I’ve contrasted 15 various RAM setups in the exact very same gaming laptop computer in 11 different video games to help you find out which RAM is the most effective for gaming! All testing has actually been done with the Lenovo Myriad 5 pc gaming laptop. I selected this due to the fact that it’s a great mid-range option with Ryzen 7 5800H processor as well as Nvidia RTX 3060 graphics. Together with the supply RAM that featured the Legion as well as my own set of Critical memory, all testing has actually been done utilizing a number of memory from TeamGroup. They offered me with an 8 job package, 2 16 job kits with different timings, and also 32 gig as well as 64 job packages. TeamGroup additionally sent out over their MP34Q, a 4TB M. 2 NVMe SSD which was frantically required in order to fit all of my game sets up for this testing. Making use of every one of that memory, these are the 15 different memory arrangements that have been checked. Now I can just fit so much text on the display in the upcoming graphs, so I initially require to explain what whatever here means initial. The initial number is the complete quantity of memory capacity mounted in the system, so overall dimension in gigabytes. Afterwards I’ve noted either DC for dual network, or SC for solitary network. Basically twin network just suggests 2 sticks of memory set up in the laptop while solitary network means only one stick mounted with the second port empty. Next we’ve got the speed that the memory ran at, so either DDR4-3200 or DDR4-2666
depending on the configuration, complied with by the timings, which are either CL22 or CL19. In the brackets I’ve obtained information regarding the private sticks themselves, including the sizes of both sticks first complied with by info about ranks. 1R indicates single rank as well as 2R means double rank, essentially dual rank memory is far better than solitary ranking memory. Hereafter we’ve obtained details on the financial institution teams, either x8 or x16, as well as primarily x8 is much better than x16, so there are absolutely numerous different elements that will affect outcomes. It’s worth noting the memory performing at CL19 was actually with a DDR4-3200 CL16 stick, however my laptop does not sustain XMP which is required to make use of that, which is why it rather ran at DDR4-2666 CL19 by default, so we still obtain lower timings however at the expense of reduced rates. This is an example of what can take place if you buy memory with low timings that needs XMP if your laptop does not support it. In the very first 11 upcoming games that we’re mosting likely to check out I’ve checked this laptop with optimus made it possible for, regardless of the Legion 5 having a MUX button, and this is due to the fact that I believe it finest represents most other gaming laptop computers. Currently it is necessary to note that with optimus allowed, 2 jobs of the memory will be dedicated for the integrated graphics. Primarily that 2 gig simply obtains scheduled for the iGPU, so if claim you have 8 jobs of RAM set
up in this AMD laptop computer after that you just get 6 jobs of usable memory. So due to the fact that the integrated graphics are actually depending on the system memory, I’m anticipating the results with optimus on be a bit various contrasted to optimus off, which is why we’ll also compare a video game with optimus on and also off a little bit later. Alright I think that’s adequate explanation, let’s enter the video game benchmarks. Now results can differ a fair bit depending on the details game, so also if all my graphs do obtain a bit boring shot not to just miss throughout, there’s a lot of crucial details in there. Let’s start with Watch Dogs Legion, which was tested with the game’s criteria. There’s a great deal of information below, but I have actually arranged it by typical FPS with the very best results up the leading as well as the least expensive results down all-time low. The most essential point to takeaway is that the ideal outcome is reaching an 80% greater typical framework price contrasted to the last result, which is sort of insane when you consider it. All examinations were run in actually the exact very same laptop, we’re just seeing how different sticks of memory can impact the results. The worst outcome is with a 16 job stick in single network. Our various other two solitary network results were performing far better, which have to be due to the fact that they’re also dual ranking. I do not assume the FPS distinction is down to the size of the sticks, since the 8 gig stick is
actually getting to higher frame rate than the 32 and also 16 job sticks, so I would certainly anticipate the 16 job stay with do far better if it was likewise dual rank like the others. Also the 16 job stick still has x8 financial institutions, so I ‘d anticipate an x16 stick in solitary network to possibly do even worse. I discovered it intriguing that the very best outcome was from an 8 +8 arrangement, so 16 gigs total. Sure we’ve obtained dual ranking x8 memory which behaves, however it’s in advance of the 64gb kit simply listed below it, which has the same rate, timings as well as financial institutions, just more capability. I’m not precisely certain why the 16 gig setup is greater, but it clearly reveals that video games care about greater than simply total amount of memory capacity. Simply listed below that there’s the 32 job outcome, though the 16 job sticks are solitary rank, so I presume the top 2 results are ahead due to them being twin rank. I located it interesting that the 8 plus 8 setup that contained an x8 and also x16 stick had significantly lower 1% lows contrasted to most other results, so perhaps blending these together isn’t the ideal. Far Cry 6 was additionally tested with the video game’s benchmark, and also is our very first title where the 4 plus 4 setup down all-time low wasn’t even able to run the video game just because of not having sufficient space. Once more this was evaluated with optimus allowed, so 2 jobs were assigned to the integrated graphics immediately, so essentially if you have an optimus laptop computer, 8 jobs of memory will merely protect against some games from even
opening at all. Obviously this isn’t constantly the case though, as our solitary network 8 job stick worked great, so the 2 4 job sticks seem to have an issue. Once more the 3 single channel outcomes were all at the bottom of the chart, with the most awful being the 16 job stick because it’s solitary rank and not double rank like the other 2. Surprisingly the 40 job setup was on the reduced side right here too, despite both sticks being dual rank x8 memory. I wasn’t expecting this, probably having the total capability of both memory sticks varying to such a big level negatively hurts efficiency. The most effective outcome right here was once again the 8 plus 8 dual rank x8 setup, however this moment the 64 gig kit was a couple of areas lower, regardless of likewise being twin ranking x8 sticks. I found it interesting that the second ideal outcome was with single rank memory, no double rank in any way in this configuration yet still the second ideal frame price in this video game. Out of the various other 8 plus 8 configurations, interestingly the DDR4-2666 one yet with lower CL19 timings was in advance of the 2 DDR4-3200 CL22 ones. Both reduced outcomes each included x16 memory though, so I’m guessing this is why they’re reduced, and also while we’re just talking regarding a couple of FPS distinction in ordinary frame rate, the distinctions to the 1% lows were a little bigger. It’s not all big distinctions though, take Cyberpunk 2077 for instance, where we’re only seeing a 4 FPS difference between the ideal and worst situation. Some games similar to this are mosting likely to be GPU bound, so the RAM difference will not matter anywhere near as high as others. I really did not make use of max setups for this game, yet despite high settings we’re not actually seeing a huge modification. The single network outcomes were still the most affordable, with that said 40 gig mix still close by, as well as the 16 gig dual ranking x8 was still providing us the most effective results, so similar tale as the previous games, just that the degree of the difference is smaller sized. The differences in Darkness of
the Tomb Raider were back to being relatively large, with the top outcome reaching a 38% higher ordinary framework rate than the bottom outcome. Certain it’s no 80% like we saw in Watch Dogs Legion, but this is still pretty considerable from a part most individuals don’t even provide any believed to when buying a laptop computer. Once more the solitary channel results are on the reduced side, which 40 job setup also. The 8 plus 8 with x16 sticks were pretty low as well, which makes sense, I’ve displayed in other videos that this game can see large differences in between x8 and x16 memory. Regardless of that, if we pair an x8 as well as x16 stick together the results were really rather respectable contrasted to others, however the ideal outcomes originated from the twin ranking x8 setups at the top one more time. I was interested in seeing exactly how CS: GO managed various RAM configurations as it normally depends much more on processor performance. Once again those solitary network outcomes and also the 40 job one were all the most affordable around 200 FPS, with all other results going to the very least 20 FPS higher, however the 1% lows were basically the same no matter. Once more the 8 plus 8 dual rank x8 combination was at the top, while the 32 plus 32 set that was or else the same was slightly reduced. Remarkably the 16 plus 16 kit remained in between, regardless of that
one being single ranking memory, so I think in this game twin ranking and single rank doesn’t matter excessive, or a minimum of not with x8 memory financial institutions. Assassin’s Creed Valhalla was tested with the game’s benchmark, and is one more video game where the 4 plus 4 job configuration didn’t even load up the game. Otherwise usually talking the single channel outcomes are once again down the bottom, but surprisingly the 2nd place utilizes both solitary rank and additionally x16 memory in one of the slots, granted most of these differences are 1 to 2 FPS apart which is margin of error, so it’s tough to attract as strong verdicts from this one. Red Dead Redemption 2 was also checked with the video game’s benchmark. Like Shadow of the Tomb Raider, this is another game I have actually located where x16 memory banks normally do noticeably worse, which is most likely why the 8 plus 8 single ranking x16 setup is in the second least expensive area. Also the solitary channel but dual rank outcomes were in advance. Again though the best outcome is 8 plus 8 double rank x8. Rainbow 6 Siege was examined with the video game’s benchmark again, and was an additional where 4 +4 jobs had not been sufficient to run the game effectively. Like most others, the single channel results as well as 32 plus 8 config were or else near the bottom. When much more, the very best 2 results are the double ranking plus x8 sticks. Capability does not seem to matter a whole lot as soon as you’ve accessed least 16 job as well as can in fact open the video game. Well, 16 gig in twin network that is. F1 2021 was tested with the video game’s criteria too. We’re able to improve typical FPS by 30 frames or regarding
24% from our worst memory configuration down all-time low to the best on top. This is one more of minority where the largest memory package was in the lead, as well as while the 3rd area is additionally dual ranking and x8, the set above it was doing better in spite of being solitary rank, probably as a result of the lower timings, yet regardless of the lower DDR4-2666 rate. The 24 job arrangement wasn’t regrettable, I tested this to kind of stand for a laptop with 16 gigs of memory soldered to the motherboard but you go to embed a decent 8 gig stick. Microsoft Flight Simulator was tested in the Sydney landing difficulty. We’ve only got extremely minor differences right here so I’m going to speed up, but do not hesitate to stop the video if you desire to evaluate the outcomes. Control is a GPU heavy game, also at medium settings. There’s basically no functional difference right here between the bottom and also leading outcome, just 3 FPS, best of luck differentiating that while actually playing. Despite the small distinctions though, the basic trends that we have actually discovered up until now stay. Alright now we’re mosting likely to check out the typical results of all 11 games and also attract some verdicts. This is most likely the most fundamental part of the video clip, so if you were asleep it’s time to awaken! Below are the structure rates for each arrangement if we take the average of all 11 games tested.
Now the 4 plus 4 arrangement down the base was by much the most affordable, nonetheless don’t neglect that 3 of the games didn’t run at all with it. I have actually counted those as absolutely no scores, so my standard below is in fact reduced than it would be if we only took right into account games that ran. I believe that’s fair because not being able to run a game at all is a rather large fall short. To be reasonable, in some video games the 4 plus 4 config did do quite well, I suggest it’s double network x8 memory, not bad, yet the complete capacity size is plainly an issue sometimes. I ought to keep in mind that the 8 job solitary channel examination still ran all the video games great though, which leads me to think the actual problem is a mix of 2 4 gig sticks, it’s not as simple as saying that 8 gigs of complete capacity isn’t enough. Making use of a solitary 8 gig stick compared to two 4 job sticks isn’t a fantastic option though, since normally talking single network efficiency, or any time we used just one stick of memory, was reduced contrasted to a lot of others. It’s still possible to improve single network performance with dual ranking memory, as double ranking is better than single rank, but yeah essentially these results reveal that for optimal performance, you’ll intend to keep away from just using one stick of memory in single channel. The results likewise appear to show keeping away from weird capacity mixes. Take the 32 gig plus 8 gig choice for instance, although this offers us 40 jobs of memory in overall, which seems excellent, it was constantly one of the slower outcomes, regardless of both sticks being dual rank x8 memory. Individually these sticks are excellent, in reality if they’re each
coupled with the same dimension stick in both ports we obtain the most effective performance on top of the chart, yet integrating one of each with each other continually offers even worse efficiency. The 32 plus 16 gig arrangement was typically better. This gives us 48 gigs of complete ability regardless of the 16 gig stick being single ranking, yet it still outshined the 8 plus 32 mix. Surprisingly the 16 plus 8 mix did also better still, so the verdict I can draw from this is that if you’re going to mismatch memory capacity sizes, the larger the distinction the even worse the performance. I assume we can additionally state that while double rank is better than single rank, contrasted to the other distinctions outlined up until now it appears to mainly be crowning achievement – an incentive. The 3rd area outcome is just slightly below the two above with the primary distinction being that we’re making use of solitary rank rather than twin ranking. Yeah the capabilities are different, yet we’ve currently seen that this generally has the smallest distinction in terms of pc gaming efficiency when you have actually got 16 gigs in double channel. Currently if we simply contrast all 5 16 job double channel outcomes, the most awful was the one with 2 x16 sticks coupled with each other. The next 2 outcomes were really close together, and also both still had one of the sticks with x16 banks. The various other sticks were solitary rank or twin rank, however remarkably the twin rank one was the somewhat reduced result, however once more it’s close, so I believe this assists more highlight that x8 and x16 memory financial institution teams are more vital than double ranking or single rank. After that the 16 gig kit with reduced timings running at CL19 was
reaching higher typical FPS, despite it going for the slower DDR4-2666 rate, so simply mosts likely to reveal that timings are essential too, also if at the cost of rate. It would certainly have been great if these really performed at the marketed DDR4-3200 CL16 speeds, yet regrettably my laptop does not have XMP support, the majority of do not, so see out for that catch when acquiring memory. The only other 16 gig result that was ahead was the one at the top, which utilized twin ranking x8 sticks in both slots. Some of the distinctions were extremely unexpected. Sure RAM isn’t specifically inexpensive, yet sometimes it’s mosting likely to be way more affordable to update the memory contrasted to updating the 3060 to state a 3070 or a 3080, and in lots of situations the less costly RAM upgrade will most likely offer you a larger increase compared to visit a higher tier GPU. Far we’ve just looked at how games execute with optimus enabled, so currently allow’s disable it and also see what the distinctions are. I have actually used Shadow of the Burial Place Raider for this screening, as well as this graph is sorted by the light purple bars, which are the optimus on results. We can see that all memory arrangements are obtaining a speed increase with optimus off in the darker purple bars. Below coincide outcomes but rather sorting by the optimus off results, as that might much better help you see the
differences. These are the improvements to average frame rate in this video game that are possible by disabling optimus as a portion. The most effective results on top are from our single network memory results, which would indicate that the very best way to improve performance of solitary network memory is to not use the iGPU in all, obviously assuming you can’t simply include a second stick. As we just saw, the single network results were still on the lower side also with optimus off, yet the act of transforming optimus off increased these results the a lot of. Actually the results that saw the smallest gains from shutting off optimus were the memory configurations that were typically executing the very best currently. There are most definitely still gains, simply not as big. Beyond gaming, the Aida64 memory criteria was additionally run on all of these memory configurations. In terms of memory checked out rate, well what we’re seeing here kind of lines up with what we were seeing in the games. The memory write rate was the very same, at the very least as far as the buying of the results goes from finest to worst. Memory latency gets slower with the much better carrying out memory configurations. To sum up, in order of importance, the very first thing you’re going to desire to do is to make certain that you’re running with twin channel memory, so two sticks installed instead of one, as this typically provides you the greatest improvement. At least as far as DDR4 goes, I’m uncertain how DDR5 will certainly go next generation yet, however make certain you’re subscribed for every one of my forthcoming DDR5 screening. Alright so if you are wanting to include a 2nd stick for double network memory, it appears that the very best option is to select one that coincides dimension ability. In some cases like if we’re making use of an 8 as well as 16 gig stick or 16 as well as 32 jobs there’s not that big of a difference, yet at the extremes with like an 8 and a 32 job stick the
distinctions might be fairly large. So currently preferably you’re shopping for 2 sticks of memory that are the exact same capability. After that searching for memory that sustains lower timings will help. You can naturally run 2 various sticks with different timings as I have actually shown, it’s simply that if they have various timings and also various rates they’ll go for the cheapest that both sticks support. So you could obtain some unexpected behaviour if you haven’t fully check out all the specs on the RAM sticks, and also try not to get caught out acquiring pricey memory that needs XMP in order to really strike the reduced timings, because in the majority of laptops like this one, you will not be able to use it at its full capability. You’ll require a laptop with a fully opened biographies that supports that, and I think if you understand what that is then you most likely know what you’re finishing with regards to RAM anyhow. Successive ideally you’re mosting likely to desire the memory to make use of x8 banks rather than x16, as this is just an additional speed boost, and also when all those things have been taken into consideration just then would I take into consideration the difference between single ranking as well as double ranking memory. Yeah twin ranking was definitely much better, yet in numerous cases when all those various other points pointed out for were factored in initial I didn’t find solitary and dual rank to make that huge of a distinction. Obviously it would
certainly have been far better if I had much more memory arrangements to examine for this video, however truthfully I believe 15 is kind of sufficient, and also offered it takes regarding a full day to examine all 11 video games with 1 arrangement, that implies this video took at the very least 15 days simply to do the video game screening. So it was an extreme quantity of job, and my companion actually did all of the screening, so substantial many thanks to her. I’m not actually certain if she enjoys the whole video clip, so I think I’ll find out. Anyhow there’s way more to picking a video gaming laptop than simply the memory, though that is a vital part as we’ve simply seen. You can have a look at the most effective gaming laptops that I’ve evaluated all year in these video clips following. I have actually covered the leading 5 finest and worst laptops in this video clip as well as likewise provided honors in 17 different categories to various gaming laptop computers below, so I’ll see you in one of those next.