Wednesday, November 30, 2011

DRAM prices favor an upgrade, but how much does a solid rig need? Tell us on Facebook


The price  of DDR3 memory has continued to fall, to the extent that even the most scrooge-like PC builder would be tempted to deck out his PC with a bit extra. Right now on NewEgg a 4GB Kingston HyperX Blu DDR3 1333 module can be yours for a mere $19.99. Fancy something a little more adventurous? How’s about a 4GB CORSIAR Vengence DDR3 1600 for just $25? Or perhaps you’re man of real taste and distinction; try a pair of Muskin Enhanced Blackline modules rated at speeds of up to 2333MHz, for only $99.99! Has the world gone potty?

Well, no. But as far as consumers are concerned, it’s really good time to invest in some extra memory for your PC, as Peter Scott, writing for Fudzilla earlier this week explains:

“Here’s some food for thought. A year ago a single Kingston ValueRAM 4GB SO-DIMM module cost €54 and two years ago it retailed for a saucy €243. Now it sells for just €14 and change.” – Peter Scott, Fudzilla

But while it is tempting to add some more RAM your PC, there is inevitably also a limit to how much your PC actually needs. I’ve found that opinions vary greatly. Many Windows 7 users feel that memory bottlenecks cease to be problem at around 4GB. Most self respecting power users however are not content without 16GB. One fly in the ointment of course, is software. 32-bit operating systems are inherently limited to an absolute max of 4GB memory (you may only see 3.25GB), so it’s only those of us that are enjoying the 64-bit revolution that can explore the realms 4GB of RAM and beyond. Then of course it comes down to what you do with your PC. Applications that manipulate large cumbersome data sets will need a far larger memory footprint, while HD video and photo editing suites can indeed hog a whole lot of memory.

To help us get to a clearer picture of RAM usage, we’ve decided to ask the experts, which of course is you - the GIGABTE fans who read our blog and follow us on Facebook each day.

Please go to our fan page and tell us what you use in your rig. And don’t forget to give us a ‘like’ if you haven’t already.

Facebook RAM Survey.

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