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How fast is 2gb of RAM?

Discussion in 'Asus' started by sunny123, Oct 31, 2005.

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  1. sunny123

    sunny123 Notebook Enthusiast

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    I want to put in 2gb of RAM in my z70va (because I want to take full advantage of the notebook), and was wondering what should I expect in terms of performance? I'm running 512mb RAM on my P3 733 rig, and I've never been blessed with the opportunity of working with a high performance pc. Any thoughts of what I can look forward to? Thank you. :cool:
     
  2. coriolis

    coriolis Notebook Nobel Laureate

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    512-> 1gb of ram, major difference

    1gb -> 2gb of ram, neglible unless doing very ram intensive stuff(encoding, etc.)
     
  3. sunny123

    sunny123 Notebook Enthusiast

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    So you're saying that the 200 dollar upgrade isn't worth it?
     
  4. coriolis

    coriolis Notebook Nobel Laureate

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    Well, if you have the cash, sure, but 1gb is enough for most cases.
     
  5. aphirat

    aphirat Notebook Consultant

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    Nope. 1GB is more than you need for now. That is, until Vesta comes out and take up more of our system ram :-(.
     
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    AuroraS Notebook Virtuoso

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    If the work you do on your notebook calls for 2GB of RAM (which I doubt...) then do it.
    Otherwise, if you already have 1GB of RAM, save your money and spend a night out with your significant other :D
     
  7. sunny123

    sunny123 Notebook Enthusiast

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    I thought most new games would run a lot smoother with 2gb of RAM, but if y'all are saying it is not necessary, then I'd gladly save the cash.
     
  8. aphirat

    aphirat Notebook Consultant

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    MOst new game would run a lot smoother with 2GB of ram?? You can install a whole game on 2GB of ram :p, which is why it's too much and not worth it for the moment.
     
  9. coriolis

    coriolis Notebook Nobel Laureate

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    If anything the GPU is the bottleneck for the smoothness of the game.

    A faster HD will improve loading times, a faster CPU will increase raw performance, a GPU is for faster video performance. RAM,well, I guess its a small bit of everything mentioned above...

    I think.

    I think the sugar's getting to me, not enough kids came to my door, I'm eating most of the candy ;)
     
  10. Raidflex

    Raidflex Notebook Guru

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    2 gigs is nice when you want to run many things in the background at once. I can play games or do encoding and have like 50 processes running with no slow down. I think it is alot more justified to buy the $100 extra gig instead of spend $350+ on a 7200rpm drive for maybe 15% more preformance.
     
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    Save your money, as mentioned above, you really don't need it
     
  12. Dec1mal

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    Correction: Vista needs minumum of 512mb to run.
     
  13. TaCtIkZ

    TaCtIkZ Notebook Guru

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    I'll chime in here... I"ve got a W3V... and I'm also an avid BF2 and HL2 player, and I found that both games ran considerably smoother after loading the system up with 2 gigs. I don't regret my purchase at all. :)
     
  14. Raidflex

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    Vista actually has a memory footprint of 700-800mb.
     
  15. Iter

    Iter Notebook Evangelist

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    you don't need much memory, 1GB should be enough. If you would like to see how much different, use a 3Dmarks to compare the scores between 1GB and 2GB memory.
     
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    You can see the difference from our benchmark table, check the tests on Z70Va
    http://www.notebookforum.ca/phpbb2/docs/Benchmark.htm
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  17. sunny123

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    Other than how long it takes to count Pi to 2million digits, what do the other benchmarks mean?
     
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    Raidflex Notebook Guru

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    Benchmarks do very little to see differance in amount of memory. It is only seen when multitasking or using a program that use a lot of memory.. Just comparing benchmarks that are ment to test video or cpu preformance is not the way to test the amount of memory you have because that is not what they are created for. 2GB could be could helpful if you ever want to do video encoding, compression/decompression or just like running many things at once.
     
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    I recently went from 1GB to 2GB RAM on my Acer 8104 and I'm VERY happy with it. This puppy opens windows like a PC should now. It is PERCEPTIBLY much faster for general computing.
     
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