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How much RAM do you have?

Discussion in 'Techno-Magic' started by Taluntain, Apr 1, 2013.

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How much RAM do you have in your gaming PC?

  1. Less than 4GB

    7 vote(s)
    22.6%
  2. 4GB

    8 vote(s)
    25.8%
  3. 6GB

    1 vote(s)
    3.2%
  4. 8GB

    10 vote(s)
    32.3%
  5. From 9GB to 15GB

    1 vote(s)
    3.2%
  6. 16GB

    3 vote(s)
    9.7%
  7. From 17GB to 31GB

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  8. 32GB

    1 vote(s)
    3.2%
  9. 33GB or more

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  1. henkie

    henkie Hammertime Resourceful Adored Veteran New Server Contributor [2012] (for helping Sorcerer's Place lease a new, more powerful server!)

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    I have 16 GB in my three year old desktop. I had 4 GB in it at first, but with games like STALKER and The Witcher 2 and in combination with Win7, I was running out of memory space at times. And since memory is so cheap nowadays, I upgraded to 16 GB after a year or so.

    8 GB would've been sufficient in pretty much all cases, but I've learned in the past that more memory is usually a good thing. I could use more memory on my graphics card at the moment for the more demanding games (I have 1 GB on it at the moment).
     
  2. Taluntain

    Taluntain Resident Alpha and Omega Staff Member ★ SPS Account Holder Resourceful Adored Veteran Pillars of Eternity SP Immortalizer (for helping immortalize Sorcerer's Place in the game!) New Server Contributor [2012] (for helping Sorcerer's Place lease a new, more powerful server!) Torment: Tides of Numenera SP Immortalizer (for helping immortalize Sorcerer's Place in the game!) BoM XenForo Migration Contributor [2015] (for helping support the migration to new forum software!)

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    I've read an article recently on how PC sales are down the most since they started gathering sales data 20 years ago and that hardware has surpassed software demands in the recent years, e.g. new Windows not being any more demanding hardware-wise than the previous ones etc. and it certainly seems to be the case. I'm really wondering what they could come up with in the future that would actually require more powerful PC hardware - except for games. There's just nothing new today that even decent 3-5 year old systems couldn't run normally. Obviously this is bad for sales...
     
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  3. henkie

    henkie Hammertime Resourceful Adored Veteran New Server Contributor [2012] (for helping Sorcerer's Place lease a new, more powerful server!)

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    Normal desktop use hasn't been demanding on PCs for well over a decade now. Most games haven't been very demanding on PCs either for approximately 4 to 5 years now, because most games are developed primarily for the antiquated hardware of current day consoles.

    The upgrade from windows XP to Vista or newer would warrant a slight upgrade, though in most cases an upgrade to the RAM could suffice (for me Win7 generally uses about 1.5 GB, whereas XP used about .5 GB RAM).

    For actually demanding applications for the PC, things haven't changed that much, though. Simulations have grown more complex requiring better hardware, videos have grown in resolution and more generally bitrate though this is mostly demanding on hardware when encoding rather than when playing. Increased bitrate for video does increase the demand for diskspace, though you can get multiple terabytes for pretty cheap nowadays.
     
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    3.00 GB (2.75 GB usable)
     
  5. SlickRCBD Gems: 24/31
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    It's a sign that microcomputer technology is finally starting to mature, much like cars. We'll still get minor improvements, but nothing on the scale of the previous 30 years with Moore's Law.
     
  6. Master of Nuhn

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    Running Snow Leopard on a 4 GIG iMac.
     
  7. Taluntain

    Taluntain Resident Alpha and Omega Staff Member ★ SPS Account Holder Resourceful Adored Veteran Pillars of Eternity SP Immortalizer (for helping immortalize Sorcerer's Place in the game!) New Server Contributor [2012] (for helping Sorcerer's Place lease a new, more powerful server!) Torment: Tides of Numenera SP Immortalizer (for helping immortalize Sorcerer's Place in the game!) BoM XenForo Migration Contributor [2015] (for helping support the migration to new forum software!)

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    I don't think it's that, really... the "problem" is that neither the operating systems nor the games (the two things that made most people upgrade) are getting considerably more demanding year after year like they have in the past. The computer technology is stagnating because there are no killer apps - killer in the sense of requirements, that is.
     
  8. Chandos the Red

    Chandos the Red This Wheel's on Fire

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    4 Gigs on an Intel i5 system and running Win 7 with NP. My notebook has 4 gigs too with an AMD A6 system and also running Win 7 with NP.

    PC sales are down. Tablets are starting to take over....
     
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    Which again, is a sign that the technology is maturing, instead of the constant inadequacy of the past. It finally does what we need it to do.

    It's now much like a television, where with a proper signal adapter, my grandmother's TV that grandpa stuck a label on saying it's from 1986 is a perfectly viable solution to watching TV. An old car (so long as it isn't so old it needs leaded gas) is usually a viable form of transportation, with the only problem being presumed disrepair from old age. If that old car is in perfect condition it's perfectly viable.

    So to computers are starting to mature and no longer need the "latest and greatest" for everyday tasks. They are becoming more normal appliances or durable goods.
    Perversely, smart phones are now undergoing the computer growth, where before you tended to get one phone and just use it for years solely for talking.
     
  10. Master of Nuhn

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    As long as the minimum speed isn't 120 mph, there little need for a v16 "something incredible" engine. Likewise, if there are no programs that demand a lot of our machines... oh, well. I guess you get the picture.
     
  11. Marceror

    Marceror Chaos Shall Be Sown In Their Footsteps Adored Veteran Pillars of Eternity SP Immortalizer (for helping immortalize Sorcerer's Place in the game!) Torment: Tides of Numenera SP Immortalizer (for helping immortalize Sorcerer's Place in the game!) BoM XenForo Migration Contributor [2015] (for helping support the migration to new forum software!)

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    Recently got a new gaming rig as an early Christmas present.

    Went for 16GB DDR3/2133MHz Quad Channel Memory
     
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    Part of the issue is that the old consoles held PC Gaming back a lot considering it was mainly Console Ports and with the main consoles running on outdated hardware even when they came out it has really held back the requirements. With the new consoles out we should see a sizable increase in requirements which should mean that we should see intel/amd/nvidia stepping up their game from here on meaning we should see a larger increase then we have been lately. AMD has mantle coming for instance which is a shift in the way things are done. Which means intel and nvidia should come up with something of their own if they don't make cards that are specced right for Mantle that is. Valve seems to wanting to get away from windows for gaming for another shake up in the gaming world.
     
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