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Does Memory Speed Affect Gaming Performance; An Intel Question

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Memory V.S Gaming Testing:

Let's crank up the resolution! The NVIDIA GTX 1070 with 8GB of video memory and a Pascal GPU can handle 2K like butter. This article does have some flaws, but I had to use what was available to me, and I do not own a 4k monitor or a more powerful video card. The question continues with memory being the main focus. It should be less apparent that memory speeds matter as other system bottlenecks creep up because of the increased game resolution.


Metro 2033: Redux:

Only a year old and the GTX 1070 is showing its age, time to upgrade! All jokes aside, the average frame rate was so close, it seems memory speeds have less of a performance impact when running 1440p. However, you can clearly see the max frame rate skyrocketing with faster memory. That peak must not have been very long since the overall average is unaffected by the frame rate increase.



Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War III:

I'm starting to see a pattern here. The average is still within a 3% margin and for the most part minimum and maximum frame could be interchanged without second guessing the results. Don't let this get to your head. It looks like once again part of the system is a bottleneck and it is not the memory.



Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Wildlands

GR:W provides information about other system resources, revealing that the video card is the bottleneck as it is pegged at 99% while other components sit idle. Lets move on to the DDR3 setup and see what type of performance decrease (if any) happens.


  1. Memory V.S Gaming: Introduction & Setup
  2. Memory V.S Gaming Testing: DDR4 1920 x 1080
  3. Memory V.S Gaming Testing: DDR4 2560 x 1440
  4. Memory V.S Gaming Testing: DDR3 1920 x 1080
  5. Memory V.S Gaming Testing: DDR3 2560 x 1440
  6. Memory V.S Gaming: Conclusion
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