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RAM upgrade, what's the real difference?

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#1 norwood781


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Posted 21 July 2010 - 11:55 AM

So I am going to be upgrading the RAM in my netbook from 1 to 2GB.

I'm pretty fond G.Skill RAM, as I have 4GB of it in my desktop.

My question is, is there a huge difference between going with PC2 6400 or PC2 5300? One is slightly more expensive than the other, for obvious reasons...speed. But will it make a difference in a netbook used mostly for browsing, emailing etc?

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#2 hamluis



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Posted 21 July 2010 - 05:41 PM

This is an oversimplification...

RAM speed...must be in line with whatever the motherboard supports.

If the board only supports speed X at an optimum...it's a waste of time to install RAM with speed Y, unless you intend to try to overclock, IMO.

FWIW: Sometimes, higher speed RAM is cheaper...in which case, it should be bought/installed. The system/motherboard determines the speed at which it can operate.


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Posted 21 July 2010 - 05:48 PM

Also, will you be removing existing memory and replacing it completely? If not and retained RAM is PC2-5300, that will set the speed anyway even if you add a PC2-6400 DIMM and the board could run the higher speed.

And either way, I'd say no, there wouldn't be any detectable difference in system performance between those memory speeds in a netbook doing browsing & emails.

Edited by Platypus, 21 July 2010 - 05:50 PM.

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#4 matt08


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Posted 22 July 2010 - 12:16 AM

depends on the price of ram. Higher spec ram CAN run at lower speed. if PC2-6400 is cheaper, then go for it. Speed wise: no significant changes as limit would be the processor for a netbook

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