RAM Question


#1

For what kind of tasks would you say having 64 GB of RAM is optimal? (or a must have)

Thanks!


#2

On the Houdini website, it says that it is optimal for fluid sims and pyro. Other than that, I don’t know if you need that much.


#3

very huge level lightbakes sometimes need that much but I’ve had 32gb for the last 3-4 years and never felt the need to have any more.

probably better to make sure you get the fastest ram rather than the most tbh.


#4

Ohh I see, by fastest you mean higher frequency or lower latency?

I’m between:

32 GB, 3200 Mhz, 14 CAS
or
64 GB, 3200 Mhz, 16 CAS

The 64 GB one costs around 130 USD more than the other one (roughly, not that much diff)


#5

i’m not super techie but i was talking about frequency rather than latency.


#6

The difference between 14 CAS and 16 CAS is small enough to be completely irrelevant. It’s a latency of 11ns vs 10ns, but depending on the CPU you have it might not even be relevant. The difference between a 2666 Mhz CAS 14 and 3200 Mhz CAS 16 might be as much as 1 second saved over a 2 hour long render using an Intel i7-8700k or Ryzen 1800x. 3200 Mhz CAS 14 might get you 1.1 seconds.


#7

So 64 GB it is! they were near same price, so I guess it won’t hurt, thank you!