How Fast?- Ram reviews are not the most interesting stuff to read or write but in this review will try to answer some more fundamental questions and understand how RAM can impact the overall performance of your PC.
Whether you are a gamer or a not, if you use your PC for video editing with software like Adobe premier Pro or After Effects or for image manipulation with Photoshop or Adobe illustrator we have you covered. Some insights on how much a better ram, improves your productivity in day to day things. Also Does DDR4 high speed ram makes a difference in gaming.
In this review we will cover and compare, Performance benchmark of 16 GB DDR4 Ram (Clocked 3200 MHz Vs an 8 GB RAM and a slower clocked 16 GB Ram at 2133 MHz. Also will look how to install the RAM correctly to ensure it works in Dual Channel rather than a single channel.
Single Channel installation can have a slight impact on the performance when compared to the Dual Channel configuration. In layman words if you need 16 GB of RAM better buy two 8 GB sticks rather than buying a single 16 GB stick.
3 Important Questions I would try to answer in this review :
- Should you buy 16 GB RAM or 8 GB RAM for Gaming, Photoshop, General tasks, Video editing.
- Single Channel Ram performance Vs a Dual Channel RAM performance
- Performance difference between 2133 MHz RAM and the 3200 MHz RAM.
But before that lets do the un-boxing and understand the basic Specs for our G.Skill DDR4 RAM (3200 MHz).
UN-BOXING G.Skill DDR4 RAM
Un-boxing – The RAM we got has 2 Sticks , with each stick of 8 GB capacity and we can add these DDR4 Ram to our Z170 or a X99 motherboard. The RAM comes in neat and basic packaging.
Design – The Trident Z RAM looks aggressive and true gaming Ram with the Red and Matte Grey finish. The Fins or the heat sink which is meant for heat dissipation also carry the sharp looks and has broad surface to keep the ram cooler.
The design and build quality is top notch for the Ram and looks sturdy and robustly built. I was bit of worried if it will fit along with our large Hyper 212X cooler but it did easily.
Key Specs G Skills RAM
- Clock Speed 3200 MHz
- Capacity – 16 GB (2*8)
- Supports Intel XMP 2.0
- Low Latency – 16-18-18-38-2N
- Voltage – 1.35 V
- 288-pin UDIMM
- Height – 44 mm
- Made in Taiwan
- Life time Warranty
- Ideal for Gaming PC or Video Editing (After Effects) and Adobe Photoshop work
- Price – $92 or Rs. 9000
DDR4 RAM Installation the Right Way
Review G Skills DDR4 3200 MHz RAM TridentZ : Let’s Get to the Installation – You will need to install the RAM in Dual Channel Configuration as we have 2 sticks. It is best you can check the Manual for your motherboard and that looks daunting you can always insert one Ram on a slot then leave one slot empty and add another stick in the 3rd slot. In some boards it will work and in some boards you may not have to leave the empty slot.
In case of Gigabyte you have to leave a slot empty and that’s all about installation.
Installation of RAM – 3 Important things:
1). Check that the securing clip on the board has fastened the ram properly, you will usually hear a click sound when it closes.
2). Download and install CPU Z you will see that the RAM is in Dual Configuration.
3). Go to Bios and check if the RAM is set to highest frequency and Intel XMP profile is enabled, in our case by default the Ram was on 2133 MHz, enabling the XMP profile automatically raised the clock to 3200 MHz. Make sure that you are getting the speed for which you have paid for.
So that’s all the care you need to take while installing the RAM.
Trouble shooting Ram Install issues – If you get a beep sound while installing the RAM, it is likely that you have added the RAM to a wrong slot or you have not mounted it properly. Also be careful about not pushing it too hard on the motherboard can cause damage to dim pins.
Our TEST Gaming Rig Specs
- Intel Core i7 Skylake 6th Gen 6700 K Clocked @ 4.2 GHz .
- 16 GB G.Skill DDR4 RAM clocked at 3200 MHz.
- Cooler Master Hyper 212 X Processor Cooler .
- Gigabyte Z170 Gaming X Series 7 Motherboard.
- Samsung Evo SSD 128 GB and 1 TB HDD Seagate.
- Haf 912 Cooler Master Cabinet.
- Dell FHD Monitor 1080P
- Cooler master 650 Watts Bronze PSU
- GPU – AMD R9 280
- Latest Radeon Drivers
TEST Methodology – Important
Now we will compare 8 GB RAM performance Vs 16 GB, we simply removed one of the stick to do the benchmarks and it also gives you an ideal of Single Channel 8 GB performance Vs a 16 GB Dual Channel performance.
Second thing we did was to benchmark the Performance difference between 2133 MHz RAM and the 3200 MHz RAM. I simply disabled the XMP profile and set the RAM speed to 2133 before doing the benchmarks once again. (Yes it is painful and time consuming, but we discovered some good insights).
Benchmark and Performance
Windows 10 Boot Time
Windows 10 Shut Down Time
Synthetic Benchmark – Passmark Performance
Let’s Move to Synthetic benchmark performance – We downloaded a free utility Passmark which helps with testing of Ram Write Speed, Read Speed and Latency.
Real World Benchmark Performance
Let’s Move to Some real world benchmarks , synthetic benchmarks does provide good numbers and tell it is fast but can’t quantify in actual day to day performance gains.
Adobe Premier PRO – Editing a Video in Adobe Premier Pro and rendering the Output
Photoshop – Editing a very large Image 6000 px and Saving it for Web
Compression and De-compression
Compressing a File Using Win RAR – Our File was 450 MB and had 40,000 files and folders in it.
De-Compressing the Same File to see does it make a difference in real world day to day tasks.
Web performance – I didn’t noticed any difference while working in Chrome or opening closing of Office suites and programs.
Gaming Benchmark G Skills DDR4 3200 MHz RAM TridentZ
Review G Skills DDR4 3200 MHz RAM TridentZ : Now lets Get to Gaming performance – I tried the punishing title – Crysis 3 and then the battlefield 4 (which is not so punishing). There was hardly any benefit from the RAM speed or capacity. The loading speed may have improved but again games require internet and connection to origin which also impact the load time.
If you would like to see the complete installation as well as Closer look at the G Skill TridentZ DDR4 RAM – (Video Review)
Detailed Video REVIEW
Concluding Thoughts Review G Skills DDR4 3200 MHz RAM Performance Benchmark
Lets try to Answer the Questions which we thought in the beginning of the Review :
1). Should you buy 16 GB RAM or 8 GB RAM for Gaming, Photoshop, General tasks, Video editing.
As the benchmark shows you are good with even 8 GB but again if you are buying a new PC and want to do lot of other things you should consider 16 GB of course depending on your budget.
All general compression , installation of games and other tasks will be faster compared to the 8 GB RAM.
2). Single Channel Ram performance Vs a Dual Channel RAM performance ?
It makes a difference , in our test we used 16 Vs 8 GB config so the results were a bit skewed, I will carry our another round of test with a 3000 MHz Corsair RAM with 16 GB config single stick Vs the Dual Sticks to share more on this.
But as per my experience as I have been using both a slight advantage exists in using Dual Channel configuration. It is better to buy 2 sticks each 8 GB rather than buying a single 16 GB stick. It will though cost more to buy 2 sticks.
3). Performance difference between 2133 MHz RAM and the 3200 MHz RAM.
As our benchmarks clearly suggest the advantage of High speed RAM in many tasks over the lower clocked Ram. The higher we can get it is better of course keeping the budget in sight.
For gaming however there is no difference if you switch on your PC and dive into Battlefield 1 or the Witcher 3 , it is not going to amuse you spending a lot on the highest clock RAM.
I recently build a system for myself and got a Core i7 6700k and Gigabyte Gaming 7 board , and got 16 GB 3000 MHz RAM purely as I work as well as play games it feels faster and works great. If you are building a new PC get the best and fastest RAM you budget allows, If you plan to upgrade your existing PC and replace Ram for gaming purpose it may not give a desired boost in FPS.
Another Option is to get slightly higher clocked 3400 MHz G.Skill DDR4 RAM.
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