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4GB DDR3 vs 6GB DDR3, worth extra $100?

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November 5, 2011 11:19:56 PM

Hello, would 6GB DDR3 vs 4GB DDR3 have much difference in laptop to be worth an extra $100?
Somewhat desperate to replace my 6 yr old vaio, and the two models I'm comparing are Toshiba R835-P81 best price $799) and R835-P84 (best price $699). I was looking for the R835-P70 which is out of stock everywhere for a while so these are my two options. The only difference in my limited knowledge that can see is the 4GB vs 6GB, would it be worth the extra $100? Both 64 bit.

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http://us.toshiba.com/computers/laptops/portege/R830/R8...

http://us.toshiba.com/computers/laptops/portege/R830/R8...
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November 5, 2011 11:39:04 PM

No.

You would have to be running a couple of those applications that are known for using lots of memory. Going with 4GB is a great place to save money, and you won't notie the "loss".
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November 5, 2011 11:39:48 PM

Overall, not worth the $100. You won't see a difference in performance between 4GB and 6GB of RAM.
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November 5, 2011 11:43:08 PM

That is a huge price difference for 2gb! Unless you are a heavy multitasker, it is probably not worth it.

It is not clear to me if there is an open ram slot on the cheaper unit available where you could easily add ram later.

I would save the $100.

You can buy a 8gb kit of laptop ram for $50 or so, and replace it all if necessary later.
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November 5, 2011 11:48:35 PM

What you want to do is run a senario where you bought the 4gb model and after you were using it for about 6 months you came across a stuation where you actually needed the 6gb of ram and you were going to need it for a while. Now go to a vendor and see what it would cost to make your laptop 6gb and that will tell you if it's worth the $100 extra now.
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November 6, 2011 12:10:40 AM

Definitely not worth it. After all, you CAN replace that ram for a higher one later, and for cheaper, right? Based on those links, looks like the higher one is a magnesium alloy, which would in term make it stronger, and more durable, right?
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