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Windows 7: Help with RAM and laptop question please

14 Nov 2009   #21
ignatzatsonic

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Did you go from a total of 1 GB ram to a total of 4 GB ram??

I wouldn't be surprised if you don't notice a difference or only rarely notice a difference. For all I know, your system never used all of the original 1 GB. If that were the case, moving up to 4 is not going to help.

Did you use the CPU/RAM gadget available from the start menu to track your CPU and RAM usage? If not, you can start now. If you see RAM usage under 25% or so with 4 GB installed, that means you have 3 GB unused. If you regularly see RAM usage above 25%, that would mean you are getting into the new RAM.

I have 4 GB installed and rarely see 30% RAM usage.


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15 Nov 2009   #22
shortmantuff

Windows 7 Home Premium x86
 
 

I was usually above 30% on 2gb of RAM. I upgraded to 4gb even though I can really only use 3gb. If you read the forum, you probably already know that I upgraded to 4gb because they told me to get the same brand of memory. Now I can have more programs open though, so that's a bonus.
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16 Nov 2009   #23
Darryl Licht

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit Steve Ballmer Signature Edition
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by shortmantuff View Post
Well, just received the RAM in the mail today, and installed it and it installed fine. Recognized right away. Kind of bummed though. I was expecting it to load applications faster, and I can't really tell a difference. I'll keep checking to see if it does get better. As of now, iTunes and Firefox loads about the same speed, but CCleaner did load super fast, so undecided still.
Seat of the pants performance may not be noticeable but you will get better performance from 2x RAM... what benchmarking apps did you run before and after?
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16 Nov 2009   #24
shortmantuff

Windows 7 Home Premium x86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Darryl Licht View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by shortmantuff View Post
Well, just received the RAM in the mail today, and installed it and it installed fine. Recognized right away. Kind of bummed though. I was expecting it to load applications faster, and I can't really tell a difference. I'll keep checking to see if it does get better. As of now, iTunes and Firefox loads about the same speed, but CCleaner did load super fast, so undecided still.
Seat of the pants performance may not be noticeable but you will get better performance from 2x RAM... what benchmarking apps did you run before and after?
I'm not sure what "benchmarking" means but I just looked at how fast a program opened (iTunes and Firefox took about the same time to open). Not completely sure if more RAM would help this or not, but I thought it would.
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16 Nov 2009   #25
Darryl Licht

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Honestly if you went from 2GB to 4GB you should notice a little speed difference... but a benchmarking program would prove it!

Plenty of em out there... Passmark.... Sisoft Sandra... many, many out there! Try this thing called Google.
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16 Nov 2009   #26
shortmantuff

Windows 7 Home Premium x86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Darryl Licht View Post
Honestly if you went from 2GB to 4GB you should notice a little speed difference... but a benchmarking program would prove it!

Plenty of em out there... Passmark.... Sisoft Sandra... many, many out there! Try this thing called Google.
By google, you just mean searching on google? Would it make the searches come up faster? I don't understand what you are saying...
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16 Nov 2009   #27
Darryl Licht

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit Steve Ballmer Signature Edition
 
 

No I meant try googling benchmarking software and apps...!

LOL!

But you should have run before... and afte,r you installed your RAM!
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16 Nov 2009   #28
shortmantuff

Windows 7 Home Premium x86
 
 

Yeah. Too late for that. I'm sure it will be faster, just haven't really seen a big difference yet. I'll keep looking.
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