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Windows 7: 4 GB to 8 GB RAM. Where's the performance increase?

23 Apr 2011   #1

Windows 7 x64
 
 
4 GB to 8 GB RAM. Where's the performance increase?

I know there is probably a simple answer out there, however RAM is cheap right now and I though I would go ahead and future proof my system or whatever. My WEI with 4 GB RAM was 6.6 and after upgrading to 8 GB of Crucial RAM it was 6.6. I knew the difference from 4 to 8 would be negligible but I thought I would see a better score. The system does see 8 GB RAM by the way. Any suggestions?

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23 Apr 2011   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

The only way you score would go up is if your upgraded to a faster kit.

Did you get a complete 8GB kit? If so, did it have tighter timings/faster clocks?
You may need to go into the bios and manually set everything to what is supposed to be .. provided your bios are not locked to a certain speed.

More doesnt mean it will be faster. Just more RAM for the system to use, if you have & use apps that can use that much.
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23 Apr 2011   #3

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by 4 Gig View Post
I know there is probably a simple answer out there, however RAM is cheap right now and I though I would go ahead and future proof my system or whatever. My WEI with 4 GB RAM was 6.6 and after upgrading to 8 GB of Crucial RAM it was 6.6. I knew the difference from 4 to 8 would be negligible but I thought I would see a better score. The system does see 8 GB RAM by the way. Any suggestions?
Suggestions for what?

Is your new RAM recognized in the BIOS?

WEI scores don't have a lot of correlation with real world performance.

The RAM score is not just based on amount of RAM. Some people with 8 GB have RAM scores of 7.6 rather than your 6.6, but you might never know the difference between the two machines if you didn't run a benchmark. You could upgrade to faster RAM and that might boost your score, but I doubt if that would be noticeable other than in your score.

If you ever need to use more than 4 GB of RAM, you have another 4 GB of RAM to throw at the task. That's the so-called "future proof my system or whatever" that you bought. If you never use more than 4 GB, you wasted your money. Only you know how much RAM you in fact use.
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23 Apr 2011   #4

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

That WEI RAM performance number is based on how your RAM performs not how much RAM you have or how your whole system performs.
You won't notice any difference in overall performance until you run enough programs all at once or one or two programs that needed more then 4GB of RAM to function at top speed. Then instead of paging out to the pagefile it will use that extra RAM and be snappier then if you only had 4GB of RAM. Until then it's just sitting there doing nothing.
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23 Apr 2011   #5
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You might see a slight performance improvememt due to more RAM for caching. But that only after you run the system for a while and rerun applications that you have previously used. Also for some graphics and picture processing programs that make use of a lot of RAM you may see an effect. But in normal day to day operation it will probably not make a difference.

You may try to use that additional RAM for a RAMDisk. Playing around with that may give you some advantages. RAMDisk - Software - Server Memory Products & Services - Dataram
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