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How much RAM do new games need: 8 GB versus 16 GB Conducted testing on the YouTube channel PC Support & Gaming Test

Experts from the YouTube channel PC Support & Gaming Test checked whether 8 GB of RAM is enough for new gaming projects. To do this, they launched two builds with 8 and 16 GB of RAM in nine games. These games include Red Dead Redemption 2, Forza Horizon 5, Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020, Valorant, God of War, Elden Ring, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, Cyberpunk 2077, Watch Dogs: Legion.

Red Dead Redemption 2 ran at 1080p on ultra settings . With 8 GB, the average performance was 45-47 fps, with 16 GB – 48-49 fps. The maximum number of frames was the same in both cases – 53 fps, while the minimum was higher with 16 GB (44 fps versus 24 fps).

Forza Horizon 5 also ran at 1080p, but with a high preset. The difference between 16 and 8 GB was already more significant here. The average FPS in the first case was 91-104 fps, in the second – 87-96 fps. The maximum frame rate was 116 and 107 fps, respectively, the minimum – 87 and 82 fps, respectively.

In Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 in Full HD at high graphics settings, on average, we managed to get 38-40 fps and 40-41 fps (8 and 16 GB). The maximum number of frames here was equal to 42 and 43 fps, respectively, the minimum – 37 and 39 fps, respectively.

Valorant was running in 1080p with a high preset. The average FPS in the game with 8 GB of RAM was 240-250 fps, with 16 GB – about 250-260 fps. The minimum number of frames was 190 fps with 8 GB and 217 fps with 16 GB, the maximum – 307 and 297 fps, respectively.

God of War launched at 1080p on the Custom preset. The average frame rate in it was 46-49 fps with 16 GB, while with 8 GB it was 45-48 fps. The maximum performance was 58 fps with 8 GB and 60 fps with 16 GB of RAM, the minimum was 39 fps and 42 fps, respectively.

In Elden Ring at 1080p and on high settings, we managed to achieve 50 fps on average with 8 GB and 51 fps with 16 GB. The minimum frame rate in this case was 43 fps in the first case, 44 fps in the second, and the maximum was 58 and 59 fps, respectively.

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla launched in 1080p with the Custom preset. With 8 GB, on average, we managed to get 60-61 fps in the game, and with 16 GB – 59-60 fps. In terms of the minimum and maximum number of frames, the gap was also in favor of 8 GB RAM: 51 fps versus 50 fps and 66 fps versus 65 fps.

Cyberpunk 2077 was running in Full HD on Custom settings. With 16 GB, the performance averaged 33-41 fps, with 8 GB – 32-39 fps. The maximum performance was within 53 fps and 52 fps, respectively, the minimum – 31 fps and 29 fps, respectively.

In Watch Dogs: Legion at 1080p, also with the Custom preset, the average frame rate was 45-47 fps and 52-53 fps (8 GB and 16 GB). The minimum performance value was 42 fps and 47 fps, the maximum – 59 fps and 60 fps, respectively.

PC configuration:

  • processor AMD Ryzen 3 3100 4 Cores 8 Threads (Base:- 3.6GHz, Boost:- 3.9GHz);
  • RAM HyperX Fury 2x8GB DDR4 3200 Mhz;
  • video card Colorful GTX 1650 SUPER NB V 4GB GDDR6;
  • HDD Seagate BarraCuda 1TB 7200 Rpm;
  • SSD Western Digital 500GB;
  • motherboard MSI A320M-A Pro Max;
  • power supply unit Cooler Master MWE White 550W;
  • operating system Windows 10 64 Bit.
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