Is a RAM upgrade worth it?

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Is a RAM upgrade worth it?

Post by mcm147 » Thu Feb 15, 2018 4:15 pm

I'm dumb as phuck when it comes to technical stuff regarding computers, so maybe some of you guys can hit me with some knowledge. I'm currently using a very old, low-end laptop (specs down below). I'm not ready financially to get a new one so i was thinking of upgrading the RAM memory with 4 more GB. My question is if this upgrade will be noticeable in-game. Some people told me that it would make the OS run smoother but there won't be an improvement in fps in games.

My laptop is an Acer Aspire E5-572G:
Intel® Core™ i3-4000M Processor (3M Cache, 2.40 GHz)
GeForce 940M 2GB GPU
4GB Ram

As an example i'm currently running Insurgency at only 40-45 fps (not sure if i should be getting more with my configuration).

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Re: Is a RAM upgrade worth it?

Post by TokaiTele » Thu Feb 15, 2018 4:24 pm

The ram won't improve fps directly. Fps is mainly dependent on cpu and gpu speed.

When you are using an application that uses all the ram in your system the os uses the hard drive as a pseudo ram- this is called 'pagefile'. Pagefiling will slow down your system and cause low fps. This is of course dependant on your hard drive speed.

So, in your case ram won't make much difference: it will help a little.

I can only suggest saving your pennies and build a rig.

Please note: this is only an opinion.

40fps sounds about right for your specs. Try adjusting the in-game settings as well as nvidia control panel. There are plenty of sites out there with performance tips.

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Re: Is a RAM upgrade worth it?

Post by mcm147 » Thu Feb 15, 2018 7:57 pm

I might do the upgrade even if there's no improvement on fps. I noticed that if i alt-tab Insurgency when i come back the game often crashes. Also i'm tired of being the last one to connect on new maps lol.

Thanks so much for your help.

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Re: Is a RAM upgrade worth it?

Post by Kentone » Thu Feb 15, 2018 8:24 pm

yeah, ram can help you with multitasking and load times :D
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Re: Is a RAM upgrade worth it?

Post by DarkDeamon » Fri Feb 16, 2018 4:29 am

It's worth checking the Acer site for how much and what type of memory your system can support. You should also take the base off your laptop and check how many memory slots there are and if any are free.
If you only have 2 slots and 2x2Gb in there then your shopping requirements will be different than if there was only 1x4Gb stick in there.
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Re: Is a RAM upgrade worth it?

Post by 0v3rz34l0u5 » Fri Feb 16, 2018 8:31 am

You can have 8GB max in that laptop so you can upgrade. What type of storage media do you have (HDD/SSD)?
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Re: Is a RAM upgrade worth it?

Post by Gunganator » Fri Feb 16, 2018 9:19 am

Before making the purchase, check if you have a physical dim slot or two. It's not uncommon for Laptop companies to solder the ram to their mobo's now.

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Re: Is a RAM upgrade worth it?

Post by mcm147 » Fri Feb 16, 2018 10:09 am

I have two memory slots, 1 slot x 4GB, the other one's free.
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Re: Is a RAM upgrade worth it?

Post by 0v3rz34l0u5 » Tue Feb 20, 2018 7:56 am

You could virtually increase you RAM using speed boost.
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