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Adding more RAM to your computer can make it a lot faster. It’s also not that difficult of an upgrade, with many kits offering instructions and video tutorials online. If you are considering upgrading the amount of installed memory in your machine but are unsure if this will actually improve performance, read on for some insights on how adding more RAM affects speed as well as recommendations from our experts about which types to get based on what type of laptop or desktop PC you have.
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2019-5-1 · It is a very common question does add more ram to make your computer faster? Yes, it makes the computer faster. This video will show how to install RAM on a laptop.
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2020-6-4 · The extra RAM gives your computer more memory to perform tasks with, which will make your computer faster. In order to install RAM on your computer, you'll need to see what type of RAM your computer takes and purchase it. You'll then need to open your computer and install it.
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How to upgrade RAM on a laptop
Is there a way to increase RAM on a laptop? As long as you haven’t reached your system’s maximum RAM, then yes! The same considerations that apply to desktop RAM also determine how much RAM your laptop can handle.
Additionally, some laptops may not be eligible at all for RAM upgrades. Sometimes, the RAM modules are soldered directly onto the motherboard, meaning that you can’t remove them yourself. Check online to see whether your laptop has replaceable RAM.
Assuming your laptop can handle more RAM, here’s how to add it:
Shut down your laptop, close it, and let it cool down.
Unplug all cords, cables, and accessories.
Flip it over and place it face-down on your work surface.
Open the bottom casing, or remove the portion that covers your RAM. The specifics here will depend on the type of laptop you have. If you need to unscrew the case, remember which screws go into which holes, as sizes may vary from one screw to the next.
Touch an unpainted metal surface in your laptop to discharge any static electricity from your body. This will help protect your laptop’s sensitive internal components.
Remove your current RAM modules by gently pushing aside the clips that hold them in place. Each RAM module should pop up and out at an angle. Then you can pull it out of the RAM slot.
Pick up your new RAM modules by the edges or corners. Do not touch the gold connectors or any components on top of the module!
Align the notch on your new RAM module correctly with the RAM slot, then insert it. Push it down until it locks into place.
Press down on the RAM module so it lies flat inside your laptop. The clips should slide back into place.
Replace the back casing of your laptop, flip the laptop back over, then plug all your cables and cords back in.
What does upgrading RAM do?
Upgrading RAM gives your computer the critical resources it needs to temporarily shuffle data from the hard disk to the CPU to process it. Even the fastest solid-state drives (SSD) are sluggish compared to how quickly RAM can get your computer the information it needs. Without RAM — or without sufficient RAM for whatever it is you’re doing — your computer would become unbearably slow or not even work at all.
Generally, people add more RAM in order to:
Enjoy faster web browsing.
Prevent crashes during photo or video editing.
Notice that all the reasons listed above directly relate to making your PC faster and more powerful. That’s the primary reason to upgrade RAM.
Other items to consider
Other things you could try to increase your system’s performance include:
- Defragment your hard disk(s).
- Clear your browser cache.
- Consider using a lower resolution, or a lower color depth for your monitor.
- Consider using a plain color instead of a picture for your desktop – the picture takes up memory that could be used for other things. (This is also extra important if you connect to your machine via Remote Desktop.)
There are, naturally, many, many other tweaks of various and dubious value out on the internet, but these are the ones that I focus on as getting the most bang for the effort.
I’m sure readers will add some of their favorite tweaks to the comments on this article, so be sure and give those a read.