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RAM AND GRAPHIC SETTINGS

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by greenbrucelee, Dec 4, 2007.

  1. greenbrucelee
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    I had 1GB RAM installed and my graphics card which is an 8600GT 256MB so I was running most games at medium level apart from BIOSHOCK which I had to run at a custom setting which was quite low.

    I have just installed an extra 2GB RAM making 3GB total, would this allow me to use higher settings in games? or will the RAM just eliminate slow down in games?
     
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    Graphics allow you to have higher settings in games. More RAM may make the game run smoother.

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    Depends on where your bottleneck is. If you're running out of memory (RAM on motherboard), the computer will use hard disk space to simulate RAM, which will slow your computer down. But if your video card can't handle the graphic detail thrown at it, that'll be your bottleneck. An 800x600 resolution requires fewer pixels to be thrown at the video card than 1024x768, or 1280x1024, or 1600x1200, but you get less details with fewer pixels.

    Try Bioshock out with your 3GB and higher detail settings. If that doesn't help much, then RAM was probably not your bottleneck.
     
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    BIOSHOCK would freeze at 1024 x 768 with High and medium settings when I had 1GB, I havent had time to try it with any new settings with the 3GB yet. When it was with 1GB I was running it at 800 x 600 and low custom settings with most options switched off like V-sync and shadows.
     
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    If I had Bioshock, I'd try it out on my 2GB RAM + X850 XT to see how well it plays to give you something to compare it to. Unfortunately I don't - I don't buy any games at full retail.
     
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    I take it you get it cheaper because of contacts or do you torrent :twisted: (only joking)
     
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    I wait for it to go on sale, then I grab it. :)

    Torrents... pffft. If it's worth playin', it's worth buyin'. :)
     
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    i take it you've tried updating all you drivers ?

    in that case it's time to tweak your system, if done well enough should get you a few frames increase 8)

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