8GB or 12GB RAM?

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8 GB or 12 GB memory?

  1. 8GB

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  1. KnackHD

    KnackHD Member

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    So I just got a new laptop with 1 RAM slot empty and 1 4GB RAM soldered to motherboard. The maximum amount memory supported by the motherboard is 12GB. So I can either buy another 4GB stick and make it 8 GB or maxed out the memory to 12 GB by buying an 8 GB stick.

    In my country the price for 4GB ddr4 sodimm memory is around 40$ and the price for 8 GB is around 61$. So what should I buy?
     
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  2. Sethnix

    Sethnix Well-Known Member

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    I would go with 12gb
     
  3. Rapacity

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    Depends with what you are doing the laptop. 12gb isn't really necessary for most activities.
     
  4. chloroform

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    8 gb is enough for everyday tasks but if you want to play triple a games or do some heavier tasks, more is better.
     
  5. Traveling Chef

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    for 20$ more its better to just go with the 8gb stick
     
  6. Guradu Gilgida

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    Bigger better...?
     
  7. Shadowwalker

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    you probably won't notice the difference between 8 and 12 (unless you run something very resource heavy) you can just buy the bigger one if you have the money for it otherwise 8gb is fine.
     
  8. Lordie Grim

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    buy 8 gb. who needs 12 gb?
     
  9. ContagioCuriositas

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    Bigger would be better yes BUT in modern mainboards it is more important to use the dual channel which means use 2 same size ram modules with the same frequency! Because speed>>size
    Which means get 2 4gb because your mainboard doesnt support 16gb
     
  10. Tredysis

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    Check the clock spd (of your processor). If its over 2, then go for 12gb. Else 8gb should be alright.
    As for the reason, its because a PC full spec would have a connection between all of its parts, so that it won't cause an unbalance.

    One more thing is, if you're not playing games, then don't bother getting 12gb. That'd be wasting the effort of the one who made that 12gb.
     
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  11. SinsI

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    If it doesn't already have an SSD, consider keeping it at 4Gb and getting an SSD for those 61$ instead - it will bring much more noticeable improvement in performance.
     
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  12. Hahhaa

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    Depend on your usage. I doubt you ever need 12GB. Laptop is not something that suitable if anything required 12GB.
    I used to use lot of ram for my browser with dizzying amounts of tabs open. If you need lots of rams, it probably for the same or similar bad habit. Now, 4GB is enough for my casual need. More than that, it probably because of bad habits that can be fixed.

    Despite all that, I would still buy 8GB and maxed to 12GB lol.
     
  13. KingOfDreams

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    if the board supports dual channel, u might note a increase in performance if not better just go with 8gb if u don't plan on doing memory heavy tasks.
    p.s. if it supports dual channel try to buy same types of ram since different latency rams can have varying increase or decrease in performance.
     
  14. Traveling Chef

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    "You want to make sure each stick has the same CAS latency, timings, and voltage"
    life hacker website has an article about mixing and matching ram thats a quote from it they also show how to fix those kinds of things
    could be useful?
     
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  15. KnackHD

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    Well I play games but not that intense, I usually play Skyrim and TF 2. And I also already check the speed.
     
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  16. Needhydra

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    make sure the ram is compatible generally you want the same sticks of ram
     
  17. Edwardcepinperalta

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    Brother my laptop is an HD pavilion 15 with 8 ram ddr4 and 2gb grafics dedicated, I'm only capable of using medium performance programs because my processor is AMD dual-core 2.5ghz but with everything I have opened on my laptop non have more than 6gb of memory including war thunder open at full grafics and other stuff like chrome and photoshop <---6 Gb ram ddr4 2444hz

    So I recommend you 8 Gb since ddr4 is difficult to overwork. (sorry my mistakes, English is not my native language)
     
  18. Cupcake Ninja

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    well many people already stated the pros and cons, you just have to ask yourself: Am i going to use something requiring 12 gb, or not?

    personally i would go for the 12 just so i have more wiggle room, but it all depends on what is best for you.
     
  19. KIZUKI

    KIZUKI 〈Shem's Minion〉《Lhie's Self-proclaimed Rival》

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    Wether it is 8Gb, 12Gb, or 16Gb, it's still useless if your OS is 32-bit but if you give me an option like that i'd say go for the 12Gb but if they have 16Gb pick that one if you're focus in gaming
     
  20. corrr

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    2gb if you dont have enough money (T.T)