A RAM upgrade is the panacea for many computer system ills. While a memory upgrade won’t improve the speed of a computer on its own. It will help your laptop avoid bottlenecks when running more than one memory intensive program. If you experience delayed response or crashes more frequently when using programs like Photoshop, Aptana Studio or even sandbox games like GTA and Fallout. It could be time to upgrade RAM. Random Access Memory is the short-term memory your laptop uses to run programs, open files, and process changes to those files. When there isn’t enough left for other programs, the result is slowdowns, freezes, even crashes.
1. Faster Browsing
Modern websites contain large images and embedded videos that play automatically once the page loads. And many can cleverly bypass your browser settings. Even popup-blockers are powerless against half a dozen animated banner ads, streaming audio and animated gifs popping-up.
While more RAM won’t eliminate their sneaky tactics. A major incentive for adding more RAM is performance gains. Even with the fastest CPU and the world’s best internet connection. Without enough RAM, your laptop will slow down to crawl and even crash in the face of all this. More RAM will prevent your system from becoming overwhelmed by all the information coming in.
And after a memory upgrade, you’ll notice that your laptop is able to zip through processes like loading a web browser and flash content, regardless of the Internet connection speed.
2. More Efficient Multitasking
The performance of any computer system can be slowed down by having more than one web page open. A major blessing of additional RAM is the multitasking abilities that come with it.
Working on your laptop often means you have more than one tab open. Memory intensive programs like Microsoft Word, browsing the web and multiple websites (some of which might be running videos) are all responsible for eating up system RAM. And when all the memory space is used up and you go to open a new program. The system resorts to using the virtual memory on the storage drive. The result? A slow laptop.
Upgrading RAM gives you the immediate benefit of alleviating the bottlenecks that compromise performance and result in system crashes. What the addition RAM does for your laptop in this scenario is prevent your system from becoming overwhelmed by resource heavy applications and large files so that things keep running smoothly by not having to rely on the storage drive.
3. More Program Availability
Some programs require a predetermined amount of memory to run properly. By adding more RAM to your system, you’re giving these programs more headroom to run optimally.
4. Enhanced Gaming
Gaming on a laptop is much easier than gaming on a smartphone. Today’s 3D games are graphics intensive, offering hyper realism and fully immersive environments. And the rise of VR gaming increases the demands on both the CPU and RAM exponentially.
Increasing the amount of available RAM in your laptop means that games run more smoothly with improved response times, fewer jerky movements with cleaner and brighter images. Adding more RAM even offers a boon for 3D rendering capabilities.
Again, and while a proper graphics card is perhaps the single most important component of a gaming laptop. With sufficient RAM, even cheap laptops can keep up with the latest advances in gaming. And without enough RAM, no graphics card in the world can deliver the smooth, seamless performance and clear, crisp images you want from your gaming experience.
5. More Effective Video Editing
If you do any video editing, you know how the process can really slow down your laptop. Adding more can greatly improve performance. Editing a handful of 15 second pieces into one 5-minute video may not seem like a big deal. But a single 15 second video can eat up as much as 30 to 40 MB (megabytes).
Not only does your system need to keep all the source files open. But it’s responsible for keeping up with all the changes you make between Saves. And that doesn’t even account for all the RAM the editing program you’re using is devouring. More RAM will reduce the sluggish performance you’ve been experiencing virtually reducing, even eliminating future crashes.
6. Network Enhancements
If your laptop is connected to a network either in your home or at the office. You’ll observe a boost in capabilities after a RAM upgrade. And this enhanced network capability extends to networks that share a printer.
7. Better Printing
Printing bottlenecks happen when you routinely need to print large files. Agonizingly slow printing can be remedied by upgrading the amount of available RAM in your laptop. This will give the system the ability to buffer the print data more effectively, thereby enabling you to print larger, more hi-resolution images faster.
To Sum Up
Will adding more RAM to your laptop make it faster? Not necessarily. At least not alone. But it will help the performance of other components like the CPU, thereby delivering improved performance. Even cheap laptops like Chromebooks and Windows laptops that compete with them can benefit from the addition of RAM. This especially true of 64-bit systems. But you have to respect the law of diminishing returns when it comes to exactly how much RAM you add to your laptop. Upgrading RAM will give your laptop more room so that it’s not overwhelmed by the process that normally slow it down.