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Can You Install Faster Memory in a Notebook?
If you’re upgrading your notebook’s memory (RAM), you may be tempted to fork over extra for faster chips. While they may be compatible with your notebook, it’s likely they won’t run at their advertised speeds. The memory speeds in most notebooks can’t be changed, so you’d be wasting your money.
That’s what one of our forum members found after installing fast DDR4-3200 modules in an HP Spectre notebook. The modules worked, but only ran at DDR4-2400 speeds.
You can use a tool like CPU-Z to determine how fast the memory is running in your notebook. Alternatively, you could look up the specifications sheet for your notebook and get the same information. Unless you know your notebook can run faster memory, you’re best off buying the same speed of memory that it came with.
Waiting for 9th Generation Intel Mobile Processors
Intel’s ninth-generation processors for desktops have been available for about six months, raising the question as to when we’ll see them in notebooks. The announcement could come later this summer, but there’s been no definitive announcement. That raises the obvious question: will they be worth the wait? There’s always something better on the horizon, so it’s just a matter of how long you want to wait.
If you need a notebook now, my advice is to buy it now. Think about this historically: the performance and capabilities of computers has steadily improved over time. Imagine you bought a computer 10 years ago; fast-forward to today, would it have mattered if you waited another year to buy your computer? No; the decade-old computer would be just as outdated as one from 9 years ago.
Installing Windows 7 on 20 Laptops for Charity
One of our forum members graciously volunteered to help set up laptops for a homeless charity. The task was to install Windows 7 on 20 identical Dell Latitude laptops. Fortunately, it was found, all the notebooks had valid licenses of Windows 7. The task became a matter of installing Windows 7 on one of them, installing all available updates and software, and then cloning the laptop’s storage disk into the other 19. There are free software tools available to do this, detailed in the thread.
How Much RAM Does Your Smartphone Need?
I’m somewhat embarrassed to admit I don’t know how much memory (RAM) is in my smartphone (an iPhone 8). At the same time, it never occurred to me to think about it. This thread discusses viewpoints on how much memory is optimal for a smartphone in 2019. The bottom line is that most people don’t need to think about it, and it probably shouldn’t be a major factor in a buying decision when shopping similar phones.
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