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Ram Upgrade Worth It?

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January 29, 2012 2:30:05 PM

Hey guys, I have been considering a possible ram upgrade, but would like to know if it would be worth it.

I currently have a Laptop with an i3 @ 2.53ghz and 4gb of DDR3 (SO-DIMM) at 1067mhz. Would I see much improvement going from that to 8gb at 1333mhz?

I usually play games, but I also like to do drafting, some 3-D modeling, and programming. It would only cost 40$ and I would get a free Micro SD card :3 So I was wondering if it would be worth it?

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a c 97 } Memory
January 29, 2012 2:53:54 PM

Unless your apps are 64 bit enabled, and can use lots of ram, the upgrade is probably not worth it.
OTOH if you do lots of multitasking, then 8gb might be good.

I assume you also have a 64 bit os to be able to use >4gb.

If you do plan on an upgrade, and why not, since ram is so cheap, I would just get a second 4gb stick to match the one you have.

It turns out that the current intel cpus are largely insensitive to ram speeds, so 1067 is plenty. You can only tell the difference with synthetic benchmarks, not real app performance.

If you want a real boost to your laptop performance, see if you can't replace the hard drive with a SSD.
a b } Memory
January 29, 2012 3:03:16 PM

You would see a very slight improvement with multi-tasking, IF you have a 64 bit operating system.
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