So I was looking into upgrading my 3 year old laptop's RAM since its relatively cheap for DDR2-667MHz RAM, so I was wondering how much of a difference will it make? Like how much will I be able to see/notice if I upgrade my laptop from 3Gb RAM to 4Gb RAM? And is it worth it with today's prices for RAM?
Acer Aspire 5535
AMD Athlon x2 QL-64 (2.1 Ghz)
ATI Radeon HD 3200 (1403Mb)
3Gb DDR2-667MHz RAM (2814 MB usable because of integrated graphics)
One other thing I noticed: while looking over the technical manual again, I noticed the following description:
•Up to 2 GB of DDR2 667 MHz memory, upgradeable to 4 GB using two soDIMM modules*
NOTE: "*" "Only for certain models"
So does that mean I am limited to specific types of RAM from specific manufacturers? Or can I just go out and get any type of RAM that matches the RAM specifications listed in the manual?
No, u are not limited to specific manufacturers.
U just need to fit to the specification of your mobo RAM type.
It says u need ...
Memory Type: DDR2 PC2-6400, DDR2 PC2-5300, DDR2 (non-ECC)
Maximum Memory: 4GB
Each memory slot can hold DDR2 PC2-6400, DDR2 PC2-5300 with a max of 2GB per slot.*
*Not to exceed manufacturer supported memory.
So, u can use max 4GB @ 2GB per RAM stick(max 2 sticks)
And it should be with this specs. DDR2 PC2-6400, DDR2 PC2-5300, DDR2 (non-ECC)
Yes, it is a 32-Bit OS. But since I'm a student I get a discount for Windows 7 64-bit if I need it. But with my laptop's ~1Gb integrated graphics card, I figured that it wouldn't matter too much if I had a 32-bit vs 64-bit since less than 4Gb will be actually utilized.