is the capacity. The article recommends a minimum of 8GB, but for a better gaming experience, 16GB or even 32GB of RAM is ideal.
  • Check the RAM speed: RAM speed is another crucial factor to consider when buying RAM for your gaming computer. The article suggests that a higher speed is better, but make sure it’s compatible with your motherboard.
  • Look for DDR4 RAM: DDR4 RAM is the most modern and fast type of RAM and is compatible with most modern gaming computers. The article recommends going for DDR4 RAM if you want the best performance. Avoid DDR5 for the time being let their prices fall a little and get compatible with the mainstream motherboard manufacturers
  • Check the latency: RAM latency is the time it takes for the RAM to respond to a command. The lower the latency, the faster the RAM. The article recommends going for RAM with low latency for better gaming performance.
  • Consider the brand and warranty: The article suggests that you should always go for RAM from reputable brands, such as Corsair, Kingston, and G.Skill. Also, make sure that the RAM comes with a warranty to ensure that you’re protected in case anything goes wrong.

First up are the different kinds of RAM –

We only care about U-DIMM for Gaming computers or SO-DIMM if you use gaming laptops (yikes! ) as gamers, we try to game on servers as well, even if it’s just Minesweeper.

Let’s start with U-DIMM, which stands for Dual Inline Memory Module. If you’re building a desktop computer, then you’re probably familiar with this rectangular circuit board with pins on the bottom that plugs into the motherboard. It’s like the bread in your computer sandwich.

Moving on to SODIMM, or Small Outline Dual Inline Memory Module, used in laptops and other small devices. It’s smaller than a DIMM and has pins on both sides of the circuit board, which makes it look like it’s giving you a hug.

If you’re using ultra-portable devices, then you might be familiar with MicroDIMM, which is even smaller than SODIMM but looks like its twin. It has pins on both sides of the circuit board, so be careful not to drop it, or you’ll be playing a game of “find the MicroDIMM.”

Now, let’s talk about RIMM, or Rambus Inline Memory Module, which was used in some high-end desktop computers. This form factor has a different pin configuration than DIMM and is incompatible with DIMM slots, like how iPhone and Android users try to use the same charger. RIMM RAM was quite popular in the late 1990s and early 2000s.

Remember those older computers that we used to have back in the day? They used SIMM, or Single Inline Memory Module, which had pins on one side of the circuit board and is no longer common. SIMM RAM was commonly used in older computer systems, particularly in the 1980s and early 1990s. It’s like a distant relative that nobody talks about anymore.

Next up is FB-DIMM, or Fully Buffered Dual Inline Memory Module,was a type of memory technology used in some high-end servers and workstations in the mid-2000s. It was developed by Intel as a replacement for the previous generation of DDR2 memory technology. This form factor has an additional buffer between the memory controller and the memory modules to improve performance. It’s like having a butler that serves you RAM instead of tea.

Although I won’t deny trying to run God Of War, won’t be fun on a server setup just to make your supervisor cringe but still, I won’t suggest you try it (Instead I would bet you for it!! ) so we will look toward U-DIMM RAM sticks going forward

Now Let’s Come To DDR

Moving on to DDR, which stands for Double Data Rate. It’s a type of RAM that can transfer data twice per clock cycle, compared to traditional single data rate (SDR) RAM, which can only transfer data once per cycle. It’s like driving a Lamborghini instead of a Ford. There have been several generations of DDR RAM, each with increasing data transfer rates and different pin configurations, including DDR, DDR2, DDR3, DDR4, and DDR5 (which was released in 2021).

DDR RAM is widely used in modern computers, both desktops and laptops, and is an important factor in determining the overall performance of a system.
When upgrading or building a computer, it’s important to ensure that the RAM is compatible with the motherboard and CPU and that the DDR generation and speed match the setup.

If you know your motherboard brand and model (and you would if you bought it in the first place), you can check out the manual (like you kept it for real) or just Google your worries away (you were going to do that anyway).
There are other ways of writing various commands on command prompts, etc., but I would simply suggest opening the screws of that PC case and you can find the brand name and model number of the motherboard printed there on your motherboard. Magic!!

Next up is your fat (uh)- RAM capacity

The amount of RAM needed for a system depends on several factors, including the type of applications being run, the operating system, and the amount of multitasking required. For basic computing tasks such as web browsing, word processing, and email, 4 GB of RAM is usually sufficient, but we don’t care about them, do we? For more demanding applications such as video editing, gaming, and virtualization, 8 to 16 GB or more of RAM may be necessary.

Having more RAM than necessary can also provide benefits, such as faster application loading times and improved system performance, especially when multitasking or working with large files.

It’s important to note that the amount of RAM a computer can support depends on the motherboard and CPU used in the system. For example, older systems mostly 32-bit systems may only support a maximum of 4 GB of RAM (perfect for Minesweeper; it runs, I promise), while newer systems 64-bit ones can support up to 256 GB.

When upgrading or building a computer system, it’s important to consider the amount of RAM required for the intended use of the system, as well as the maximum amount of RAM supported by the motherboard and CPU. It’s also important to ensure that the RAM is compatible with the motherboard and CPU and that it is installed correctly in the appropriate memory slots.

So if you are upgrading your system, you are stuck with the kind of memory or RAM your existing system supports; if you are making a new one, choose your motherboard and processor before coming to buy RAM. (Sigh!! Now you mention this after I have read 500 words?? Yeah, sorry about that)

But here are some basic guidelines for RAM capacities, and I am going to presume you are upgrading to a DDR4 stick. If you are thinking of upgrading to a DDR3 system, please don’t. It won’t be a gaming computers, and you will waste good money

  • 4GB RAM for Excel users, but they can run DDR3 for all we care
  • 16GB DDR4 is great and should keep you going for the next few years you can stream with it but yeah, it will just work.
  • 32GB DDR4 is overkill for most games and I would not suggest it unless you want to stream on Twitch and YouTube alongside gaming as well. (Yeah, time to show how everyone bad you are at Fortnite!!)
  • Now 64GB DDR4 for a gaming computers, is where I start thinking about when too much money is a bad thing.

In summary, RAM is like the brain of your computer. Just like how your brain needs enough neurons firing to handle multiple tasks, your computer needs enough RAM to multitask effectively. And just like how too much coffee can give you the jitters, too much RAM can make your computer feel like it’s had one too many espressos. So, be careful not to overdo it on the RAM unless you want a hyperactive computer on your hands! (and who doesn’t want it, I know I’ll splurge anyway)

Let’s come to the speeds at which a RAM can go for the love of your life (games, not the other one, you have to go there yourself!! Best of luck with that)

The speed of DDR4 RAM refers to how quickly it can transfer data to and from the CPU. DDR4 RAM can operate at different speeds, usually measured in megahertz (MHz). The higher the speed, the faster the RAM can transfer data.

DDR4 RAM can operate at various speeds, typically starting at 2133 MHz (megahertz) and going up to 4800 MHz or higher for high-end modules. The exact speed of DDR4 RAM depends on the specific module and the motherboard’s capabilities. The speed is measured in MHz and represents the number of cycles per second that the RAM can perform.

Higher-speed RAM can provide faster data transfer rates, resulting in better overall system performance, especially when running memory-intensive tasks like gaming or video editing. However, the speed of DDR4 RAM is not the only factor that affects performance, other factors like capacity, timings, and latency also play important roles.

In simpler terms, faster RAM can improve the performance of your system, but it won’t magically turn your potato into a high-end gaming rig. So if you’re planning to upgrade your RAM, make sure to consider all factors and not just the speed. Otherwise, you might end up with a speedy stick of RAM that’s not compatible with your motherboard, or worse, one that’s faster than your internet connection!

XMP Profile – The thing that keeps your RAM at the easy difficulty level

XMP 2.0, or Extreme Memory Profile 2.0, is a fancy term for overclocking your RAM. Yes, that’s right, you can overclock your RAM just like you can overclock your CPU and GPU.

But before we get into the nitty-gritty of XMP 2.0, let’s take a moment to appreciate the fact that we can overclock our RAM. Who knew that RAM could be so exciting? It’s like taking a plain old Toyota and turning it into a racecar. Okay, maybe not that extreme, but you get the point.

So, what exactly is XMP 2.0? Well, it’s a feature found on most modern motherboards that allows you to increase the speed of your RAM beyond the standard specifications set by the manufacturer. It’s like giving your RAM a Red Bull and seeing how fast it can go.

Setting up XMP 2.0 is relatively easy. First, make sure your motherboard supports it. Then, go into your BIOS settings and enable XMP 2.0. You may need to select a specific profile, depending on your RAM’s manufacturer.

Once you’ve enabled XMP 2.0, your RAM will run at a higher clock speed, which means faster performance. It’s like upgrading your RAM without actually buying new RAM. It’s the ultimate hack.

But, as with any overclocking, there are risks involved. Overclocking your RAM can potentially damage your hardware, so make sure you do your research and understand what you’re doing before you start tweaking things.

In conclusion, XMP 2.0 is a great way to get more performance out of your RAM. It’s like giving your RAM a shot of adrenaline and seeing how fast it can go. Just make sure you know what you’re doing before you start tweaking those settings, or you might end up with a melted motherboard and a very expensive paperweight.

CAS Latency (similar to cash latency, where you want money to arrive faster but in a shorter time)

CAS Latency (Column Address Strobe Latency) is a timing parameter used in computer memory (RAM) that measures the delay between the moment a memory controller sends a request for data from a particular column in the memory array and the moment the first piece of data is returned. It’s like playing a game of fetch with your dog, but instead of bringing back the ball, it brings back data.

A lower CAS latency indicates that the memory module can retrieve the requested data faster, which generally results in improved system performance. A small example, you have 2 RAM sticks of 8GB 3000Mhz One of them has CL-16 and the other one has CL-18. Then CL-16 is better here.

Channels – Kinda like Highway

RAM channels refer to the physical pathways that connect the memory controller on a computer’s motherboard to the memory slots that hold the RAM modules. Modern motherboards typically support dual-channel or quad-channel memory configurations.

In a dual-channel configuration, the motherboard has two channels that can each support one or more RAM modules. Similarly, in a quad-channel configuration, the motherboard has four channels. By using multiple RAM channels, the computer can access data from the RAM modules in parallel, which can improve performance when running memory-intensive tasks.

It’s important to note that to take advantage of dual-channel or quad-channel configurations, you need to install matching RAM modules in each channel. For example, if you have a dual-channel motherboard, you would need to install identical RAM modules in both channels to enable dual-channel memory configuration.

By identical, I mean two RAMs of the same sizes, same speed, same CAS latency, and preferably the same brand as well. Then place them in identically colored slots. Most modern motherboards do carry it. Now let me give you a couple of examples –

Situation 1: You have two RAM sticks, one 8GB 3000 Mhz and one 8GB 2666 Mhz. Then, if you install them in a dual-channel configuration, the whole setup will work at 2666 Mhz. Our suggestion is to install it in different colored slots.

Situation 2: You have three RAM sticks, two of which are 8GB 3000 Mhz and one of which is 8GB 2666Mhz.So make sure to install the identical RAM sticks in the same colored slots and the 8GB in the second color slot. The reason behind this is the system will first use 16GB 3000Mhz in dual channel mode and then shift to 8GB 2666Mhz in single channel mode.

Just like how having more lanes can help traffic move faster, having more RAM channels can help your computer access data more quickly. But if you don’t have matching RAM modules in each channel, it’s like having different types of vehicles in each lane – it just leads to chaos and slow speeds. So make sure to match your RAM modules and keep your computer running smoothly, just like traffic on a well-designed highway!

Heat Spreader – Makes you look cool as well

It’s the kind of thing you never knew you needed until you’re frantically searching for ways to cool down your computer and stumble across these little guys.

So, what exactly is a heat spreader, you ask? Well, it’s pretty much what it sounds like a little piece of metal that sits on top of your RAM modules and helps to dissipate heat. RAM modules can get pretty hot when they’re working hard, and if they get too hot, they can start to slow down or even fail. And nobody wants that, right?

That’s where the heat spreader comes in. It’s designed to help move the heat away from the RAM chips and into the surrounding air. Some heat spreaders are just simple strips of metal, while others are fancier and have all sorts of shapes and designs cut into them. You know, in case you’re the kind of person who wants your RAM to look like it belongs in a futuristic spaceship.

But do heat spreaders actually work? Well, the jury is still out on that one. Some people swear by them and say they’ve noticed a difference in their computer’s performance since installing them. Others say they’re just a gimmick and don’t actually do anything.

Either way, there’s no denying that heat spreaders can be a fun and flashy way to add a little personality to your computer. Plus, if you ever need to defend yourself against an intruder, you can always rip one off your RAM and use it as a makeshift weapon. Okay, maybe not. But it’s nice to know you have options, right?

On a side note, copper-based spreaders are better than aluminum-based ones. And aluminum-based heat spreaders outperform plastic based.

RGB Lighting – Face it, you want your PC to look better than you do! (crying Inside)

Oh boy, RGB lighting on RAM modules! Is there anything more essential for a gaming setup? I think not. So, let’s dive into the process of setting up those dazzling RGB lights on your RAM sticks!

First, you’ll need to make sure your RAM modules are compatible with RGB lighting. Not all RAM sticks come with this feature, so check the product specifications before making a purchase. Once you have compatible RAM, it’s time to get started.

Step 1: Gather your supplies You’ll need a few things to get started. Of course, you’ll need your RAM sticks, but you’ll also need a compatible motherboard, RGB lighting control software, and some patience.

Step 2: Install your RAM sticks. Before you can start playing with the RGB lights, you’ll need to install your RAM modules into your motherboard’s memory slots. Make sure to consult your motherboard manual for instructions on which slots to use.

Step 3: Connect the RGB cables. Next, you’ll need to connect the RGB cables from your RAM modules to your motherboard. Most motherboards have RGB headers that you can connect the cables to. Make sure to connect each RAM stick’s cable to the correct header. If there are no cables, don’t worry; your RAM might not need them. Check the manual for this.

Step 4: Install the RGB control software To control your RAM’s RGB lighting, you’ll need to install the RGB control software that came with your motherboard or download it from the manufacturer’s website. Once you have the software installed, you should be able to control the RGB lights on your RAM modules.

Step 5: Customize your RGB lighting Now comes the fun part: customizing your RGB lighting! With the RGB control software, you can choose from a variety of colors and lighting effects. You can even sync up the RGB lighting on your RAM with other RGB-enabled components in your PC for a truly dazzling light show.

And there you have it! Setting up RGB lighting on your RAM modules is a great way to add some extra flair to your gaming setup. Just remember, RGB lighting won’t actually improve your gameplay, but it will make your PC look pretty darn cool. So when you rage quit, you won’t smash your PC.

So now we know, what we need to know and the know-how to actually buy a 10cm stick. (Gosh!!)

If you are making a new PC, check out what kind of RAM is supported by your motherboard and processor

A step by step guide for easy reference

Step 1 – Determine your Purpose

What is the purpose you want to use the system for. Is it pure gaming, streaming, or is it video editing? Go for 16GB DDR4 3200MHz minimum for gaming or light video editing and 32GB DDR4 3600MHz for streaming alongside gaming of high level of video editing

Step 2 – Determine your budget

The first step in choosing the best RAM for your gaming computers is to determine your budget. RAM prices can vary greatly, so it’s important to know how much you’re willing to spend before you start shopping.

Step 3 – Consider the speed and capacity

The speed and capacity of the RAM are also important factors to consider. Look for RAM with a high frequency or speed, as this will improve the overall performance of your gaming computers. In addition, consider the capacity of the RAM, as having more RAM allows you to run more programs simultaneously without experiencing any lag.

Step 4 – Check for compatibility

When selecting RAM for your gaming computers, it’s essential to check for compatibility with your motherboard. Look for RAM that is compatible with your motherboard’s chipset, and make sure the RAM is the correct type (DDR4, DDR5, etc.) for your motherboard.

Step 5 – Look for good heat dissipation

Gaming computers can generate a lot of heat, so it’s important to choose RAM with good heat dissipation. Look for RAM with a heat spreader or heat sink, as these features will help to keep your RAM cool during intense gaming sessions.

Step 6 – Consider the brand and warranty

Finally, when selecting RAM for your gaming computer, consider the brand and warranty. Look for reputable brands with a good track record of producing high-quality RAM. In addition, make sure the RAM comes with a warranty in case anything goes wrong with it.

If you decide on 16 GB, get 2 RAM sticks of 8GB instead of 1 stick of 16GB. It is better than having one RAM stick of 16GB. By following these five steps, you should be able to choose the best RAM for your gaming computer and enjoy a smooth and seamless gaming experience.
If you would still like to read more about it you can check this post by Intel on how to choose RAM for a gaming computer. If you need assistance with any other components be sure to check out this guide of ours.

Frequently asked questions

Look for high frequency (MHz), low latency (CL), and sufficient capacity (GB) to match your system requirements. Consider brand reputation and compatibility with your motherboard. Check what DDR Standard, max frequency and max capacity you PC supports.

We recommend RAM for a gaming PC be at least 16GB, preferably with a frequency of 3200MHz or higher and low latency (CL14 or CL16). The exact specifications may vary depending on the specific game and system requirements but 16GB is ideal for all scenarios.

Check your motherboard’s manual or specifications to see what types of RAM it supports, then determine the capacity and speed required for your specific use case. Look for reliable brands and consider budget constraints.

For most gaming scenarios, 32GB of RAM is overkill as games typically only require 8-16 GB. However, it may be beneficial for content creation or streaming, etc.

Increasing RAM alone generally does not increase FPS in games. However, it can help reduce stuttering and improve overall performance if the game or other applications are using a significant amount of RAM and causing the system to swap to slower storage devices.

Recommended for windows 10 and windows 11 users are 8GB DDR4 2400MHz and above for internet browsing, casual gaming, OTT platforms, etc. We recommend a minimum of 16GB DDR4 3000MHz and above for gaming PC.

DDR5 is superior to DDR4 in terms of bandwidth, frequency, and memory capacity. DDR5 operates at a higher frequency, with up to 6400 MHz compared to DDR4’s maximum of 4266 MHz. However, DDR5 is currently more expensive and not as widely available as DDR4.

  • Consider RAM Compatibility with your motherboard – DDR3, DDR4 or DDR5
  • Check for max RAM capacity supported by your motherboard – 32GB/64GB/128GB
  • If upgrading for a particular software, check it’s recommended requirements
  • Check the max RAM Frequency supported by your motherboard and processor
  • Try to get lowest CAS Latency on your RAM CL 16, CL14 or lower
  • Try to stay in these brands for easy warranty – Crucial, Corsair, Kingston, XPG, G.Skill

Like we mentioned above most gaming scenarios, 32GB of RAM is overkill as games typically only require 8-16 GB. However, it may be beneficial for content creation or streaming, etc. We don’t recommend 64GB for gaming as of yet.

For most games coming out 16GB DDR4 running at 3000MHz or above is a recommendation from our side. If you want to stream on twitch or youtube alongside gaming, 32GB DDR4 running at 3200 MHz is recommended by us.

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