What Does RAM Do For Gaming?

What Does RAM Do For Gaming?

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Martha Davis
August 19, 2021
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Have you ever wondered what exactly happens when you enter a command into a computer?

Well, the process of getting the desired output is run proficiently by the RAM.

The Random Access Memory is present inside the CPU on the motherboard, enabling the processor to secure a pathway towards the output. Thus, it is truly an inseparable part of the CPU. In fact, your PC will not run without its RAM

Some users require powerful and speedy computers for particular purposes. Most of these users are gamers, who want their PC to overclock for hours as they play, record, and stream their game simultaneously.

That is a staunch task and requires a solid processor to see it through. Additionally, gamers need heavy RAM to ensure that their PC does not lag. So let’s look at how RAM helps gamers. 

When Does Your PC Use RAM?

RAM Usages

The short answer here is “always.” The PC is continuously using its RAM to convert all commands and convert the input to output. Whenever the user logs in an input, the processor takes a quick peek at the RAM, seeing a roadmap for getting the desired process done.

RAM is used to execute applications, like MS Word, MS Excel, or a web browser. The amount of RAM on the motherboard determines how many applications you can load and run simultaneously. 

The desk metaphor makes it easy to understand RAM. RAM is like your desk – it allows you to work on multiple things at once. When you have a bigger desk, you can work on more tasks simultaneously.

You do not have to keep visiting your storage cabinet – ROM – constantly to look at books because you can simply keep them on your desk. You can keep them in the storage cabinet for safekeeping when you are done working on the projects. 

If your desk is cluttered, you need to clean it up so that you can find the necessary information faster. If your desk feels too tiny every time you work, you need to get a bigger desk. Finally, for the smooth functioning of your PC, you need to keep multitasking to a minimal level.

That would ensure that the RAM is using all its resources towards completing that single process.

Alternatively, if you find that some software is simply not working on your computer, you might need to look at RAM upgrades because your desk cannot take the sheer weight of your heavy books. 

What Does RAM Do For Gamers?

RAM for PCs

Gamers are looking for fast computers so that they can get the best possible graphics in their endeavors. However, most novice gamers are not sure how to get their PC to function the best. Many times, these young gamers will focus on the wrong components.

For example, they will purchase a new powerful GPU but not upgrade the CPU, creating a bottleneck. Consequently, they lose speed on their PC. 

Higher RAM aids gamers to get higher frame rates in their games.

You can get considerably better performance from your PC if you upgrade your RAM without changing the CPU or GPU. When you load a game on your PC, it is stored partly in the RAM.

Whenever you run it, the CPU has to toggle between the files on the RAM and the ROM. The CPU first rummages through the RAM, finding the necessary data, and then moves to the ROM. 

Therefore, if you have more data on the RAM, you will find it quickly, and your game will run smoothly. With a larger RAM, you can store more things and access them faster.

RAM speeds are measured in MHz because it is calculated as a frequency.

Thus, the speed generated by your RAM is essentially the number of commands that it can facilitate in stipulated time. The first RAMs had a rate of 400 MHz.

These RAMs were called DDR. Later, technology bloomed and created the DDR2, DDR3, and DDR4. The latest versions of the DDR4 can accommodate speeds of up to 4500 MHz. 

Gradually, RAMs have grown massive in size as they have grown faster. While 4GB RAM is usually enough for a standard work computer using MS Office, gamers need more fuel.

Much, much more fuel. For gaming PCs, 4GB RAM would crash and burn.

These burly computers need at least 16GB of RAM to run these heavy software applications the way they were designed to be run. 

The perks of VRAM in the gaming industry are impossible to miss. VRAM stands for Video RAM. It is the RAM attached to video cards or dedicated GPUs. Every time you add a new GPU, you essentially make a slight upgrade to your RAM.

This special VRAM has a singular (and slightly obvious) function – working on the best possible graphics for heavy software. Additionally, your CPU and GPU must be compatible with each other. A major crevasse between the RAM and VRAM would not give you the best possible performance. 

How Much RAM is Optimal For Gaming?

Average Memory Per Region

Today, the minimum RAM offered on gaming PCs is 8GB. Gamers also consider 16GB to be the perfect middle-ground for simultaneous gameplay and streaming. Some users also make their PCs handle a mammoth 32GB RAM.

However, most people think that 32GB is overkill when it comes to RAM for gaming. 

Here’s the catch – only a few years ago, we were collectively ushering in a wave of computers with 32-bit operating systems. These computers could only handle a RAM of 4GB, tops. Today, we’ve moved far ahead of those specs.

The everyday use of 64-bit OS has raised the glass ceiling on computer RAM. Every computer today has upwards of 4GB and 8GB RAM. Some high-end gaming PCs even have 64GB or 128GB RAM. 

Only the 32-bit computers (if they still exist today) use 4GB RAM. These machines are generally preferred for simple clerical tasks that do not require a lot of desk space. But is this RAM enough for smooth gaming? Nope. 

You will need to have a RAM of at least 8GB to pursue your gaming talents. While you will be able to execute most programs efficiently, newer games and other software will not run in their best avatar. As a result, you might have to compromise on video quality or face lags on an 8GB system. 

Most gamers across the globe, especially those on a budget, use a 16GB RAM system for their gaming advances.

That is the optimal amount of RAM for gaming, as you will never run out of memory space as long as you do not have heavy software applications working in the background. As a result, almost all titles in the market today will run quickly on 16GB RAM comfortably, without compromising on any aspect. 

The trend, however, is shifting towards having a 32GB monster computer to streamline the awesomeness of a gaming experience. These beasts of a PC never slow down, irrespective of how many tasks you run simultaneously.

Furthermore, most gamers who use 32GB RAM are only looking to prevent future updates because they can be costly. Thus, upgrading to 32GB RAM is “future-proofing” your PC. 

Future-proofing also raises the idea of DDR5 memory. RAM has many types – DDR, DDR2, DDR3, and DDR4. These types are increasingly faster and more massive than their predecessors.

Today, the buzz around the market is that the launch of the DDR5 is imminent. Upgrading your RAM to a DDR5 would also be included in future-proofing your PC. A machine with 32GB DDR5 RAM would be an unstoppable one. 

No amount of software load would be able to slow it down. It would be beneficial for those users who use multiple professional software – the kind where they have to use more than one monitor. 

How Do I Give My PC A Gaming Boost?

There are a few aspects of the PC that you can look at to enhance your gaming experience. Let’s take a look. 

Increasing The FPS On Your Monitor

144Hz Monitor

Most PC games are designed in individual frames, quite unlike a movie. While a movie is shot at 24 fps (frames per second), a game is developed at much higher fps rates. That is because films have motion blur, where movement is involved in the frame itself.

As a result, 24fps is enough for a film camera.

However, game visuals are designed as individual frames, which exhibit no motion. Therefore, they have to be rendered at around 60 fps for the movement to feel smooth. The higher the fps, the smoother your graphics are. 

However, the fps settings that you choose to run the game at depends on the monitor. If your monitor can only take 60fps, you cannot run a 90 fps game on it with optimum performance. Today, the tech market is laden with monitors that can support 120 fps and 144 fps easily.

So grabbing one of the mean machines for your gaming experience will give a significant boost, for sure. 

Alternatively, you can also update your device’s graphics and video drivers. Updating drivers ensures that communication to and from the CPU is faster, resulting in better fps. 

Optimize In-game Graphics

Witcher 3 Setting

The next time you run a game, check out the highest order of its graphics settings.

Then, look at your system, and you might find that you cannot run the game on its maximum graphics capacity on your PC.

Unless you have the hardware to handle a game, you cannot run it at its optimum visuals. Instead, find a middle ground that looks great while being efficient on your PC. 

The calculation is straightforward – run games at the same fps as your monitor screen.

If your monitor can do 90 fps, run your games at 90 fps for the best results. You can tweak other settings to get the best possible picture. For example, while running at the optimal fps rate of your monitor, you can reduce the game’s resolution to make it run smoother. 

Conclusion

You can modify your PC RAM to accommodate your gaming pleasures. While most PCs retailed today are adequate for gaming, they may not handle newer and heavier software applications.

Therefore, people commonly invest in larger RAMs and better hardware specs to make gaming seamless. We hope you found what you were looking for in this article. Happy gaming!

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Martha Davis

Martha Davis is a computer hardware specialist who works extensively in designing and manufacturing hardware devices, researching advanced computer technology. She built GadgetGangster.com as a platform to share her insight on computers and PC assembly with the web. Currently, she is carrying out her research on Robotics and Computer Vision and working privately to deliver services. Martha makes sure that readers of GadgetGangster.com master the basics of setting up computer components like motherboard, CPUs, and GPUs through the informative articles that she writes.