Corsair has recently relived Benchmarks featuring Haswell before the incoming debut of DDR4 to drive home the importance of good RAM for gaming.
After the Hynix fire RAM Prices are through the roof... doesnt bode so well for Gamers lol.
Yeah RAM could could boost performance of gaming, I'll just wait for DDR4
APU and Integrated graphics benefit from faster RAM the most, since they generally have no dedicated graphics RAM, and the faster the RAM the better the performance. DDR4 should improve their performance even more, but more than likely you'll need a new motherboard, and probably a new processor to take advantage of the benefits for an APU or IG. Otherwise DDR4 will be better than DDR3, but generally not a HUGE improvement over DDR3 for normal graphics cards (although it should help with loading, and other tasks). However, DDR4 is suppose to be a bit expensive at launch, and considering 8GB of RAM is going for around $60 - $70 for DDR3 1600, I'm expecting DDR4 to be closer to $80 - $100.
Xbone has DDR3 1600MHz doesn't it?
I've got my ASUS Z7 mobo, i7 2600k OC'd to 4.0, and 16GB of Corsair Vengeance 1866 OC'd, with a new Gigabyte 780/3GB card on the way ....so I'll be fine. No games in the next few years will make my rig sweat much, if at all. Hell, even with my 660ti, I'm running 1080p/60-85fps on everything I play, max settings.
That's not much a boost though.. a boost yes but not huge. Things have stagnated for years, my i7 920 cpu is still up there with the best cpu's for gaming if paired with a good GPU. Personally i'm not gonna build a new rig until Intel Skylake next year, it's the only upgrade path worth going with because of the Sata Express more than anything and affordable 6 core and lower priced 8 core CPU, but when i do go with that i'll make sure i get at least 16gb of that DDR4 goodness, not that i'd need anywhere near that much.
Your CPU will probably remain capable for a good while yet, because the next gen consoles have established a very very low baseline CPU for games to be designed around. Which is a shame, but it is what it is. I have an i7-3820 @4.4ghz, 16gb quad channel DDR3 at 2133mhz, and two R9 290s. I currently push framerates at about 3x the refresh rate of my TV. Why? I don't know. I like it though.
Gonna need a new set up for this, im using ddr2 right now :/ but still get 60fps and 1080p in alot of a games, so im happy... for now.
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