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RAM (4GB vs 8GB) Vista x64 C2D E8500
#302386 - 01/12/13 12:17 AM


Hey guys,

In a 64-bit OS (7 or Vista) running 64-bit MAME with an E8500 running stock, would there be any benefit upgrading beyond 4GB up to 8GB? It's really centered around NFL Blitz. Game plays pretty good, but has a bit of sound stutter. Wasn't sure if RAM, would help that.

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Re: RAM (4GB vs 8GB) Vista x64 C2D E8500 new [Re: yoeddy]
#302387 - 01/12/13 12:19 AM


Won't help at all. The more demanding games are all about CPU power which the latest i5 or i7 @ 3 or 4 GHz do very well






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Re: RAM (4GB vs 8GB) Vista x64 C2D E8500 new [Re: yoeddy]
#302392 - 01/12/13 01:34 AM


My PC is running Windows 7 64-bit with a quad core processor and 4GB RAM. I rarely see it use more than 2.5 GB RAM even compiling MAME.



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Re: RAM (4GB vs 8GB) Vista x64 C2D E8500 new [Re: yoeddy]
#302394 - 01/12/13 01:45 AM


> Hey guys,
>
> In a 64-bit OS (7 or Vista) running 64-bit MAME with an E8500 running stock, would
> there be any benefit upgrading beyond 4GB up to 8GB? It's really centered around NFL
> Blitz. Game plays pretty good, but has a bit of sound stutter. Wasn't sure if RAM,
> would help that.
>
> Thanks,
> Jason

No, but overclocking it will help.



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Re: RAM (4GB vs 8GB) Vista x64 C2D E8500 new [Re: Ramirez]
#302396 - 01/12/13 03:21 AM


> No, but overclocking it will help.

Exactly right. If there is decent cooling in the case than 4.2 GHz should be extremely simple. A lot of the older C2D chips have achieved that easily with only minor voltage and temp increases.






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Re: RAM (4GB vs 8GB) Vista x64 C2D E8500 new [Re: B2K24]
#302398 - 01/12/13 03:56 AM


Yeah, I had an HP elite 8000 small form factor pc given to me. Solid MAME box, but unfortunately I don't see any way to over clock it in the bios.

Jason



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Re: RAM (4GB vs 8GB) Vista x64 C2D E8500 new [Re: yoeddy]
#302402 - 01/12/13 05:09 AM


Are you using a Core2Duo optimized 64-bit MAME build? Every little bit helps.



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Re: RAM (4GB vs 8GB) Vista x64 C2D E8500 new [Re: krick]
#302409 - 01/12/13 07:14 AM


Yeah, I compile my own x64 version of MAME.

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Re: RAM (4GB vs 8GB) Vista x64 C2D E8500 new [Re: B2K24]
#302811 - 01/18/13 06:14 AM


Well, I would say make sure your ram is top quality capable of high speeds if you are going to overclock that heavy and prepare to spend a decent time investment on testing settings/trial and error/stability tests.



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Re: RAM (4GB vs 8GB) Vista x64 C2D E8500 new [Re: Smitdogg]
#302864 - 01/18/13 11:58 PM


> Well, I would say make sure your ram is top quality capable of high speeds if you are
> going to overclock that heavy and prepare to spend a decent time investment on
> testing settings/trial and error/stability tests.


Yep. Boards with limited overclocking options will typically overclock your memory as you try to increase the CPU speed, and only give you limited (or no) way to divide the memory clock back down. So you have to start with memory that will handle higher speeds. Also, depending on which memory speeds are programmed into your memory modules (SPD), you may need to manually set the memory specs if the board allows.



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