Help Me Choose: System Memory


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

1333 or 1600?

Memory for Dell Precision™ mobile workstations is available in two different speeds: 1333MHz or 1600MHz. 1333MHz memory offers good performance. 1600MHz memory runs faster and therefore can help provide a performance boost. Power users or customers who want the utmost performance should choose 1600MHz memory.

How many DIMMS?

DIMM stands for dual in-line memory module, the type of memory chip used in Dell Precision mobile workstations. To provide the utmost in configurability all Dell Precision workstations have four slots for memory DIMMs. Customers who want the best flexibility for future upgrades should populate two DIMM slots. If all four DIMM slots are populated at the time of purchase, some or all of the memory will have to be discarded to accommodate more memory.

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.

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Extreme performance for large data sets

32GB* memory

Premiere performance capability

16GB* memory

Advanced performance capability

8GB* memory

Basic performance

4GB* memory