WRITTEN BY Chris Peng
Posted on November 22 2017
Over the last months, “PlayerUnknown’s Battle Ground” also known as PUBG already dominated the gaming market. Fun isn’t it? But we also know the game can be quite taxing for your system. I happened to obtain a new MSI Z370 motherboard and wanted to see if I can boost performance by upgrading but also optimizing my setup. And to my surprise, using MSI Memory Try It! I managed to achieve great gains! So in this article we will show the effects of DRAM size and frequency when playing PUBG and how to get the most FPS.
But first let’s talk a bit about the hardware we upgraded.
Motherboard used: MSI Z370 GAMING PLUS
↑ The MSI Z370 GAMING PLUS motherboard has my favorite red color for the LED lighting
↑ It also has a M.2 slot for faster loading of PUBG when installed on a M.2 SSD
↑ At the back, you will find plenty of USB2.0 and USB3.1 ports as well as a PS2 ports
↑ This motherboard has plenty of power phases to handle the new CPUs (even OC 6-core)
Let’s now get back to the main topic: PlayerUnknown’s BattleGround DDR4 memory testing
►PUBG minimum PC requirement
OS: 64-bit Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows 10
Processor: Intel Core i3-4340 / AMD FX-6300
Memory: 6 GB RAM (required quite large amount of memory)
Graphics: nVidia GeForce GTX 660 2GB / AMD Radeon HD 7850 2GB
DirectX: Version 11
Network: Broadband Internet connection
Storage: 30 GB available space
• Motherboard:Z370 GAMING PLUS
• MEMORY:G.SKILL 3600
• GRAPHIC CARD:MSI 1080ti
• HARD DISK:ADATA SSD SP900 64GB
• COOLER:INTEL AIR COOLER (no budget for water cooling…)
►DDR4 memory size & speed comparison
Testing method: Select weather (sunny), landing at the same location after jumping off the plane, let’s check the speed of 2133 and compared the test result for single 8GB and 8GB x 2pcs memory
Here we can tell the difference on FPS between 8GB & 16GB. Let’s continue to do more testing
Above we test the memory Frequency for 2133 2666 3000 3200 3600MHz.
Clearly memory frequency and size does matters, but you think that this is the final conclusion? There’s even more!
There is a feature from MSI called Memory Try It! The name speaks for itself!
That means you can try further optimizing your memory speed and latency in just 1 second!
Below shows the different ways to use Memory Try It!
How to enable it
Press Del key to enter BIOS menu upon system bootup
↓Press F7 to switch BIOS to advanced mode
↓Select OC and press enter to go to the overclocking features, scroll down the page and you will see the “Memory Try It!” option
↓You will find different frequency shows in this page (you can try the memory you go on hand)
↓After pressing Enter, it will looks like below page
↓Now you can press F10 and save & exit
Here I have tried 3200MHz using Memory Try It! I noticed that the FPS is now close to the performance we got when we are running 3600MHz memory frequency!
↓8GB 3200MHz Memory try it!
↓16GB 3200MHz Memory Try It!
What is this voodoo magic?! With Memory Try It! We can clearly improve our FPS by quite a large margin! It doesn’t just boost FPS but overall system memory performance and latencies are much better!
↓PUBG DDR4 memory size & speed testing, including Memory Try It! Test result
Concluded: Memory Try It! Improves FPS in games!
To summarize the test results above, besides this game needing quite the large amount of memory resource, most of you are also running other programs in the background. For example, I have installed Skype and other chat software since I don’t like the ingame chat options. At the same time I will also browse websites when waiting for my character to revive or starting a new game, so it’s recommended to have at least 8GB or above memory size. However, as memory is getting more expensive having to buy more will take some more one you of your pocket, leaving you with less room to buy higher frequency modules. However, this is where MSI has stepped in. Already delivering great memory performance by enhancing DDR4 using DDR4 Boost, now with Memory Try It! the MSI Z370 motherboards can help you unlock even more memory performance and more FPS! At the same time it can also save you money which you don’t need to spend on faster memory, but unlock more speed simply from the onboard feature! So you can save some money for a better processor or graphics card, who doesn’t want that?
Want to learn more about MSI Z370 motherboards, DDR4 Boost or Memory Try It!, be sure to visit http://www.msi.com/motherboards
Check out the Z370 GAMING PLUS motherboard here https://www.msi.com/Motherboard/Z370-GAMING-PLUS.html