Notebook Memory, a buyers guide......

Notebook Memory – A buyers guide…

 At Ortial we are regularly asked "how much memory do I need?" Sounds a simple question, but in essence it really depends on what you are using your machine for.

Before we get into our recommendations (and yes there are as many opinions as there are laptops!), let's look at some of reasons why this component of your system has such a big impact on performance.

What is memory/RAM and why is it needed?

Random Access Memory (RAM) is an ultrafast category of PC memory that temporarily stores information the Central Processing Unit (CPU) needs immediately (or in the near future). Data is stored here for very short periods of time typically and can be accessed much quicker than even your SSD (where we store information that is needed long term).

Random Access Memory (RAM) role is to ensure that information sent to the Central Processing Unit (CPU) can be read immediately – This makes for a quick system!

Why does not having enough memory/RAM slow my system down?

When RAM fills up, it forces the CPU to spend extra time fetching data from your systems Hard drive or SSD which causes your system to slow down.

For the majority of users, the first consideration when purchasing RAM is probably going to be capacity (how much) as most programs, but especially games, will have a minimum requirement to run effectively. So we just go with the minimum right?  Not exactly, imagine you are typing a report and you open office, but you want to drop in an image from the web and you also have multiple applications running in the background; Word, Excel, multiple browser tabs etc. There will be a compound effect on the amount of memory needed as its very unlikely you will be only running a single application at any time. So increasing capacity will certainly help with multitasking.

What are the advantages of adding more memory/RAM to my notebook PC?

RAM is fundamentally the memory used to manage multiple tasks on your PC. It benefits the user by allowing the computer to run operations without seeing a decline in performance. The amount of RAM can inhibit the speed and performance of a computer. Here are a few of the positive impacts adding more memory/RAM to your PC will have:

  • Faster start up and shut down of the computer
  • Avoid computer slowdowns - multitaskers benefit from a memory/RAM upgrade because more memory means more programs can be run at one time.
  • Helps avoid bottlenecking and the need to use the hard drive for memory
  • More program availability - your PC will be able to run programs that it may have been unable to run before
  • Faster browsing - web browsers run faster and flash content opens faster 
  • Network enhancement - boosts network capacities including printing. 
  • Better gaming - smoother game running, faster response times, improved visuals, better 3D rendering capabilities

Our recommendations 

 

BASIC

(web Browsing)

MID RANGE

(Run multiple apps – Office & multiple browser tabs)

HIGH END

(Video or photo editing)

HOME OFFICE

4GB

8GB

16GB

 

 

BASIC

(Low Graphically intensive titles)

MID RANGE

(Most games)

HIGH END

(Live streaming Games)

GAMING

8GB

16GB

32GB

 

 

BASIC

(Video or Photo Editing)

MID RANGE

(CAD/ Renders)

HIGH END

(Simulations, complex CAD)

WORK STATION

16GB

32GB

64GB+

At Ortial we stock a large range (over 5000 lines) of RAM as well as SSDs to help speed up your system, from basic laptops to high-end workstations and servers. Whatever your requirement we have it covered! Browse our broad portfolio of products and get in touch with our team of experts to discuss your requirements.