When to know when – How to upgrade RAM?
Upgrading RAM on your PC is one way to make your computer far more speedy. Over the years, operating systems like Windows, software like Photoshop, and now even web browsers like Chrome, have built reputations for being unabashed memory hogs. Older PCs, meanwhile, often have between 2GB and 4GB of memory. Loading too many tabs in Chrome or keeping to many programs open on your desktop could use up all of the memory your system has to offer, slowing your system to a crawl.
A mere 4GB could work if you’re sticking to light tasks and not using Chrome, but 8GB is really the minimum we would recommend for a modern desktop PC, and 16GB is the sweet spot for most people consider its modest price increase from 8GB. Gamers with an eye towards future-proofing might even want to consider 32GB—the downside being increased cost, of course.
While swapping an old hard disk drive for a modern SSD is the most drastic hardware improvement, a Mac RAM upgrade lets you run more programs simultaneously. An iMac memory upgrade is an easy way to give your computer more multitasking juice. Upgrading the RAM on your old Mac computer is a quick and affordable way to get your device to handle all of those open tabs in your Chrome browser.
We recommend you upgrade RAM in pairs. For example, add two modules of 8GB of RAM instead of a single module of 16GB of RAM. It’s not so much about cost savings, as it is a performance consideration. Intel supports dual-channel architecture, which is optimized for memory in pairs. However, what you can do with your Mac’s RAM depends on your exact model.
Unfortunately, most modern Macs don’t allow you to upgrade the RAM yourself. Recent MacBook Pro and MacBook Air models have the RAM soldered to the motherboard. Some newer iMacs technically have user-upgradeable RAM, but doing so requires extensive teardown of the machine. We wouldn’t recommend trying a MacBook pro RAM unless you’re extremely experienced with electronics and your machine is already out of warranty. ClickAway’s Apple Mac technicians can tell you your options during a free basic diagnosis.
Other considerations to upgrade RAM
If your laptop will no longer boot up, it may be because one of your memory sticks has gone bad. We can open the laptop and use a process of elimination to determine which stick is causing the problem. We can then replace that particular RAM stick, allowing your laptop to boot up normally again.
How to install more RAM
Installing your own RAM can be done if you’re comfortable and skilled about RAM slots, heat sinks, motherboards and so forth. Otherwise, ClickAway’s computer tune up service can do this for you. Our opens in a new windowtechnicians have been upgrading older PCs and Macs since 2002.