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Can and will my memory/ram bottleneck my graphics?

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Okay so I play a lot of games and i have pretty good hardware except for my ram here is a list of my main parts:

- AMD FX-8320 eight core processor 

-Nvidia GTX 1060 6GB

-8gb DDR3 from ADATA 

-760GM-P34 (FX) from msi

 

When i'm in games like Overwatch my frames are at a stable 120 when the game is calm

and then drops to 60 or below when it gets hectic (mind you all of my graphics settings in game are all on low)

I'm not too sure what is creating this problem in my fps drops but I'm thinking that its either the ram because its somewhat old

or the motherboard? Thanks for any help/responses.

 

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13 minutes ago, Momotaro_ said:

Okay so I play a lot of games and i have pretty good hardware except for my ram here is a list of my main parts:

- AMD FX-8320 eight core processor 

-Nvidia GTX 1060 6GB

-8gb DDR3 from ADATA 

-760GM-P34 (FX) from msi

 

When i'm in games like Overwatch my frames are at a stable 120 when the game is calm

and then drops to 60 or below when it gets hectic (mind you all of my graphics settings in game are all on low)

I'm not too sure what is creating this problem in my fps drops but I'm thinking that its either the ram because its somewhat old

or the motherboard? Thanks for any help/responses.

 

 

That is pointing more towards a CPU bottleneck.

Your motherboard can also be a contributor, in addition to your weaker FX-8320 CPU.

 

The MSi 760GM-P34 uses a rather weak 3+1 VRM system, and with NO form of passive heatsink cooling.

In fact, this motherboard does not officially support 125W CPUs -- including your FX-8320.

Your motherboard's VRMs could be thermal throttling the CPU.

 

RAM running at JEDEC DDR3-1333 speeds, or even 1600 should not impact performance too much.

Of course, higher frequency RAM will give some FPS gains, but it won't be an extra 20+ FPS or something -- more in the region of ~5.

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If you want to get technical, when your card runs out of VRAM, it can use system RAM. So in some cases, sure, system RAM can bottleneck the video card. Except if you're in this condition, you have bigger issues.

 

In any case, this issue is caused more by the CPU unable to keep up when things get hectic.

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RAM speed will affect your FPS by 5-3%. Running out of RAM (if you game on 4GB) will be obvious, and can be checked through Windows Task Manager.

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40 minutes ago, Momotaro_ said:

- AMD FX-8320 eight core processor 

 

When i'm in games like Overwatch my frames are at a stable 120 when the game is calm

and then drops to 60 or below when it gets hectic (mind you all of my graphics settings in game are all on low) 

It's the CPU.

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Play the game and check Memory,CPU in -Resource Monitor-

 

This should define your problem.

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