Memory Buying Guide
tips and recommendations to get the most out of your laptop.
- Windows 7 & Vista - 4GB+
- Windows XP - 2GB+
- Mac OS X - 2GB+
- Windows 7 & Vista - 2 GB
- Windows XP - 1 GB
- Mac OS X - 1 GB
A Look At Laptop Memory
today's demanding mobile computing environment sporting the right
amount of memory is crucial if you want to perform at optimum
is especially true for the majority of you will be running the memory
demanding Microsoft Windows operating system.
as many of you may
already know, the latest Microsoft Windows 7 and Vista operating
systems are more demanding on laptop memory capacity then any previous
version to date.
Compared to any
previous Windows OS without a doubt Vista is a glutton for memory.
Windows 7 has improved over Vista but it still runs best with
lots of memory.
and security features contribute to this huge demand for memory among
many other changes.
If you want to get
peak performance out of a new or
computer you will definitely need plenty of memory to meet these
Add to Vista's memory
demands the requirements for today's complex applications and you have
yourself absolute memory overload.
Many of you Apple
folks on the other hand can rejoice for the average user's memory
requirements are not at all steep compared to Vista or even Windows 7.
the plus side to all of this however, knowing how much you need is
pretty simple these days, and we are going to point you in the right
As a general rule of
thumb Windows 7 and Windows Vista work fairly well
least 2GB but more is definitely better for these newer operating
systems. 4GB is the real sweet spot for both Windows 7 and Windows
do recommend at an absolute bare minimum 2GB of laptop memory for any
Windows Vista computer period, but even then the OS isn't going to run
to its full potential so with memory prices being so low it makes sense
to go for 2GB or more instead. Anything less than 2GB with Windows
Vista and you will literally
along at snails pace.
Windows 7 is another
story for Microsoft
Windows 7 compared to Windows Vista. 2GB will actually drive Windows 7
nicely, though again 4GB or more is ideal, especially since laptop
memory prices have fallen so low. In fact, you won't find too many
laptops with less than 4GB today.
Windows XP based laptops you will want at least 1GB but 2GB is still
XP systems with 512 MB should be the
absolute bare minimum but 1GB is a better minimum base configuration in
our opinion, though as usual 2GB or more is preferred even for XP. Of
course you won't be finding any new laptops offered with XP these days
but we've decided to add these recommendations just in case you go for
a refurbished laptop.
however with a grain of salt, for you specific demands may be higher
and you will need to adjust accordingly. Other resources throughout the
site will help you pinpoint your exact needs even further.
of you gamers, multimedia, and other power users should go for at least
4GB, preferably 6GB if you want to get peak performance out of your
laptop. Everyone else our recommended amount of laptop memory should be
Most of you Apple fans
can actually get
by with 1GB, but we recommend at least 2GB for a better computing
experience. Most Apple laptops will come with no less than 2GB these
days anyways. And for all you Apple power users, we
recommend you purchase as much as you can afford, and no less than 4GB.
This is especially
true for professional audio or video editors who use apps such as Final
Cut Pro or Pro Tools.
speed isn't as crucial as memory capacity but definitely do not
overlook it, especially if you have options when configuring a new
The various laptop
these days typically bundle their laptops with similar memory speeds
depending on current industry standards, trends, etc. As of this
writing for example, DDR3 memory at 667MHz and 800MHz is a common
speed that you'll encounter.
When buying a new
laptop computer we
recommend you compare the different speeds that the different
manufacturers are offering at the time of your research. More than
likely you will see similar speeds offered across the board.
to this often come when customizing gaming laptops however.
Manufacturers of gaming laptops, especially on the high-end, typically
offer faster memory than the average mainstream laptop manufacturers
because the gamer crowd is paying a price premium for ultimate
Keep in mind that if
speed comes with too much of a price premium, your cash will be better
spent for more laptop memory or other upgrades.
memory is very crucial to any computers operation so pay close
attention to you options, especially when purchasing a new laptop
Remember that memory
capacity is more important than memory speed and it will improve laptop
performance more often than faster chips, especially when working with
complex applications or many apps simultaneously. Don't overlook speed
however if you have options.
follow our recommendations we are confident that you will be on the
correct path to dominating your day to day digital lifestyle.
Don't forget to check
out our other website resources for we have tons more great laptop
information for you.
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