32GB RAM 1333MHz (4x8GB)?

Dell Alienware m18x 18.4" laptop compute...
February 13, 2012 at 19:04:41
Specs: Windows® 7 Ultimate (64 BIT), 2.7 GHz / 4GB
Hi, I'm a little conflicted right now, I'm about to purchase an alienware m18x gaming laptop and i'm really attracted to the high amounts of ram, because I'm going to be doing a lot of multi-tasking (heavy duty video editing across various programs simultaneously), but could I be making a big mistake in choosing (quantity over quality) the 32GB - 1333MHz over the 16GB - 1600MHz or 8GB - 1866MHz?

32768MB (4x8GB) 1333MHz DDR3 Dual Channel
16384MB (4x4GB) 1600MHz DDR3 Dual Channel [Included in Price]
8192MB (4x2GB) 1866MHz DDR3 Dual Channel

-Alienware M18x-
OS: English Genuine Windows® 7 Ultimate (64 BIT)
CPU: Intel® Core™ i7 2960XM Overclocked Turbo Boost (8MB Cache)
GPU: Dual 2GB GDDR5 NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 580M SLI™
RAM: ____________?
HDD: 512GB (2x256GB) Solid State Drive Raid 0 "Stripe" Dual HDD

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February 14, 2012 at 03:36:54
You're worried about choosing "quantity over quality", but you've given no brand names for the RAM -- so how do you expect anyone to give advice about quality?

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February 14, 2012 at 04:36:33
The question really is about quantity.

I would go for the maximum amount of installed memory the laptop allows.

Is this an option when purchasing?

Please advise back what you decide.

Good Luck - Keep us posted.

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February 14, 2012 at 04:42:31
My apologies, I copied the specs directly from the Dell Alienware website, no brand name was mentioned in the Memory section, but I'm guessing they most likely all come from the same CEM that Dell uses, I did some searching on google and still no idea, sorry.

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February 14, 2012 at 04:49:49
Thanks for your advice, I certainly will keep you posted when possible.

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February 14, 2012 at 13:11:19
You'd have to know your programs to start. Buying more ram doesn't really mean better or faster. If your apps can support such and you find using perfmon that you can or need it then more ram is better than faster ram in this case.

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February 14, 2012 at 21:30:57
Assuming that video editing software would need as much or more than Photoshop and photoshop recommends as much as you can get, then I definitely would go to the maximum.
Note that two SSD's in Raid 0 for your OS (and presumably your files), though fast, is not secure. Consider sacrificing some speed, go with one SSD for OS & programs and a conventional drive for files with an external for backing up both. There are some SATA III SSD's that have significantly higher read and write speeds that are not that much more expensive than similar sized SSD drives that will negate much of the speed advantages of Raid 0 with two of them. The greater storage capacity of a conventional HD will be important for the very large files you will be using and loading and saving these files will be faster than from an external drive (since I doubt that a laptop would have room for a third drive internally).
Are you sure you need the portability? If not then a desktop would be more suitable, faster, and allow you more internal drives as well as video upgrade options later.

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