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Should I upgrade my RAM

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I have an ASUS N53SV. It has an Intel i5 2410m CPU with an on board video card, but also have a NVIDIA GeForce GT540m (it uses the Optimus technology from nvidia). Actually, I am running Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bits but in couple of month I am planning to upgrade to Windows 8.1 64 bit.

I want to upgrade from 4GB to 6/8GB. Would I notice an improvement in performance with that CPU? Or the CPU is not fast enough?

I use my laptop for college/work (programming), and entertainment.

Thanks.
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  1. alexf9489 said:
    Hi,

    I have an ASUS N53SV. It has an Intel i5 2410m CPU with an on board video card, but also have a NVIDIA GeForce GT540m (it uses the Optimus technology from nvidia). Actually, I am running Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bits but in couple of month I am planning to upgrade to Windows 8.1 64 bit.

    I want to upgrade from 4GB to 6/8GB. Would I notice an improvement in performance with that CPU? Or the CPU is not fast enough?

    I use my laptop for college/work (programming), and entertainment.

    Thanks.

    it will improve when rendering stuff by in many cases alot go for 8gb
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    Your cpu performance will be almost exactly the same.
    If you do lots of multitasking then perhaps added ram will reduce contention.
    Ram is cheap, so I have no problem with adding 4gb, but really, I would not expect to see any benefit.

    If you want a significant boost in performance replace the hard drive with a SSD. You will be amazed.

    Before you change to windows 8, I suggest you try it first. Go to a store and exercise their laptops which all come with windows 8. I tried it and hated the metro interface. I see no real reason to change from 7.
  3. geofelt said:
    Your cpu performance will be almost exactly the same.
    If you do lots of multitasking then perhaps added ram will reduce contention.
    Ram is cheap, so I have no problem with adding 4gb, but really, I would not expect to see any benefit.

    If you want a significant boost in performance replace the hard drive with a SSD. You will be amazed.

    Before you change to windows 8, I suggest you try it first. Go to a store and exercise their laptops which all come with windows 8. I tried it and hated the metro interface. I see no real reason to change from 7.


    I was thinking in acquire a Samsung 840 PRO (128GB and 5 year warranty) or a Samsung 840 (250 GB and 3 year warranty). I don't really need much space.

    But, do you think the PRO series worth the difference in cash?
  4. I have a PRO, and I really think it is not worth the price premium.
    The main advantage is endurance. But, it is irrelevant that a pro will last 15 years compared to a 840 at 10 years under heavy desktop workloads. Both will be obsolete then. I would look for a 840 which is selling off in favor of the new 840 EVO.
    Just make certain that you have plenty of space. Once a ssd nears full, it will slow down.

    I have even installed an old X25-M 40gb in a very old laptop with wonderful results.
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