Yesterday I took one of my dusty and war-torn RAM sticks out of my PC system. I knew I would have Corsair RAM in the system, and I was pretty sure that it would be 1600 Mhz RAM but I wanted to know what type of latency the RAM would have, and the exact manufacturer’s designation. I laughed when I pulled one stick out of the system, because I realized that it would be quite difficult to put the stick back in. Mainly, because a large system fan was very close to the slot. And the CPU cooler takes a lot of space too. But I managed it to put the RAM back in, but not before I took some photos, because I used the chance because I like to take product photos, or at least I’d like to have more of these photos on my blog.
I have two Corsair 4 GB sticks on my mother board, and I actually had two more no-name sticks in it as well but only the Corsair RAM is really good. Apart from that, I do believe that both no-name sticks are faulty, which is why I took them out of the system. And here is the problem, since I did that, I only run the 2 x 4 GB Corsair sticks, which means I now do only have 8 GB in the system and I don’t like that. Since I have very good experience with Corsair, I wanted to order 2 more sticks. I decided to order 2 x 8 GB online, and that’s why I needed details about my RAM.
I wanted the exact same specifications, and I found out I have 1600Mhz CL9 RAM. I found the same as 8 GB versions, and when they arrive, I will effectively run 24 GB in my system. My problem would be solved, because I am not very happy with 8 GB. But I am used to more, which is why things feel slower now, especially loading times in some areas. I know, 24 GB is overkill and 16 GB would have been way enough, but I am foreseighted. My 2 x 4 GB sticks are quite old, how time flies, I purchased them at the end of 2012. So, in case they will die, I would still have the 2 x 8 GB that I ordered yesterday. That’s not stupid, huh? But since my board supports DDR3 RAM, I probably won’t use it for too long either, because I will upgrade to a new motherboard at some point.
But to be completely honest, the gaming industry wants people to believe that they need all the fancy new hardware, but my system was build in 2012 as said, and it still runs every games smoothly, except that I need to upgrade my RAM. Of course, there have been some changes, like a new hard drive, and I constantly switched GPU’s, but both the mainboard and CPU are old and the system still runs well with games.
Me and my friends, we often laugh when we hear about people who got all the most recent hardware while complaining in a forum that they can’t run the games with a decent FPS. Until this day we didn’t solve the riddle. We just can assume some people don’t know how to build and set up a PC, or the marketing of hardware manufacturer’s works so well that people actually believe they need to upgrade. While it’s funny, it’s probably not our problem. But I wouldn’t like to be the father of a kid that screams for more FPS. The new generation of gamers is so brainwashed by the industry, it’s funny. But my kids would probably be different, because I would teach them when it’s time to upgrade and when it’s not. And you yourself decide, not the manufacturer.