16GB DDR5 VS 32GB DDR4 Gaming Performance Benchmark

Do you need to upgrade to the latest DDR5 Platform? This article shows you the 16GB DDR5 Vs 32GB DDR4 RAM Gaming Performance Benchmark. The games are tested on 1080p and 2160p resolutions.

DDR5 is already out in the market and only available with the Intel Platforms. Intel’s 12th Generation Alder Lake Processor currently supports DDR4 and DDR5 RAM. Although AMD doesn’t have a DDR5-supported processor right now, they are coming up with their AMD Ryzen 7000 Series Processor, which would be the first batch of processors to support DDR5. To compete with that, Intel will be bringing in the Intel 13th Gen Raptor Lake Processors. Both the new AMD and Intel motherboards will natively support DDR5.

But that doesn’t mean DDR4 will be discontinued. It will still be here as the transition onto DDR5 will be slow because many users have moved to work from home after the Pandemic and purchased DDR4 PCs & Laptops. So transforming the whole user base to DDR5 will be time-consuming but worth it. And especially for Gamers like you, who would want to get the best out of their new DDR5 gaming system.

So this article will show you the 16GB DDR5 vs 32GB DDR4 RAM Gaming Performance benchmark when tested in both 1080p and 4K Resolutions.

16GB DDR5 VS 32GB DDR4 Gaming Performance Benchmark

Test Specs

Here are the test specs that we are currently using to conduct the DDR4 and DDR5 RAM Performance benchmarks.

ProcessorIntel Core i5 12600K Processor
MotherboardGigabyte Z690 Aorus Master Motherboard
CPU CoolerCoolermaster MasterLiquid ML120 RGB
Graphics CardGigabyte RTX 3080 Gaming OC 10GB GPU
RAMXPG Lancer 16GB DDR5 RAM 5200Mhz
GSkill Trident Z 16×2 32GB DDR4 RAM 3600Mhz
SSDSamsung 970 EVO M.2 1TB NVMe SSD
Power SupplyCoolermaster V850 850W PSU
CaseThermaltake Core P6 Gaming Cabinet
Operating SystemMicrosoft Windows

32GB DDR4 vs 16GB DDR5 RAM Gaming Performance – 1080p Resolution

With Full HD 1080p, here are the performance results that we have achieved.

GamesAverage FPS 32GB DDR4Average FPS 16GB DDR5Settings
God of War173176High
Cyberpunk 2077138152Medium
Dying Light 2151156High
Forza Horizon 5162170Ultra
Red Dead Redemption 2141143High
GTA 5126119Very High
Microsoft Flight Simulator101112Ultra
16GB DDR5 VS 32GB DDR4 Gaming Performance Benchmark

32GB DDR4 vs 16GB DDR5 RAM Gaming Performance – 2160p 4K Resolution

With the 4K, 2160p resolution, here, we have achieved the performance results.

GamesAverage FPS 32GB DDR4Average FPS 16GB DDR5Settings
God of War9598High
Cyberpunk 20776870Medium
Dying Light 27375High
Forza Horizon 59492Ultra
Red Dead Redemption 27879High
GTA 58785Very High
Microsoft Flight Simulator6160Ultra

As we can see from the benchmarks, the 32GB DDR4 RAM performance is almost at par with the 16GB DDR5 RAM. It is so impressive that even with 16GB memory, the DDR5 can beat out the 32GB DDR4 module, although with a very close margin. But with games like Forza Horizon 5 and GTA, the 32GB DDR4 RAM system performs better. But in all the other games, the 16GB DDR5 was enough to crush the 32GB DDR4 RAM at 1080p and even at 4K!

Right now, not many games are optimized for the DDR5 Platform, and maybe for that reason, we see these kinds of numbers. We are sure that these performance numbers will increase with more optimizations from both the software and hardware side of things as the DDR5 Platform becomes a mainstream platform in the market. We will update this article with more performance numbers, so make sure you check back every month.

So this was all about the 16GB DDR5 vs 32GB DDR4 Gaming Benchmark results. If you think we missed out on anything, let us know in the comments down below.


A 29 year old avid gamer by choice dabbles in all things tech. Whether be it spending hours in single-player narrative-based games or going through the latest innovation in technology and chip manufacturing he prefers to stay on top of things. In the other times, you'll find him tucked away drumming and headbanging to Rock and Roll Classics.

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