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“So exactly how much RAM do I need to get my work done this year?”
Before we answer this question, let’s find out some basic information about RAM.
Computer terminologies can be a little confusing at times. You hear of Memory, RAM, Internal storage, etc. What is what, and what does what? Before we go any further, lets handle the fundamental question first. What is memory in a computer?
Computer memory is any physical device capable of storing information temporarily or permanently. The term computer memory is used especially when describing Random Access Memory (RAM). So when someone says ,”My computer has 8 Gigs of memory,” what he means is 8 GB of RAM.
RAM is a volatile memory that stores information on an integrated circuit used by the operating system, software, and hardware. It stores short term memory used to store running programs and data that is frequently and quickly needed by the processor. Data stored in RAM can be written randomly without regard to order.
Types of RAM
The two main type of RAM are Dynamic RAM (DRAM) and Static RAM (SRAM). DRAM is the main memory of a computer, which is our focus here, while SRAM is a high speed RAM used mainly for Cache Memory.
Modern computers use several types of DRAM. Before 2002, most computers used single data rate (SDR) RAM. Most computers made since then use either Double Data Rate Two (DDR2), DDR3, or DDR4 RAM. In most computers today, you’ll find DDR3 and DDR4 RAM.
One thing you should note is that RAM does not increase the speed of a machine, but rather makes it able to handle more commands/ task that are required by the processor at once.
How much RAM do I need?
The amount of RAM one needs depends on what tasks they are engaging in. Light tasks such as media consumption and typing only need but a little RAM, with as low as 2 GB being sufficient. However, if you’re a basic all round user with moderate demands, you should be safe with 4 GB of RAM (although 8GB will guarantee better results). 8 GB is quite sufficient for light gaming and video editing (with say Windows Movie Maker).
How much RAM do I need for Gaming?
Now that we’ve established how much RAM we need for most ordinary task, you might be wondering, “Just home much RAM do I need for Gaming?” 8 GB is what we recommend.
As your demands get heavier, your need for more RAM increases. Most gaming will play sufficiently well with only 4GB of RAM (at 1080p), although frame rates will improve significantly at 8GB. However, since games keep evolving and getting more sophisticated with time, you may consider going with 16Gigs of RAM. While this is not an absolute necessity, it will future proof your machine into the future with the increasing sophistry of games.
Tasks such as professional Video editing will require a minimum of 32 GB, with best results playing at an excess of 64 GB. Getting a laptop with such specs is not a walk in the park, and will probably cost you more than you’re willing to spend. It’ll be far cheaper to acquire a desktop computer instead – you’ll get more value with that.
Does RAM Speed really matter?
So, you probably might be wondering whether RAM speed matters. Watch this video to find out.