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W500 - 4GB versus 8GB

#1 Post by PeterNC » Sat Jan 05, 2019 8:35 am

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Re: W500 - 4GB versus 8GB

#2 Post by dr_st » Sat Jan 05, 2019 9:08 am

If you open many documents, spreadsheets, tabs at the same time, then - yes.
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Re: W500 - 4GB versus 8GB

#3 Post by PeterNC » Sat Jan 05, 2019 9:54 am

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Re: W500 - 4GB versus 8GB

#4 Post by pianowizard » Sat Jan 05, 2019 10:00 am

PeterNC wrote:
Sat Jan 05, 2019 8:35 am
W500 already has SSD. :parrot:
That's all the more reason to go for 8GB of RAM, so you can disable the page file and reduce the number of write cycles on the SSD. I disable the page file on my Surface and HP detachables, which both have 4GB RAM, and once in a while I get a "low memory" warning even though I don't have that many programs running.
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Re: W500 - 4GB versus 8GB

#5 Post by dr_st » Sat Jan 05, 2019 11:26 am

You shouldn't disable the page file altogether, but you can shrink it. Reducing the number of write cycles on an SSD is not a target worth pursuing unless you are talking about old first-gen crappy SSDs.
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Re: W500 - 4GB versus 8GB

#6 Post by axur-delmeria » Sat Jan 05, 2019 11:46 am

One way to check is to use the W500 normally while keeping Task Manager open and keeping a close watch on the RAM usage.

If you consistently exceed 80% RAM usage, then adding more RAM might be a good idea.
On the other hand, since you already have an SSD, the slowdown caused by using the page file/swap file/virtual memory would be nowhere as severe compared to a computer equipped with an HDD.

If you're experiencing some performance issues, keep an eye on CPU usage %, since Windows 10 is notorious for doing background tasks like downloading and installing OS updates.
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