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macrumors 603
Original poster
May 31, 2015
I am trying to decide if it is worth upgrading from 8 GB of ram to 16 GB of ram ? It will be older DDR3 ram and on a PC.

My problem is in one way I want to because it is so cheap but another way I don't because I plan on upgrading my whole PC within 6 months.

This will be for Battlefield 1. Does anyone know if you saw a difference going from 2 sticks of 4 GB to 2 more sticks of 4 GB to a total of 16 GB in Battlefield 1? If you don't know its ok. I just heard people say there minimum fps increased going from 8 to 16 GB.


macrumors G3
May 3, 2014
One of the best things you can do is monitor your current RAM useage.

I run 16gb in most of my main systems, but honestly I'd be fine with 8. The only thing it really saves me is a small amount of paging out. An SSD can compensate for that somewhat also, as paging in and out is faster vs. a platter drive.

For the time being, I think most everyone will see a difference between 4gb and 8gb, but fewer will see a difference between 8 and 16.
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macrumors 6502a
Nov 9, 2012
Don't know how accurate these stats are, but as a general guide I just got these from MSI Afterburner while running Battlefield 1 multiplayer.

Resolution 3325x2078 (I think this is 3x DSR supersampling in the Nvidia control panel)
Video settings are all on Ultra, I have 16 GB of (older DDR3) RAM in this computer

RAM usage peaked at 9 GB
VRAM usage peaked at 4.8 GB
Max GPU usage was 99%
Max CPU usage was 100% across all cores, which I've never seen in any other game, temps reached 80 C (this is an Ivy Bridge i7 at 4.4 GHz)
Framerate hovered around 90 fps

I don't think you need loads of RAM for this game but it really does tax the CPU. I read somewhere that i5 systems can have trouble with it on the highest settings as it benefits a lot from hyperthreading.

So there you go. If your GPU is strong enough then your CPU will probably bottleneck you before the RAM does.
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