4gb vs 8gb of ram? Who would notice the difference?

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  1. psygn

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    I didn't even notice the difference from going from 2.5GHz C2D to i7 Quad Core for my regular Photoshop/IDE/Browser/VM multi-task usage. For VM the RAM helped a lot, and for general system snappiness the SSD helped a lot, but for the rest of the stuff I didn't see a great performance jump besides extended battery life.

    So really, it's a matter of what you're going to be doing with the system. For general use, a RAM upgrade won't yield you speed, but a bottlenecked one will slow you down. I would say that users of VM would most benefit from the added RAM.
     
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    My wife, a decidedly low-tech user, constantly finds herself out of RAM with only 4gb. Of course, she tends to have 30+ browser tabs open, a couple of Office documents, maybe a Paint window or two, and then wonders why it takes ages to switch between any of them.

    She says she doesn't mind the lag, but it's painful to watch. She'll probably end up with 8gb and an SSD soon.
     
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    It's the price of ram that makes 8GB upgrade so standard these days but in all honesty I don't think I'll ever use more than 4GB personally within the next year or so.

    Even with my plans to upgrade to Windows 8, I think I'm still good with 4GB on Windows 8. That being said, Windows 8 actually uses less memory than Windows 7 kinda like the transition from Vista to 7.
     
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    I put 16gb of RAM in my desktop because, at $80, I can. RAM is so cheap these days that maxing it out might as well be a no-brainer.
     
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    I wouldn't have expected it, but after upgrading to 8GB a few days ago, it feels like Terraria loads the worlds about 20% faster than when I was running 4GB. My new RAM is 1333mhz, but the i5-450 should run it at 1066 anyway, right? Does anybody out there have an explanation for the apparent speed boost (aside from the legitimate possibility that I'm delusional? :p).
     
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    damn right...
    i put extra 8GB in my laptop because i got it for 40$ only....
    honestly RAM is so cheap now that if i have 4GB and i am confused whether i should get more or not... i would find it easier to buy 4GB extra than posting online asking for it :D (no offence to OP).
     
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    I've never noticed any difference between 4GB and 8GB. My usage: Word, Excel, Chrome (many tabs), Firefox (many tabs), Skype, WMP, MSN. I leave a lot open.

    'But RAM is so cheap now!'... I don't like waisting money even if it's $10.

    My conclusion: if you're not running demanding apps (VMware, photo-, video- and/or audio-editing) better save your money and put it towards a faster hard drive (hybrid or SSD). I do notice the difference from a faster hard drive.
     
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    I don't know, but with 8GB my computer felt so much smoother. I originally just had a 4GB stick, but I wanted to buy a second to increase my integrated graphics performance. I though there would be no difference, but I was wrong. With 8GB there was never a pause for switching between anything which was always happening with 4GB. I could have two games open and lots of browser windows open and I could switch between all of them instantly. Definitely increased my productivity since I do a lot of switching back and forth between programs and windows and keep a lot of things open at once. Windows 7 makes good and effective use of extra RAM.
     
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    I usually leave my laptop ON for quite a long time for downloading and stuff, now when it hits 2+days without any shutdown or restart, idle time RAM usage gets about 3 GB, and then opening only some internet tabs+messenger+music gets me to 3.5+ GB and that's something i would not like if i have 4GB RAM..
    my point being, even non extreme user can get benefit from upto 8GB and when it is so cheap then why holding back your several hundred/thousand dollar system for 20 bucks .
     
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    For the average users that say they're system runs faster with 8GB, I'd like to see some numbers. Unfortunately placebo effects can be strong and impossible to notice without accurate measurements.

    Surely someone with 8GB can take out 4GB and run some basic benchmarks. Booting, launching apps, simple multi tasking, hibernation etc.

    If I had the 4GB laying around I would do it, but I'm back to 4GB now.

    If there's more RAM Windows likes to take it. That doesn't have to mean you'd be running into problems or even slower performance with 4GB.
     
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