Hey there! Sign in to join this conversationNew here? Join for free
    Offline

    1
    ReputationRep:
    Could have saved yourself a lot of time and used google. Tip for the future.
    Offline

    13
    (Original post by ChaoticButterfly)
    RAM is a type of memory that is like a temporary storage for your computer's processor (the brain) to "think". When the computer is turned off it all disappears. The more RAM you have the faster your PC can run things. If you had 2GB of RAM that software would run more slowly or not at all.
    Really?

    I didn't know about that.

    Posted from TSR Mobile
    Offline

    2
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by Impressive)
    Really?

    I didn't know about that.

    Posted from TSR Mobile
    That's not really true. Computer speed is limited by many factors and more RAM only means you'll be able to run more things at the same time. For a normal laptop 8GB is overkill and 4 is fine.
    Offline

    20
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by WinterDucky)
    That's not really true. Computer speed is limited by many factors and more RAM only means you'll be able to run more things at the same time. For a normal laptop 8GB is overkill and 4 is fine.
    Yeah there are other factors but try running a Crisis on 512mb of RAM
    • Study Helper
    • Welcome Squad
    Offline

    18
    ReputationRep:
    Study Helper
    Welcome Squad
    (Original post by Bigdobber)
    Larger isn't always better,it's how you use it
    :facepalm:
    Offline

    20
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by Andy98)
    RAM is kinda like your laptop's short term memory. In this case it means that the laptop would handle the programme that needs 1GB with no problem. It will struggle to run the two programmes at the same time - I personally would recommend a laptop with 8GB RAM.
    *program
    • Study Helper
    • Welcome Squad
    Offline

    18
    ReputationRep:
    Study Helper
    Welcome Squad
    (Original post by morgan8002)
    *program
    Thought so, but I saw OP had used programme
    Offline

    3
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by WinterDucky)
    That's not really true. Computer speed is limited by many factors and more RAM only means you'll be able to run more things at the same time. For a normal laptop 8GB is overkill and 4 is fine.
    You're right.

    More RAM doesn't mean your computer is faster (this is a common misconception) . It means that you will be able to run more programs at the same time (or use more memory intensive programs like perhaps Premiere, AE, and Maya) before your computer begins using virtual memory from the storage drive, which is actually what causes the slowdown.

    Posted from TSR Mobile
    • Political Ambassador
    Offline

    20
    ReputationRep:
    Political Ambassador
    It's what I do to Reeeeyah every weekend :mmm:
    • Study Helper
    • Welcome Squad
    Offline

    18
    ReputationRep:
    Study Helper
    Welcome Squad
    (Original post by WoodyMKC)
    It's what I do to Reeeeyah every weekend :mmm:
    Yeah yeah:rolleyes:

    Posted from TSR Mobile
    • Political Ambassador
    Offline

    20
    ReputationRep:
    Political Ambassador
    (Original post by Andy98)
    Yeah, yeah

    Posted from TSR Mobile
    That's what she says :rofl:
    • Political Ambassador
    Offline

    20
    ReputationRep:
    Political Ambassador
    (Original post by ChaoticButterfly)
    RAM is a type of memory that is like a temporary storage for your computer's processor (the brain) to "think". When the computer is turned off it all disappears. The more RAM you have the faster your PC can run things. If you had 2GB of RAM that software would run more slowly or not at all.

    I think you are confusing it with hard drive memory or some other form of permanent storage. That's the space that gets used up permanently when you install new software.
    Not really mate, I mean if all your memory is being used then that will inevitably slow things down but generally, if you're currently using 3GB worth of memory and had 4GB of RAM, increasing the RAM to 8 or even 16GB isn't going to increase performance. Similar to how a dual core processor won't automatically outperform a quad core processor like some people think it would, it just has more cores to better deal with more processes - if you were only running one major process then the performance difference between a dual and quad core of the same speeds and similar infrastructure would be negligible.

    The speed and infrastructure of your processor as well as the type of storage drive your OS and programs are on (an SSD for example will greatly outperform a standard HDD for anyone wondering what I mean by this) are ultimately the main difference makers in general performance, though of course a lot of people tend to multitask these days so it's nice to have the extra ram and cores. 8GB of RAM is more than enough for most people, though, and they could do just fine with 4GB.
    Offline

    20
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by WoodyMKC)
    Not really mate, I mean if all your memory is being used then that will inevitably slow things down but generally, if you're currently using 3GB worth of memory and had 4GB of RAM, increasing the RAM to 8 or even 16GB isn't going to increase performance. Similar to how a dual core processor won't automatically outperform a quad core processor like some people think it would, it just has more cores to better deal with more processes - if you were only running one major process then the performance difference between a dual and quad core of the same speeds and similar infrastructure would be negligible.

    The speed and infrastructure of your processor as well as the type of storage drive your OS and programs are on (an SSD for example will greatly outperform a standard HDD for anyone wondering what I mean by this) are ultimately the main difference makers in general performance, though of course a lot of people tend to multitask these days so it's nice to have the extra ram and cores. 8GB of RAM is more than enough for most people, though, and they could do just fine with 4GB.
    Yes but the OP doesn't need as an in depth explanation as that. RAM is more of performance thing, it isn't where your programs are stored permanently, that's what I was trying to get across. It's all about bottle necks. You'd be an idiot to buy an uber Core i7 intesivly over clocked and only have 1GB of RAM. You could have a high end CPU but be relying on an inbuilt GPU. It isn't going to run intensive games.
    • Very Important Poster
    Offline

    19
    Very Important Poster
    (Original post by maths_4_life)
    Oh ok so this step up with the two programmes on the 4gb ram lap top would be fine? And I could use them both at the same time if I wanted to?


    Posted from TSR Mobile
    Yes it will be absolutely fine. laptops are difficult to upgrade, but ram is he one easy thing. You can do it at a later date.
    • Political Ambassador
    Offline

    20
    ReputationRep:
    Political Ambassador
    (Original post by ChaoticButterfly)
    Yes but the OP doesn't need as an in depth explanation as that. RAM is more of performance thing, it isn't where your programs are stored permanently, that's what I was trying to get across. It's all about bottle necks. You'd be an idiot to buy an uber Core i7 intesivly over clocked and only have 1GB of RAM. You could have a high end CPU but be relying on an inbuilt GPU. It isn't going to run intensive games.
    For sure, but your post came across like you were suggesting that more RAM = better performance, just felt the need to clarify things before the OP went out and got all the RAM she can get her hands on :rofl:
    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    2
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by morgan8002)
    *program
    This is the American spelling of programme


    Posted from TSR Mobile
    Offline

    20
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by maths_4_life)
    This is the American spelling of programme


    Posted from TSR Mobile
    Yep. There are rare situations where British English inherits terms from American English.
    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    2
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by morgan8002)
    Yep. There are rare situations where British English inherits terms from American English.
    Ahhh ok


    Posted from TSR Mobile
    • Political Ambassador
    Offline

    20
    ReputationRep:
    Political Ambassador
    (Original post by maths_4_life)
    This is the American spelling of programme


    Posted from TSR Mobile
    Program is used in the terms of a computer application even in the Queen's English, programme is used in every other sense of the word
    • Very Important Poster
    Offline

    19
    Very Important Poster
    (Original post by WoodyMKC)
    Program is used in the terms of a computer application even in the Queen's English, programme is used in every other sense of the word
    Absolutely.
 
 
 
Reply
Submit reply
TSR Support Team

We have a brilliant team of more than 60 Support Team members looking after discussions on The Student Room, helping to make it a fun, safe and useful place to hang out.

Updated: March 28, 2016
Poll
Do you agree with the PM's proposal to cut tuition fees for some courses?
Useful resources

The Student Room, Get Revising and Marked by Teachers are trading names of The Student Room Group Ltd.

Register Number: 04666380 (England and Wales), VAT No. 806 8067 22 Registered Office: International House, Queens Road, Brighton, BN1 3XE

Write a reply...
Reply
Hide
Reputation gems: You get these gems as you gain rep from other members for making good contributions and giving helpful advice.