16gb ram vs 32gb ram Upgrade

Discussion in 'Hardware Components and Aftermarket Upgrades' started by Drew1, Sep 25, 2020.

  1. Starlight5

    Starlight5 Yes, I'm a cat. What else is there to say, really?

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    I honestly don't remember, last time I decrypted an SSD was years ago. Recently decrypted an SSHD on my home server by mistake, now that took hours - but with SSD, it should be much faster...
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    Would you say upgrade to max 32gb ram or stick with 16gb ram?
     
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    Starlight5 Yes, I'm a cat. What else is there to say, really?

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    @Drew1 I personally would grab a single 16GB stick to replace one of your 4GB ones. If I felt 20GB wasn't enough for me, I'd grab another 16GB for 32GB total.
     
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    But isnt that not good ideas you are mixing different gb of ram?
     
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    Starlight5 Yes, I'm a cat. What else is there to say, really?

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    Nah, it's OK. And when upgrading, it often makes more sense financially.

    With 4GB + 16GB sticks, you end up with asynchronous dual channel mode. 8GB will work as dual channel, and 12GB as single channel. In most tasks, performance difference between dual channel and single channel RAM is 1-2%, something you won't ever notice in everyday life, and that will be overshadowed by gains from larger RAM capacity if you push it. Only iGPU really benefits from dual channel RAM - but it will use dual channel portion of RAM in your scenario, most likely at all times, and IIRC your 9550 has dGPU so you shouldn't be concerned at all.
     
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    Well theres no harm in maxing ram right? Like no one goes... i wished i didnt paid more for the max ram?


    Like if i max the ram, it would be good for another 5 years at least right... but if i dont max it , then it might have some issues a few years later?
     
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    @Drew1

    Depends on whether the rest of the hardware lasts that long as well. If your board fries or something then it's a loss either way. Pay now or pay later... Weigh the benefits of the extra $ for a smoother experience. On the flip side if your next system you own takes the same DDRx version you can port it over and keep using the ram for that system. I don't see DDR5 being prevalent for a couple of years but, it's possible.

    Of all of the past systems I've owned over the last 5-10 years have been at least 16gb until this most recent one I just upgraded to 32gb because the price was reasonable and less than prior upgrades.
     
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    16GBs of RAM is enough for now depending on the tasks you do but RAM is cheap these days and prices are expected to drop some more near the holidays. You can easily find 32GBs DDR4 RAM kits for around $100+ on Amazon, Newegg and other sites if you still want to max it out.
     
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    16GB is the sweet spot right now for regular gaming/use especially when you have programs like *cough* chrome *cough* that eat up a lot of ram.

    32GB is if you can get a kit for cheap or you dont want to worry about "running out of ram"

    If you want speed or tweaking then go for any Samsung b-die kit, I bought some cheap gskills for my desktop but for my laptop I got some unbranded Samsung ones just 2x 16GB and have them running on my laptop 3200CL18, granted I can tweak it up lower but just have been lazy to go further as my 2x 8GB c-die kits did the same timings that came with my GS65.

    The only time 32GB did help me was maxing out unoptimized games like FFXV maxed out 1440p that used up 8GB of vram (2080Super) and then additional 16-17GB of system ram, this could have been alleviated by lowering the settings that is made for 6-8GB> cards or 4GB> cards, when I cranked up the settings it used a ton of system ram but prior to that I would get game crashes or reboots because if the game couldnt get anymore vram or system ram it would try to use more page files etc....
     
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    Starlight5 Yes, I'm a cat. What else is there to say, really?

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    Your RAM needs depend on your workflow. Even if you completely max out RAM (which is 64GB for your machine, by the way), in time you might end up disappointed by other components e.g. CPU or GPU.

    I wouldn't invest much in this XPS if I were you. You care about security, and this machine has architectural flaws that make it vulnerable. Over time it will only become less secure. I'd get a Tiger Lake (only with TME!) or a Ryzen Pro machine, if I were you.

    @Drew1 's laptop BIOS is locked down, he won't be able to tweak RAM and it will run at 2133MHz unless @Drew1 finds someone to mod it...
     
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