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Windows 7: RAM upgrade

05 Feb 2011   #11
ignatzatsonic

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You can Google for details and get some benchmarks and some so-called percentage differences in speed of single channel versus dual channel, but that won't give you a lot of insight into the real world.

If I thought I was breaking the 4 GB RAM barrier frequently (many times per hour in a task I did frequently, particularly if I was being paid for what I was producing), I would probably go for 6 GB even if single channel.

If I only occasionally broke the 4 GB RAM barrier, I'd probably go with 4 GB. If you are under 4 GB 90% or more of the time, I'd go with dual channel. It's clearly a trade-off.

It's up to you to decide how often you will be needing the 5th and 6th GB and I don't know how you could determine that without a direct test or finding a Google link to a direct test of near identical hardware and a near identical usage pattern.

I use Photoshop myself and rarely even get to 3 GB, but your personal requirements might be different.

In reality---you might never be able to tell the difference, regardless of which choice you make.

The rule of thumb is that more RAM is better than faster RAM, but more RAM is of course completely wasted if it is never used.

I certainly wouldn't agonize over it. Do you have a good use for the possible saved $25--like maybe apply it to a solid state hard drive?


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06 Feb 2011   #12
jaypels

7 all the way!
 
 

Thanks for the input! We have some internet connection problem at home so I could not reply immediately. The reason why I would need the extra RAM is when I print the images I made in Photoshop and added some vector shapes in CorelDraw, it would easily reach 2gb. I don't know what it is called exactly but when I look at the print spooling data or something, that's the amount of data it is processing. My computer would not respond for quite a while until I finish printing so that is why I need the extra RAM.

Regarding the SSD, this is a laptop so I would not have an extra space where to put it. And I do not like the idea of always bringing an external disk to place my data. I only use them for backups.

But I think 4gb is enough. I just would like to have an extra just in case I would need them in the future. Thank you so much for the input! +1 for staying and for the informative replies.
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06 Feb 2011   #13
jaypels

7 all the way!
 
 

I recently read this post Mixing RAM concerning RAM matching. I think I'll be following this thread for a while and I might consider buying 2 2gbs or 2 4gbs if they seriously recommend not mixing RAMs.

after taking into account the RAM matching issue and did some further digging, I found this site http://www.villman.com/Product-Detai...KVR1333D3S9_4G which sells in the Philippines. I need your opinion. Is this good? I'm hesitant about the ValueRam label. Buying from Crucial would still be cheaper but they still have not given me a reply about my shipping concern (which I think would be definitely costly due to the fact it will be shipped internationally).
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06 Feb 2011   #14
thefabe

Windows 7 ultimate 64 bit / XP Home sp3
 
 

My opinion is your link is to Value Ram. Value Ram is usually Ram that has been binned as just meeting the speed and timing requirement to sell as that.

I would recommend always to go with a Branded Ram form a major manufacturer and in match sets tested together to run at the speeds they are advertised as.
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06 Feb 2011   #15
jaypels

7 all the way!
 
 

The ValueRam series is from Kingston. I think that is their "economy" category which supplies on par or sub par speeds which is why they sell it at lower costs. I'm not sure so that is why I am asking for opinions because maybe someone has an experience on this one,
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06 Feb 2011   #16
thefabe

Windows 7 ultimate 64 bit / XP Home sp3
 
 

Generally Value Ram does it's job, but if your looking for stability, longer life and better overall preformance why not spend a few extra bucks and get some quality Ram?

To me buying value Ram would be like going to the grocery store and instead of buying Green Giant corn I buy the store brand. I't's basically the same only not up to the Giants standards so they can it pack it and stick the store label on it.
But that's just how I feel about it.
Fabe
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06 Feb 2011   #17
jaypels

7 all the way!
 
 

That's exactly what I feel so I was immediately hesitant. I'm still looking for local suppliers and still waiting for Crucial's reply though.
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