Help Me Choose: Memory


Random access memory (RAM) — commonly known as system memory — is the temporary storehouse for the data flowing to and from your computer’s central processing unit (CPU). The most common forms of random access memory today, DRAM and SRAM, both require continual power to maintain their data.

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

With 32-bit Microsoft® operating systems, the system may utilize up to 3.5GB of memory for system performance (out of 4GB), while the remaining 0.5GB is allocated to address space for various hardware components. To utilize 4GB or more RAM, choose a 64-bit operating system.

The system you are configuring may or may not include all of the options listed here.

If you want ...Choose ...
Peak performance with the ability to run simultaneous intensive business applications, master digital media creation and have peace of mind for future software applications that may require more RAM16GB* memory
Working with large databases, complex photo editing and HD (high-definition) video editing can be supported 12GB* 
Extreme performance for large files and multitasking with the ability to run simultaneous demanding applications (required 64-bit operating system)6GB* or 8GB* memory
Mainstream performance with the ability to run simultaneous intensive business applications3GB* or 4GB* memory
Acceptable performance for multitasking and office productivity applications2GB* memory
The ability to run basic office productivity applications1GB* memory