Content of the material
- About Computer Memory
- Random Access Memory (RAM)
- How much RAM do I need 2019
- How Much Memory Does Your Computer Have?
- Is RAM or processor more important for Photoshop
- Is 32GB RAM overkill
- Does RAM speed matter
- 2. Is your Operating System 32-bit or 64-bit?
- Can I Run Different RAM Than My Motherboard Supports?
- Consider a solid state drive
- Memory Speed
- Wrap Up
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About Computer Memory
Computer memory — more accurately called Random Access Memory or RAM — provides the high-speed temporary storage space that your computer needs to store the operating system and its associated background services, running programs and open files. When you close a file or program, the portion of the memory in which it was stored is returned to the computer for use with other programs and files. If your computer has enough memory to store your running programs and open files, adding additional memory will not improve its speed. If your computer has so many things going on that it has to make extensive use of virtual memory, however, you may run into some speed problems that you can resolve by installing more memory.
Random Access Memory (RAM)
When a human is solving a puzzle they often need to run some information through their brain while storing other bits for later use in their short-term memory. Having more RAM basically expands your computer’s short-term memory, allowing more programs to do more things at the same time.
Unlike the processor, quantity (more gigabytes!) tends to dominate over quality here, since higher RAM speed and lower latency often provide relatively marginal benefits compared to just adding more. If deciding between different generations, newer is always better: DDR4 is better than DDR3, etc.
Stuffing in a lot of RAM will definitely make computers faster. (And it’s by far the easiest thing to upgrade.) However, keep in mind that the benefits will start to drop off after a certain point unless the extra RAM is accompanied by a CPU that can fully utilize it.
How much RAM do I need 2019Answered By: Cody Washington Date: created: Oct 15 2021
8GB RAM. Now we’re into performance territory. If you’re serious about your PC, then I consider this to be the new default. If you’re buying or building a machine dedicated to photo or HD video editing and rendering, or just want a fast system, then 8GB of RAM is the minimum you should consider to avoid frustration.Asked By: Dylan Ramirez Date: created: Jun 02 2021
How Much Memory Does Your Computer Have?
The System Properties screen in Windows 7
In Windows, you can easily determine how much memory is installed by opening the Start Menu, right-clicking Computer or My Computer and selecting Properties. You’ll see a screen like the one to the right, which displays the amount of memory your computer has next to Installed Memory (RAM). You’ll also see whether your computer has a 32-bit or 64-bit version of Windows installed, which is crucial in determining how much memory you can add. If you have a 32-bit version of Windows — unless it is one of certain “Server” editions that overcomes this limitation — there is no reason to expand your computer’s memory past 4 GB because the computer won’t be able to use it. If you are running a 64-bit version of Windows, the sky’s the limit.
Is RAM or processor more important for PhotoshopAnswered By: Harold Morgan Date: created: Oct 30 2021
RAM is the second most important hardware, as it increases the number of tasks the CPU can handle at the same time. Simply opening Lightroom or Photoshop uses around 1 GB RAM each….2. Memory (RAM)Minimum SpecsRecommended SpecsRecommended12 GB DDR4 2400MHZ or higher16 – 64 GB DDR4 2400MHZAnything less than 8 GB RAMAsked By: Ryan Scott Date: created: Feb 08 2022
Is 32GB RAM overkillAnswered By: Miguel Smith Date: created: Feb 21 2022
Is 32GB overkill? In general, yes. The only real reason an average user would need 32GB is for future proofing. As far as just simply gaming goes, 16GB is plenty, and really, you can get by just fine with 8GB.Asked By: Roger Parker Date: created: Sep 18 2021
Does RAM speed matterAnswered By: Horace Stewart Date: created: Dec 24 2021
Your RAM’s speed does not alter how fast your CPU goes, even when overclocked or hyper-threaded, but it can slow the CPU down depending on if your RAM is full or not. RAM speed comes down to how much data is transferred at a given time, and much of that can be determined by the number of your RAM module.Asked By: Carl Williams Date: created: Jul 22 2021
2. Is your Operating System 32-bit or 64-bit?
To know which architecture your operating system is using, try to navigate to “My Computer” >> Right click and then choose “Properties”. Once in properties, you can easily find the architecture of the OS in the system tab.
If you have a 32 Bit system, then your machine will only support RAM up to 4 GB. The reason is quite mathematical, and that’s why we will skip the explanation for now. On the other hand, if you have a 64-bit operating system, then you can harness the extra RAM, as the 64-bit architecture can read and use the extra memory for the running applications.
When it comes to software, there are a few things to consider:
- Operating system: Running Windows 10 on a low-spec computer might feel slow, but a tiny Linux distribution will probably feel lightning-fast.
- Programs: If all you run is Notepad and Firefox, you don’t need to worry. Rendering video will quickly separate strong setups from the weak, though.
- Background programs: Even good-spec computers can get bogged down with programs in the background. Thinning out startup programs can help a lot.
- New software: Old computer + new software = a bit slower.
- General mess: The longer you use your computer, the more stuff gets thrown out of whack. A wipe and reinstall can make some computers feel like new again.
Can I Run Different RAM Than My Motherboard Supports?
The computer’s motherboard must support the amount of storage the modules contain. For example, if a system supports memory modules of up to 8 GB, it may not be able to read a 16 GB chip properly. Similarly, if the motherboard doesn’t support memory with error correction code (ECC) memory, it can’t work with faster modules that use this technology. Check your motherboard’s manual or look it up online to see the maximum amount of RAM it supports.
Consider a solid state drive
SSDs or Solid State Drives have come down to a price level where they are within reach of most. While they don’t reach the same capacity as their traditional spinning platter brethren, they typically have more than enough space to act as a replacement drive for most machines.
SSDs improve system speed simply by being faster to read. Write speeds vary, so the gains aren’t as dramatic, but when it comes to reading data, SSDs are significantly and noticeably faster.
The process for switching to a SSD is the same as for simply replacing your hard drive with another:
- Create an image backup of your hard disk.
- Physically replace the hard disk with the SSD.
- Restore the image backup of your hard disk to the SSD.
- Make any final adjustments, such as adjusting partition sizes.
SSDs do use flash memory, and flash memory does wear out. Fortunately the quality of flash memory used in SSDs is such that it now typically outlasts the useful life of the machine, in normal use.
Nonetheless, I strongly suggest that you plan for failure anyway and backup regularly. (This holds true even with a traditional hard disk, since they, too, can fail catastrophically and without warning.)
Faster modules may not always run at faster speeds. When the motherboard or processor can’t support the faster memory speed, the modules are clocked at the fastest speed that they can support. For example, a motherboard and CPU that support up to 2133 MHz memory can use 2400 MHz RAM but only run it up to 2133 Mhz.
Installing newer memory modules along with older ones can also cause memory to run slower than expected. If your present computer has a 2133 MHz module installed in it, and you install one rated at 2400 MHz, the system runs the memory at the speed represented by the slower of the two. Thus, the new memory will only work at 2133 MHz, even if the CPU and motherboard support the higher speed.
RAM upgrades are a serious business if you do not know what are you doing. So take a step back and go through the points discussed in this article. With the right hardware combination, RAM upgrades can surely increase the performance of the machine, keeping other factors as same.
If you have any questions regarding RAM upgrade, comment below. The guide will be updated accordingly to new queries we solve here.
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