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My old machine is running P3D 4.5 very well at the moment but I can't help but wonder if I increased the 8gb ram to 16 or 32 if it would help scenery loading? (primarily ORBX) I have 4 ram slots with 2 slots currently filled with GSKILL Ripjaws V 8GB (4GBx2). I would like to keep the budget to under $100 if possible and supplement the two 4gb cards with two more identical ram cards.

I'm not the sharpest guy when it comes to computer internals so is this a wise, viable plan, or is there a better way to spend the money I have budgeted?

Win7 Pro 64

·  CPU: Intel® Core™ Processor i7-6700K 4.00GHZ 8MB Intel Smart Cache LGA1151 (Skylake)

·  CPU / Processor Cooling Fan: Corsair Hydro Series H60 120mm Liquid CPU Cooling System

·  Motherboard: ASUS Z170-K ATX

·  RAM / System Memory: 8GB (4GBx2) DDR4/3000MHz Dual Channel Memory

·  Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 4GB GDDR5 PCIe 3.0 x16 (Maxwell)

·  Power Supply: 600 Watts - EVGA 600B 80 PLUS BRONZE Power Supply

·  Hard Drive: 512GB Samsung 850 PRO Series SATA-III 6.0Gb/s SSD

 

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If you can find the same ram you could add 2 more sticks. But if not for probably under $100 you can get 16GB / 3600mhz ram and just sell the old stuff.

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@mslim

Hello

Your PC isn't old, it's still good, I recommend the following:

If you want to get better performance on the scenery load use an M2 SSD , which have higher speed than SATA SSD , minimum 1TB. However, if your MOBO doesn't support M2 SSD, use a SATA SSD.

And also use an exclusive SSD for flight simulation or P3D, do not share it with other applications, ie, word, excel, w10 etc ...

On the other hand, I think P3D will take better advantage of the RAM if you use a dual channel configuration 2x8Gb= 16GB, instead of 4x4Gb.

The performance increase of 4x4Gb over 2x8Gb will not be important, you get better results with 2x8Gb.

And make sure that the ram is compatible with your MOBO and CPU, check the QVL of your MOBO.

I think you're going to need a bigger budget.

Greetings

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Posted (edited)

Not sure I'd spend much time searching for an additonal two sticks of matching RAM... could lead to some real headaches if the new sticks don't play well with the old.  RAM is rather inexpensive these days, and per ASUS's QVL your motherboard can handle up to 3466MHz speed memory (though the choices aren't great at that speed).  Here is 16GB of Corsair 3200MHz/CAS16 on sale at NewEgg.  And the price is sweet too... 👍

https://www.newegg.com/corsair-16gb-288-pin-ddr4-sdram/p/N82E16820233859?Description=cmk16gx4m2b3200c16&cm_re=cmk16gx4m2b3200c16-_-20-233-859-_-Product

Good luck with your upgarde!

Greg

 

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I ran on 8 gigs until last year and found the upgrade to 16 gigs improved the sim experience in terms of overall fluidity and loading times. Yesterday I installed 32 gigs (identical speed and latency settings to my 16 gig kit) and found no improvement whatsoever, and the sim (P3D5) and windows generally are using less then 16 gigs.
 

Conclusion:

I’d recommend a fast (3200 or better) set of 2 x 8 gig as the best bang for your buck. 

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Just to add to my point above: this is true for P3D only.  Not sure about X-Plane but I note that Asobo recommend 32gb for MS2020, so they situation may be different there. 


Formally screen name was Alex_YSSY until the forum software ate my account  ^_^

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