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Will I get any performance/benefit from upgrading just ram?

Discussion in 'Hardware Components and Aftermarket Upgrades' started by opticruise, Feb 14, 2018.

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  1. opticruise

    opticruise Newbie

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    Hello. I'm new here.
    I'm curious and willing to buy a another piece of 4 GB ram memory . Its just 35 dollars right now.
    Currently i have only 4gb ram, with Intel Core 3217u, and GT 740m 2GB.
    And, as I said above, right now i have 4 GB ram memory. After upgrading to 8 gb, do I will get something faster laptop, also small increased performance in games? Is it worth this thing to be bought? or its just worthless thing
     
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    Arrrrbol Notebook Consultant

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    You will depending on the game, especially if you keep other programmes running while you are gaming. Not much point in going over 8GB though.
     
  3. opticruise

    opticruise Newbie

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    Well
    Well, while playing GTA V, its uses about 90% of the ram ir about 3,70 GB. Also while running Chrome with just 3 tabs, it easily goes up to 60%..
     
  4. John Ratsey

    John Ratsey Moderately inquisitive Super Moderator

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    I consider 8GB should be the minimum these days. 90% of RAM being used means that there will be extensive use of the pagefile on the storage drive which slows everything down. The Page Faults in Resource Monitor should show this.

    Adding a second RAM module also enables dual channel memory access which will provide some speed improvement although less noticeable than the effect of the increase in RAM.

    John
     
  5. pukemon

    pukemon are you unplugged?

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    Depending on usage situation depends. But you'll definitely get the benefit of DDR adding another stick. If you have a lot of tabs open in browser, yep. Games, yep. And for $35 just getting the DDR benefit is a no-brainer.
     
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    Not to pile on, but that's a good performance upgrade. Next would be a small SSD (if you don't have one). Between the two it would feel like a brand new machine. Did the same with a used RAM + used SSD upgrade for an old inspiron and it actually felt... 'bouncy':D
    Though I couldn't go get my coffee while it booted up anymore :(
    lol
     
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    TANWare Just This Side of Senile, I think. Moderator

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    It counts on the systems configuration. If currently it is one 4GB stick of ram another matching one will be great. If currently there are 2 2GB sticks then you need to get 2 matching 4GB sticks for 8GB. Now if the first stick is soldered and is 4 again a matching stick is great, if the first stick is soldered as 2GB with a 2GB stick then one 4GB stick will just give 6gb total.

    Which computer is it?
     
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    PaladinPC Notebook Enthusiast

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    Summing up important points brought up already:

    1. 8 GB is pretty standard these days
    2. Dual channel configuration (having two of the same RAM sticks running in parallel) provides a good boost in performance.
    3. An SSD large enough to fit your OS and key programs would provide the most dramatic performance boost. Typically 120 - 240 GB is a comfortable size, although you could get away with 64 GB if you cut down to the bare necessities.

    Also, Chrome is notorious for being a memory hogging application, so upgrading your RAM may still see Chrome using 30+% of your RAM.
     
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  9. tilleroftheearth

    tilleroftheearth Wisdom listens quietly...

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    At $35 I'd be considering if 16GB RAM was affordable to you. :)

    Remember that after testing/verifying that the new modules worked; you could sell your original RAM when deciding how 'affordable' it really is.

    8GB RAM was obsolete for a modern O/S since Windows Vista...

    16GB RAM has been the jumping off point for many years now for a multitasking platform - even for mundane tasks as office work (i.e. 'clerical').

    As for the 'performance' increase; there will be none. Your system will work as fast as it ever has.

    What you will gain though is a 'productivity' increase. In other words: the total work performed over a set period of time will increase dramatically. Especially with 16GB of RAM and a multitasking workload.
     
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