While 8GB of RAM is enough from gaming – if you’re live streaming or like to have multiple applications open while gaming, 16GB is preferred. Everything beyond that is excessive.
Although a lot of games work perfectly fine with only 4GB of RAM, some particularly demanding games will require more for a smooth performance. Moreover, with 4GB of RAM, you will still run into issues while having many tabs opened in your browser, for instance. You can also forget about gaming and web surfing or multi-tasking simultaneously with just 4GB.
Inserting an additional 4GB stick solves this problem thus allowing you to run even the latest games without any issues. Other activities such as multitasking will also become much smoother. So, is there really any need to go for 16GB, or even more?
First of all, getting anything over 16GB is an overkill and you won’t see any improvement in your PC performance unless you’re video editing, designing, 3D modeling, etc.
8GB vs 16GB
When comparing 8GB vs 16GB solely in gaming performance, there’s a really tiny and unnoticeable improvement, we’re talking less than 1 FPS (Frame Per Second). However, if you’re playing demanding games while streaming, web surfing, and listening to the music, 16GB will ensure an overall smoother performance as opposed to 8GB.
So, if you already have 8GB of RAM in your current PC build, we suggest investing the money you would have spent on the extra 8GB, on something else such as a better GPU, CPU, or an SSD for a more visible performance improvement. The fact that the prices of RAM have been increasing for a while also makes upgrading to 16GB hardly worth it.
If you have the money, go for 16GB RAM as you’ll future-proof your PC and have a smoother performance with heavy multi-tasking.
Some motherboards support dual or quad channel memory platform. In this case, if you are going with 8GB of RAM, you want to get a kit with 2x 4GB sticks which will allow for the dual channel support and give you up to 10% better performance than a single 8GB stick.
For more information about RAM as well as the best RAM deals currently available, head over to our RAM buying guide.