3GB, 6GB or 12GB Investigated

Gaming Benchmarks

 
Crysis is without doubt one of the most visually stunning and hardware-challenging games to date. By using CrysisBench - a tool developed independently of Crysis - we performed a total of 5 timedemo benchmarks using a GPU-intensive pre-recorded demo. To ensure the most accurate results, the highest and lowest benchmark scores were then removed and an average calculated from the remaining three.
 

 


 
Call of Duty 4 is a stunning DirectX 9.0c based game that really looks awesome and has a very full feature set. With lots of advanced lighting, smoke and water effects, the game has excellent explosions along with fast game play. Using the in-built Call Of Duty features, a 10-minute long game play demo was recorded and replayed on each of the GPU's using the /timedemo command a total of 5 times. The highest and lowest FPS results were then removed, with an average being calculated from the remaining 3 results.
 
 

 


Ubisoft has developed a new engine specifically for Far Cry 2, called Dunia, meaning "world", "earth" or "living" in Parsi. The engine takes advantage of multi-core processors as well as multiple processors and supports DirectX 9 as well as DirectX 10. Running the Far Cry 2 benchmark tool the test was run 5 times with the highest and lowest scores being omitted and the average calculated from the remaining 3.
 

 
 
 
Results Analysis

As we saw in the synthetic benchmarks, there really is nothing to choose between the 3 kits. Greater capacity adds such a small amount it would be fruitless buying more ram for gaming alone, especially if you already have a 6GB kit. I tried each kit for a night's worth of gaming and while I did not benchmark them, the 3GB kit seemed to lag a little and was noticably slower in level loading. The 6GB and 12GB kits were indistinguishable in game but the 12GB kit did seem to be snappier in the level loading stakes but not as much as the jump from 3GB to 6GB.

Let's take a look at the kits overall performance...

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27-03-2009, 18:44:38

w3bbo
With the advent of a triple channel memory controller on Intel's latest CPU, enthusiasts have been forced to ask a new question: Which memory configuration is best?

http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/artic...191419402s.jpg

Read the full article here.Quote

27-03-2009, 18:54:44

monkey7
Lol at the photos with all the ram. And 200 quid for 12GB, I paid that for 6GB 1333MHz. Prices are really dropping now.

Nice and unique review, really sheds some light on questions which are asked a lot and answered rarely.Quote

28-03-2009, 05:01:48

themcman1
That was a really good review - I really enjoyed reading that.

I want to have enough RAM to take photos like that though. Quote
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