TechCast Memory Tips powered by Crucial Memory

Up to a certain extent, it holds true that you can never get enough RAM. Without enough of this key system component you can experience anything from painfully slow performance to an unstable system that crashes every chance it gets.Of course this depends on your current system configuration with many variables involved that can have a direct impact on performance, one of the areas that is especially important in any of todays modern operating system is the ability to multi-task in an effective and more importantly, a productive manner. So a RAM upgrade may be the boost you’ve been looking for if you’re experiencing a general ‘sluggishness’ even when trying to accomplish simple tasks like have your e-mail client and a browser open.

Whether you’re running Windows XP, Vista or Mac OS X Tiger, I recommend that 1GB of RAM is the minimum you should have for any of these systems, especially so for Vista since it’s such a memory hog.RAM is the storage space for passing information to and from the processor. Currently running applications are always kept in the RAM memory for quick access and more of it enables you to multi-task with greater efficiency since more of your currently running files and applications can be stored in the RAM rather than being swapped to and from the hard drive.

The current rule of thumb that I live by when deciding what components I would recommend an entry level system should come equipped with is 1GB. This would be enough for a user who wants to do tasks such as e-mail, internet, office productivity and basic photo editing. If you’re thinking of running Vista or you do have Vista and it’s going to be running on anything less than 1GB then I would seriously suggest you give up now because it won’t be worth it. If you’re already running Vista on a 512MB system then bumping it to 1GB turns it in to a completely different animal altogether.A 2GB system would be preferable for anything else such as more complex photo and image manipulation (Photoshop work with lighting, textures and rendering for example), video editing and of course gaming. It’s difficult to believe that we actually need 2GB of RAM in a system for anything other than the highest end of systems costing crazy money, but with the continuous evolution of hardware and software, todays operating systems require it.My MacBook Pro started out with 512MB of DDR2 RAM and that ran OS X Tiger perfectly fine until I started to do audio and video podcast editing, which is when I got in touch with my long time memory supplier, Crucial. I first ordered from these guys when I upgraded my Pentium 3 733MHz machine that ran on Windows 98 to 512MB of RAM from the stock 128MB it came with.With Crucial, you can find every type of memory under the sun and you can track down the right memory for your motherboard or for your notebook simply by clicking through the online “Memory advisor” tool. Start with the manufacturer then take it from there or if you know what RAM you need then you can jump straight to it.

For those who are unsure about any of that, you can use the “Scan My System” feature on the site and it automatically detects the memory you need (Windows only). Mac users unfortunately don’t have this luxury, but since there are only a limited number of Mac models of different architectures ever made, it’s easy enough to just click through the memory advisory tool.Once you’ve picked the right memory and the amount you want, expect delivery within a few days and delivery is free too.

Problems?

Free returns and fast e-mail help support but in the years that I’ve ordered from Crucial, I’ve not come across one problem.Crucial is available in the US and EU countries, so fear not if you’re not reading this from the UK. Amongst RAM upgrades for your desktop and notebook systems you can also find server and printer memory as well as high-performance-tuned memory called Ballistix that is the ultimate complement to a gaming rig. Flash also comes in the form of memory cards so Crucial also stock most formats of flash cards from CompactFlash to xD as well as USB memory sticks.Log on to www.crucial.com/uk and spend a little money on your system to make it a whole lot faster, this is the best advice you’ll read today.

2007-06-26 Onwah Tsang

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