If your computer is running slow or you are unable to run certain programs you may have considered at some point upgrading the memory in your laptop. What most people don’t realise is that a laptop memory upgrade is probably the best thing you can do for your laptop and when taken into consideration the performance increase upgrading memory can give it is probably also the cheapest.
Memory (RAM) is one of the most important things in your laptop and you really can never have too much of it with the latest operating systems. In previous operating systems the amount of memory that could be used was limited to about 3.5GB but with the release of the Windows 7 64 Bit operating system the amount of memory that they can support and use has increased 20+ times that of the old systems.
So why should you look at doing that laptop memory upgrade? Well here are a few good reasons
If I was advising anyone on a memory upgrade this would be my main reason.
Memory prices have always fluctuated but more recently it has been relatively cheap to do a laptop memory upgrade as the supply of memory has far outstripped the demand meaning that prices are the lowest we have seen in years and to the end of last year hit rock bottom. You can pick up 8GB of Corsair PC3-10666 very cheap on Amazon
Now though those prices are on the rise again due to businesses recovering from slumps over the past couple of years especially in Asia. Prices WILL rise again to possibly even 50% more than they currently are. So get in early and save yourself some money.
Boot time and program load time speed increase
The main reason for upgrading has to be the speed boost that it can give. The memory passes data around between the hard drive and the processor and the more you have the more it can do at once. 90% of people who perform a laptop memory upgrade will notice an improvement in the overall speed of their computer (The 10% been those that either have other issues with their computer running slow or who are already running a large amount of memory)
Most consumer laptops and desktops are not built with the maximum memory. In fact most are built with only 50% or less of the maximum they can accommodate. Laptops usually have two slots for the memory and some laptops may have more banks.
As an example a laptop I recently bought my wife came with 4GB of memory but when I looked into the specification of the laptop I saw that it could support 8GB. I opened up the laptop and saw that there was an empty slot. I went out and picked up another 4GB of RAM for only £15 ($25) and now the laptop has 8GB of ram and is performing much quicker.
Quicker video processing and improved gaming experience
Video processing and gaming are both processes that are very memory intensive. Although both are tied into your video card too you should see some improvement.
One of the problems with having low memory is that the laptop starts to struggle when it comes to multitasking as it has to share its limited memory around. By performing a memory upgrade you are essentially increasing the pool of memory to go around. This speeds up the running of all programs and stops the freezing that you are probably familiar with.
Although this is sometimes debated I tend to agree that increasing the memory offers quicker browsing speeds. Websites present a lot of media nowadays in terms of flash videos, images, animations and that all has to got through your RAM so it does give you an increase in browsing speed.
Conclusion and where and how to buy
It is not until after you have done a laptop memory upgrade that you realise the full benefits of it and how cheap it is in terms of the performance boost you can get.
With memory prices as they are there is no better time to get that memory boost.
It does not need to be hard work either as most memory comes with instructions and is very simple to install. (How to install laptop memory video) Most memory providers supply a form via their website that allows you to put your model number in and get both the maximum memory for your system and gives you details on compatible memory.
Alternatively you can use their handy tool to scan your system and get:
- Current amount of memory
- Maximum memory supported
- List of compatible memory
- links to purchase compatible memory
Links to a couple of these tools can be found below:
Crucial.com/uk Memory Tool (Select System scanner to scan your system)
4All Memory scanning tool (Select check my system)
This does not mean you have to buy memory from these suppliers you can always shop around and look at memory on Amazon or other sites once you have the type of memory you require to see if you can get a better price on the memory.
If a laptop memory upgrade is not something you can do or you are already at you maximum and you still want to try and get more out of your laptop you may find SSD another way to get a performance boost out of your laptop.
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