Why Upgrading Your RAM Is No Longer A Silver Bullet [Video]

Why Upgrading Your RAM Is No Longer A Silver Bullet [Video]

Once upon a time, upgrading your PC’s RAM was a sure-fire way to increase its performance. These days, this is not always the case; especially if you already have 4GB or memory on board. Techquickie host Linus Sebastian explains why you might be better off plumping for a solid-state drive, and how to know whether a RAM upgrade will actually speed up your PC.

These days, all but the cheapest computers — even if they’re two or three years old — probably come with sufficient RAM for most people. We’ve mentioned this before: 4GB is plenty for a lot of us. If you’re running really heavy programs like Photoshop or using virtual machines, then you’ll probably need more, but if you just want to speed things up, chances are RAM isn’t your bottleneck. An SSD might be a better use of your money.

Of course, all this depends on your specific situation, so Linus details a few ways to check RAM usage on your computer (which, again, we’ve covered before) to tell whether a RAM upgrade is worth your time and money. After all, RAM’s a little more expensive these days, so it’s not something you want to go out and buy willy-nilly. Check out the video above for more.

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