Help me choose: Memory (RAM)

Memory — sometimes referred to as random access memory or RAM — is the temporary storehouse for data flowing to and from your PC's processor. The data stored in memory can be from specific files, such as documents or video clips, or instructions from software applications to your processor.

All else being equal, a system with more memory can:

  • Deliver faster performance
  • Handle more open files at once
  • Open larger files
  • Work with more open applications at once


One DIMM or two?

DIMM stands for dual in-line memory module, the type of memory chip used in Dell Latitude™ laptops. Most Latitude laptops have accessible slots for two memory DIMMs.

A system that is initially configured with two DIMMs will require at least one DIMM to be discarded if you upgrade your memory in the future. Systems configured with one DIMM leave one memory slot open, so if you decide to add memory later, you can leave the existing DIMM in place.

Adding memory at the time of purchase can be more cost-effective and convenient than upgrading later.
The system you are configuring may or may not include all of the options listed here:

If you want ...Choose ...
Extreme performance capability at time of purchase, as well as peace of mind for future software applications that may require more RAM8GB* memory
Advanced performance capability4GB* or more of memory
Balance of price and advanced performance, and the Dell recommended amount of memory to support the Aero interface in the premium versions of Windows Vista®2GB* or more of memory
Memory for basic software applications1GB* memory