4 Myths and Misconceptions About RAM You Need to Stop Believing

MakeUseOf | 9/8/2017 | Mihir Patkar
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RAM (random access memory) is one of the basic components of a computer or a smartphone. Its job is to remember computations for a limited amount of time, so that your processor does not need to redo those computations each time.

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Whether you're buying a new computer or building your own, you're going to be subjected to a lot of acronyms and random numbers.

But despite how important it is, people have several misconceptions about RAM. The ensuing confusion can mean people buy things they don’t need, or not use the resources they have. Let’s bust some of those myths about RAM once and for all.


1. “I Don’t Need More RAM”

“This amount of RAM is enough to run the software, you don’t need any more.” Yes, it might be enough to run apps, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be faster. More RAM does help. And that’s because of how programs are made.

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Most developers write their programs in a way where the app requests for a certain percentage of the RAM available. So if you have more RAM installed, the same requested percentage will mean more size for the program.

Just because you’re using only 60 percent (or any small percentage) of your total RAM capacity, it doesn’t mean you don’t need more RAM. Your regular tasks might only request 60 percent of RAM, saving the rest for other tasks that you might start in the future.

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That said, there is a general rule of thumb these days for how much RAM you really need. For regular users, 4GB is the minimum and 8GB is the recommended size for best performance. Gamers, professionals who work with graphics, video or sound, and PC enthusiasts should look for 16GB.

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