Dual core memory requirement

November 18, 2010 at 09:06:29
Specs: Windows 7, pentium T4400/3Gb
I read once that dual-core processors require 4Gb RAM to really take advantage of the capabilities of the processor. I am somewhat technically challenged so I would appreciate a simple answer as to whether or not it would pay for me to upgrade my Toshiba L505 laptop from 3 to 4Gb of RAM. It has the Intel Pentium T4400 processor.

Thanks in advance for any insight.

tom


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#1
November 18, 2010 at 18:01:09
"I read once that dual-core processors require 4Gb RAM"

Don't know where you read that, but it's not true.


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#2
November 18, 2010 at 18:39:35
Well, kinda. If you're using that dual-core CPU to run several programs at once, having lots of memory will let the CPU run at full speed--no need to access the slow mechanical hard drive.

"upgrade my Toshiba L505 laptop from 3 to 4Gb"

What are you using it for?
It won't speed up your web browser.
It might speed up game loading times.
It will speed up any video editing tasks.

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#3
November 19, 2010 at 20:34:35
Thanks! Just the info I was looking for.

tom


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#4
November 20, 2010 at 11:39:30
I got hung up on the word "required". You already have a dual core CPU with just 3GB memory so obviously it's not required to have 4GB.

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