Thread: RAM Upgrade

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    RAM Upgrade

    Hey guys, I'm looking to upgrade my RAM. I'm not too good with hardware choices and was looking to get some advice. What do I need to look at when getting RAM. I have Win7, 64-bit so I know the max is 16GB. I already have 8 gigs of RAM and want to max it out. I heard it's better to get 2x 4 gigs instead of 1x8 gigs, but I'm not sure on that. If necessary I could replace my current RAM as well, so if you think I should replace them, tell me please ^^.

    Also how important is the frequency? I'm including the first part of a DxDiag so you can see my current specs and help me out here. Thanks in advance.

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    System Information
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    Time of this report: 11/24/2012, 22:00:01
           Machine name: ~~~~~~-PC
       Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit (6.1, Build 7601) Service Pack 1 (7601.win7sp1_gdr.120830-0333)
               Language: Dutch (Regional Setting: Dutch)
    System Manufacturer: System manufacturer
           System Model: System Product Name
                   BIOS: BIOS Date: 02/05/10 19:13:52 Ver: 08.00.10
              Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-2600 CPU @ 3.40GHz (8 CPUs), ~3.4GHz
                 Memory: 8192MB RAM
    Available OS Memory: 8170MB RAM
              Page File: 8494MB used, 7843MB available
            Windows Dir: C:\windows
        DirectX Version: DirectX 11
    DX Setup Parameters: Not found
       User DPI Setting: Using System DPI
     System DPI Setting: 96 DPI (100 percent)
        DWM DPI Scaling: Disabled
         DxDiag Version: 6.01.7601.17514 64bit Unicode
    My Current RAM:

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    RAM
    		Memory slots
    			Total memory slots	4
    			Used memory slots	2
    			Free memory slots	2
    		Memory
    			Type	DDR3
    			Size	8192 MBytes
    			Channels #	Dual
    			DRAM Frequency	669.0 MHz
    			CAS# Latency (CL)	9 clocks
    			RAS# to CAS# Delay (tRCD)	9 clocks
    			RAS# Precharge (tRP)	9 clocks
    			Cycle Time (tRAS)	24 clocks
    			Command Rate (CR)	1T
    		Physical Memory
    			Memory Usage	76 %
    			Total Physical	7.98 GB
    			Available Physical	1.86 GB
    			Total Virtual	8.00 TB
    			Available Virtual	3.79 GB
    		SPD
    			Number Of SPD Modules	2
    				Slot #1
    					Type	DDR3
    					Size	4096 MBytes
    					Manufacturer	Corsair
    					Max Bandwidth	PC3-10700H (667 MHz)
    					Part Number	CMX8GX3M2A1600C9  
    					SPD Ext.	EPP
    						XMP--2
    							Frequency
    						JEDEC #4
    							Frequency	666.7 MHz
    							CAS# Latency	9.0
    							RAS# To CAS#	9
    							RAS# Precharge	9
    							tRAS	24
    							tRC	34
    							Voltage	1.500 V
    						JEDEC #3
    							Frequency	592.6 MHz
    							CAS# Latency	8.0
    							RAS# To CAS#	8
    							RAS# Precharge	8
    							tRAS	22
    							tRC	30
    							Voltage	1.500 V
    						JEDEC #2
    							Frequency	518.5 MHz
    							CAS# Latency	7.0
    							RAS# To CAS#	7
    							RAS# Precharge	7
    							tRAS	19
    							tRC	27
    							Voltage	1.500 V
    						JEDEC #1
    							Frequency	444.4 MHz
    							CAS# Latency	6.0
    							RAS# To CAS#	6
    							RAS# Precharge	6
    							tRAS	16
    							tRC	23
    							Voltage	1.500 V
    				Slot #2
    					Type	DDR3
    					Size	4096 MBytes
    					Manufacturer	Corsair
    					Max Bandwidth	PC3-10700H (667 MHz)
    					Part Number	CMX8GX3M2A1600C9  
    					SPD Ext.	EPP
    						XMP--2
    							Frequency
    						JEDEC #4
    							Frequency	666.7 MHz
    							CAS# Latency	9.0
    							RAS# To CAS#	9
    							RAS# Precharge	9
    							tRAS	24
    							tRC	34
    							Voltage	1.500 V
    						JEDEC #3
    							Frequency	592.6 MHz
    							CAS# Latency	8.0
    							RAS# To CAS#	8
    							RAS# Precharge	8
    							tRAS	22
    							tRC	30
    							Voltage	1.500 V
    						JEDEC #2
    							Frequency	518.5 MHz
    							CAS# Latency	7.0
    							RAS# To CAS#	7
    							RAS# Precharge	7
    							tRAS	19
    							tRC	27
    							Voltage	1.500 V
    						JEDEC #1
    							Frequency	444.4 MHz
    							CAS# Latency	6.0
    							RAS# To CAS#	6
    							RAS# Precharge	6
    							tRAS	16
    							tRC	23
    							Voltage	1.500 V

  2. #2
    You have currently two plain normal 4GB 1333MHz CL9 sticks of RAM. RAM should be added in even number of sticks (2 or 4) because the dual channel feature increases CPU memory access speed quite notably, that's why 2x4 instead of 1x8.

    Also adding more RAM after 8GB will do big fat zero in performance in a typical gaming computer. Only if you're running multiple virtual machines or like to keep photoshop, after effects and 100 tabs of web browser open all at the same time you need more RAM in your computer.
    Never going to log into this garbage forum again as long as calling obvious troll obvious troll is the easiest way to get banned.
    Trolling should be.

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    why did you think ram is the part you should be upgrading? (don't see any reason to go beyond 8gb unless specific software speeds up with it)

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    My RAM has been getting 'full' a lot recently, I checked in Task messenger. I run a browser with tons of tabs open + wow + spotify. That's why I thought it might be a good idea. ^^

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    resource management issue rather than hardware one imo. (spotify is a memory hog but no reason to max 8gb, wow uses 2gb tops so that leaves allot of tabs open with active processes which is just bad )

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    a great site to go to for the best suitable upgrade for your RAM dilemma would go to crucial.com they have a diagnostic that scans your computer and gives you the best upgrade for your ram that you would need. good luck!

  7. #7
    Quote Originally Posted by zaheer12a View Post
    My RAM has been getting 'full' a lot recently, I checked in Task messenger. I run a browser with tons of tabs open + wow + spotify. That's why I thought it might be a good idea. ^^
    Are you looking at RAM available or free? It's a mistake even veteran IT reporters have made, and made themselves target of public ridicule.

    "Available" includes Windows caches that can be dropped immediately when some program asks for more RAM, while "free" gives the number without cache.
    Never going to log into this garbage forum again as long as calling obvious troll obvious troll is the easiest way to get banned.
    Trolling should be.

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