I recently started playing the Resident Evil 7 on my PC. I’ve got 16GB of RAM, so generally, any application which requires a significant amount of memory runs fine. This game is however quite a different thing.
This game eats RAM like Goku eats his food after training. On my PC, Resident Evil 7 constantly uses around 10GB of memory with occasional jumps to twelve Gigs. Though the game runs fine; like 60+ FPS all the time kinda’ fine, this amount of memory usage is a little concerning.
If you are someone with a little less RAM, somewhere around 4 to 8 gigs, which is the most typical setup, the chances are that you are going to get errors in Resident Evil 7.
The most common error, in this case, is Windows being out of memory. The only thing you can do is spend some money and get some more RAM. Downloading RAM (joke) is an option too if you like your stuff free. :p
In all seriousness, this looks like a memory leak related to the game. So, this can be fixed promptly by the developers in the next few updates.
What about those with less amount of RAM?
Well, there are two options in the game which aid in this memory leak. Both are the visual options related to shadows in the game.
- If you are maxing out Resident Evil 7, then try turning down Shadows from Very high to high. Apparently, shadows are the major reason why a lot of people are having issues while playing.
- Another thing is the Shadow cache. Turning this off on my PC significantly reduced the amount of memory consumed by Resident Evil 7. From 11 to around ~7.5Gigs.
There’s one thing that you should know before messing around with your PC. If you’ve got more than eight gigs of memory on your PC, don’t worry about this leak for now. The RAM is meant to be used. Free unused RAM is wasted RAM.