Anyone using a slow computer can relate to the heartache faced by many when working on urgent documents or immersed deep in gameplay and your machine freezes. Whilst, there are many reasons for this, one common one is insufficient memory. Similarly, in a Crucial survey of 2000 PC users, they found that the average wait time before users got angry was approximately 60 seconds.
“Memory is one of the most critical components in your computer, allowing your system to perform many of its everyday tasks, such as browse the Web, edit an Excel spreadsheet, or experience the realism of the latest game. And yet, the problem of insufficient memory can be overlooked – or worse, not identified in the first place.”Jim Jardine, Director of DRAM Product Marketing at Crucial
Even for non-technical users, there are numerous signs we can look out for that can alert us to the need of a memory upgrade. It highly possible that you have all experienced these and, in some cases, not associated them as being memory related.
Is there lag between typing letters?
“The signs are found in the most common programmes we run day to day, so you’ll be able to identify them quickly. Here’s the top 5 things to keep an eye on. Firstly, do you have to wait for letters and words to appear as you type? This is a clear sign that you’re in need of additional memory. Upgrading from 2 gigabytes (GB) to 4GB can reduce the loading time and reduce the chances of your computer freezing. If you frequently use word processing or spreadsheet software, upgrading to 8GB can provide improved responsiveness and diminish the chance of your computer freezing.”Jim Jardine
How is the web browser experience when opening new tabs?
“Is there a lag between clicking to open a new browser tab and the moment it opens? This is common with web browsers, as they use so much active data. Increasing memory from 2GB to 4GB can speed up the responsiveness, and up to 8GB can greatly improve responsiveness. It’s worth noting that memory won’t affect the speed of your internet connection, but it will run more efficiently.”Jim Jardine
Do you have issues with playing videos?
“Are you experiencing choppy or frozen playback when you stream video? Like web browsing, streaming video relies on internet speed, but your computer needs enough GBs of memory to run everything in the background while streaming video. 4GB memory can reduce the risk of choppy or frozen playback. 8GB can improve multitasking and reduce playback problems.”Jim Jardine
How about gaming experience? Are commands executing slower than expected?
“Do you frequently find yourself waiting for your commands to be executed during game play?Many games require at least 4GB of RAM to run, but it’s recommended to install at least 8GB to run them well. There’s nothing worse than losing a kill streak on COD because your computer is struggling to keep up – install 8GB of RAM to start with and scale up to 16GB if necessary.”Jim Jardine
General system responsiveness to mouse clicks when editing photos and videos?
“Do you have to wait for software to catch up to your clicks while editing photos and video? Photo and video editing apps, such as Photoshop® and Final Cut®, require more system resources than many other kinds of software, and, while system requirements may call for less, if you don’t have at least 8GB of RAM, your computer may not be able to run them at all. Since they flood your system with active data – the data your computer regularly or continuously accesses – you need enough GBs of RAM to hold it all.”Jim Jardine
Crucial have outlined five things to look out for, there are many other warning signs but these 5 are the most common ones that you see people complaining about. The next time you experience system issues, take a moment and assess whether it’s likely to be memory related and time for a RAM upgrade.