DDR3 vs. DDR4: Which Ram is Best for Games

Anyone who would like to build or upgrade a PC with an Intel CPU confronts a critical question: DDR3 or DDR4? The present Skylake generation with all the Socket LGA1151 supports both types of memory. What fits, comes on the motherboard. We tested two identical boards against one another and analyzed benchmarks.

Differences between ddr3 to ddr4

DDR4 memory isn’t entirely new. Some motherboards (Socket 2011-3) are supporting the RAM for decades, and current entry-level boards are available from just over 50 euros.

DDR4 memory differs from DDR3 in storage density, clocking, and voltage: in principle, DDR4 can handle more GB and achieve faster clock prices. The crux: The important for players latency is calculated from timings and clock frequency. The smaller the latency, the faster the machine transfers data from memory. Here is the higher clocking of DDR4 when compared with the greater timing of DDR3. For this reason, DDR3 can be faster in practice than DDR4.

product name category
Palit Geforce GTX 750 Ti KalmX 2GB graphic card
Intel Core i3-6100 processor
Gigabyte GA H110M-DS2 DDR4 Motherboard (DDR4)
Gigabyte GA H110M-DS2 DDR3 Motherboard (DDR3)
Seasonic S12II-430 Bronze power adapter
Toshiba Q300 120GB SSD
Zalman T3 Mini casing
Windows 10 Pro 64 bit Operating system
Kingston VALUERAM 4GB DDR4-2133 Random access memory
Samsung PC3-10600U 4GB DDR3-1.333 Random access memory
ddr3 vs ddr4
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DDR3 against DDR4
measurement category Result (DDR3, 4GB, 1333 MHz CL9) Result (DDR4, 4GB, 2,133 MHz CL15)
Cinebench 15 OpenGL 98.27 frames per second 113.13 frames per second
PCMark 7 6,320 points 6,443 points
PCMark 8 4,811 points 4,817 points
3DMark Cloud Gate 13,174 points 13,387 points
3DMark Fire Strike 3,965 points 3,977 points
DiRT Rally 26 frames per second 26 frames per second
Ashes of the Singularity 15 frames per second 15 frames per second
DX11 feature test single-thread 1,105,063 draw calls 1,427,945 draw calls
DX12 feature test 7,645,525 draw calls 8,142,534 draw call

DDR3 vs. DDR4: Testing

In theory, our DDR3 latch with its short timings ought to be a fraction faster than the DDR4 equal despite the reduced clock frequency. As it happens, however, the memory has little impact on matches in this case: Both the artificial benchmarks (3DMark) and the refresh rates are almost identical. There are slight differences in the system tests (PCMark). Cinebench 15 places with just under 15 fps in DDR4 mode currently properly. That didn’t surprise us the most.

What’s going on here?

Together with the DirectX feature test, the DDR4 memory increases the amount of draw calls significantly – with DX12 by 6.5 percent, together with DX11 even by 29.21 percent.

The specific test is supposed to demonstrate how efficient a graphics API like DirectX is. To do this, he defines the number of instructions a chip can send into the graphics unit within a particular length of time.

We can not honestly explain the origin of the gaps at this point. Since we analyzed only one combination, we guess that the memory controller of the processor works more efficiently with DDR4. We’ll shortly investigate the phenomenon with more DDR3 and DDR4 Chips.


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