Does your PC really need a ram upgrade?

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    Ram upgrade is a very common action among every pc user that if when you and I were given free resources to perform, we would stuck our pc with as much ram as the BIOS can support – All because we believe the more ram a PC has the faster the PC runs.

    But how true is this claim or does that mean that when you upgrade to 8GB or 16GB, the apps/programs which run fast before will run even faster? To answer these questions, we must first refresh our knowledge of what RAM is and how it works.

    Ram basic

    Ram (Random access memory) and Hard Disk are closely related as they are both storage device, RAM is a temporary storage device while Hard disk is a permanent(until you delete) storage device. Ram is called a temporary storage device because as soon as power leaves it, all the data in it is lost. While Ram is about 100x faster than Hard disk, Ram is also about 100x smaller than hard disk in terms of size.

    Whenever you open an application after freshly booting your PC, the processor first check two places for the required files/data to run the application – the “L cache” and the “RAM” before heading to the Hard disk and loading it into RAM. This means that for every running program, background application, and even every tab that you open in your browser, they all have an amount of Ram allocated to them. So basically, One can easily say that Ram is a workspace where the processor places the profile of every application it’s currently working with – so the larger the workspace, the higher the number of application the processor can open at a time.

    The General believe/assumption

    If you ask the average computer user or some tech-savvy people ‘how to boost the performance of a PC’, you will probably get answers like upgrade your ram — Because the more ram you have the faster your PC runs. We all accepted this answer and we are quit ok with it because of the basic knowledge we have about ram. But on a plain platform, this answer is limited in some ways – Not all ram upgrade actually assures a boost in PC speed.

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