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Question about RAM

So for the longest time I've been thinking to upgrade my laptops RAM. Currently running only 1x8gb of ram running at 2133Mhz (Data transfering rate) or something like that made by samsung in a SO-DIMM form factor. Would adding 2x8Gb dimms in the laptop make it faster? (Obviously running in dual channel mode). Would it make my games a bit faster and add more "vram" to the integrated gpu (Intel HD 520). Or in other terms dedicate more Ram to igpu and  make it faster??? And would having higher clocked RAM make a performance diffrence in general, like faster loading speeds in games and in general???

Please answer me this question im good with computers but when it comes to RAM I suck butts. 🙂

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I'm not savvy enough to respond to everything in depth, but, from what I know:

 

Unless the speeds are super different (say between 2133mhz vs 3200Mhz), the performance isn't that much different between one or two levels of speeds. What matters the most is the latency and tight timings. But this is general and depends on each case. Also, in "real world" usage, the performance difference isn't as noticeable. For example, if I set my RAM sticks to whatever it can run without making me BSOD, whether is 3000mhz at 14CL or XMP profile (rated 2666mhz) or 3200mhz with a bit slower latency, I don't really notice a difference on anything. So I'm just running XMP profile for the sake of stability and whatnot. My machine is not even high end so I don't care much about slightly performance gains. 

 

However, years ago when I still had my first built machine, I went from 1 stick of 4GB of RAM to 2 sticks. Making it 8GB (DDR3). In general, the "speed" of things wasn't better or different at all, however, I could see much better performance (even to my new DDR4 machine with 1 stick) in games for steady frames, or while recording things, the videos wouldn't stutter. 

In general, considering it's a laptop, with an iGPU and all, consider which small change gives you the best performance boost. For those kind of situation are changing the HDD for an SSD, always and then if you want/can add another stick of RAM. Having them dual-channel and also double the capacity of RAM is always good for general performance. 

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32 minutes ago, TheChoosenCookie said:

Would it make my games a bit faster and add more "vram" to the integrated gpu (Intel HD 520).

Given your current configuration the iGPU is probably already allocating the amount it needs, which might be 512MB or 1GB. Your BIOS might allow you to change that, but it's not necessarily something you'd expect as a feature on a more basic laptop. as for performance 

 

33 minutes ago, TheChoosenCookie said:

And would having higher clocked RAM make a performance diffrence in general, like faster loading speeds in games and in general???

Higher speed can make a decent difference, but make sure your laptop can support the improvement. As for going from 1x8 to 2x8, that's the big improvement. Before my girlfriend had her desktop, she had a MacBook with single channel ram. Going to dual channel gave a pretty substantial improvement in fps.

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