Will a memory kit perform better than a single memory stick?

November 3, 2018 at 17:11:06
Specs: Windows 10, i5-8300H/16gb DDR4
I received a Dell G3 Gaming laptop with a one DDR4 2666 8gb memory stick, a 256gb SSD drive, optimus graphics with Intel HD 630/Nvidia GTX 1050, and an Intel Core i5-8300H CPU. I learned early in my PC experience that, for the best performance(memory-wise), you should install your memory sticks in pairs. As I stated, this laptop has one stick of memory. Now, in my daily PC tasks, I usually run a couple of office applications Photoshop, ACDSee, a couple of browsers and most of the time a video conversion program. My question is, with this level of multi-tasking, would it make sense for me to install a memory kit(2 x 4gb sticks or maybe even 2 x 8gb sticks) - especially if I happen to work with some larger TIF files? All replies are greatly appreciated and respected.

Loretta


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November 3, 2018 at 20:59:29
Yes, assuming that the speed of the sticks in the 'kits' are the same or better, 2x4GB matched sticks will perform better than a 1x8GB stick by itself. This is due to the fact that Dual Channel mode is only in effect when there are two identical sticks installed. That said, 2x8GB pack will perform much better with gaming, Photoshop, video conversions, and multi-tasking and especially with large files than the smaller pack. 16GB is by far much better than 8GB total memory.

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November 4, 2018 at 06:09:53

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November 4, 2018 at 09:59:14
Thanks for the prompt replies. Yes. Thanks for the validation. This is something that has not changed in a long time...and thanks for the PDF with the specs on this laptop also. I know I can always count on the techs here at Computing.Net to come through when I have a computer question or issue. You guys have been the cats for a long time...even when my brother joined back in the early 2000's I believe. Molte grazie to all who replied. Peace.

Loretta


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