Would 4gigs ram improve game performance?

Discussion in 'Mac and PC Games' started by MikeyTree, Jan 19, 2008.

  1. MikeyTree macrumors 6502

    Jan 5, 2007
    I'm considering upgrading my MBP's 2gigs of memory to 4gigs. Would that significantly improve game performance?
  2. irishgrizzly macrumors 65816


    May 15, 2006
    I'm thinking not - your graphics card will be the biggest limiting factor. More RAM would be good for running other apps in the background while you game.
  3. Denali9 macrumors member

    Jun 15, 2007
    There has been test on tom's hardware and upgrading memory will give you very minimal gain. You may see at most 5% but not in every game. As previous post, the limiting factor is your GPU and VRAM which cannot be upgraded in a laptop.

    If gaming performance and playing the latest and greatest, you should consider getting a mac pro with the 8800 GT or using a window desktop.
  4. lag1090 macrumors 6502

    Jan 28, 2007
    I just recently upgraded my MBP to 4 gigs of RAM and the only noticeable effect it's had is that I can use a higher sound level (more unique voices, better sound quality) in BF2142. It seems that increased RAM just really helps with having more things that are not stored in VRAM, like audio.

    On a side note, I haven't had any page outs when doing a lot of things simultaneously, either.
  5. snickelfritz macrumors 65816


    Oct 24, 2003
    Tucson AZ
    It will have virtually zero impact on maximum in-game framerate, compared to 2GB.
    It will probably eliminate system page outs and swapping.
    It's a $50.00 no-brainer.
  6. Chone macrumors 65816


    Aug 11, 2006
    It helps in some games like Crysis but mind you, the framerates stay the same, it's only generally quicker loading levels and it's a little smoother (less jumps between FPS but average FPS stays the same).

    Is it worth it? Well 4GB is very nice for general computer usage but it doesn't help too much in games.
  7. IEatApples macrumors 6502a


    Jan 26, 2004
    Northern Hemisphere (Norway)
    Yea, a better graphics card is the only thing that'll really helps with gaming… sadly, you'll need a MacPro to get one. :(

    Hey Chone, you're a Heroes gamer, right? Do you play the PC version in BootCamp? If so: Are you able to play online without constantly disconnecting? + What machine do you have? :)
  8. Bigewilson macrumors newbie

    May 10, 2007
    if you build it he will come

    What was that? A man looks around his corn field and freaks out. Of coarse it's not being used, neither is 85% of your brain. I say start running your old games like Red Baron on your computer with 64MB as see if that helps keep things in perspective. If you guys don't stop whining the game gods won't be pleased in connecting your world to there more superior world: fast cars and fast women(and some times men) world.
  9. MrMacMan macrumors 604


    Jul 4, 2001
    1 Block away from NYC.
    Okay first off:


    The RAM is going to increase performance a little bit, probably 5-10%, this is depending on what other applications you are running while running in the background, if you are only running the game and finder, obviously you have less applications eating memory, but if your keeping open safari, then memory might help more.
  10. marclapierre13 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 7, 2005
    Yes, it will increase your performance. As said in other posts, it will be somewhat minimal though, and it will vary on the game and the computer. I read some where a while ago that it will increase halo on a MBP about 3-5 FPS, and around 2-5 FPS on Doom 3.
    Is it worth it? IMO, Yes. I like to have programs in the background, especially when I am playing halo, I switch back and forth. Also, it makes the laptop run much smoother. I dont have 4GB in my laptop yet, but from asking around and reading other articles, this is the general consensus.
  11. marclapierre13 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 7, 2005
    What are you on? That didnt make any sense

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