Operating System: Windows 7 32-bit (I will be upgrading to 64-bit windows 7 immediately after upgrading ram to 4gb or 6gb)
Processor: Intel i5 M 480 @ 2.67GHz
Motherboard: Intel Moblie HM55
Current RAM cards:
DDR3 PC3-10600 2GB
DDR3 PC3-8500 1GB
I'm planning to replace the 1GB card with either a 2GB PC3-10600 or a 4GB PC3-10600.
Getting the 2GB card, I will be able to utilize 4gb of ram working in dual channel. On the other hand, getting the 4GB card will give me 6GB of ram but this will work in single channel. (Flex mode if it is compatible with my mother board)
I've heard that most of the mobo's today support flex memory mode. Basically, flex mode allows 4gb/6gb (2gb ram card + 2gb/4gb of 4gb ram card) of ram to run in dual channel and the remaining ram 2gb will run in single channel. Flex mode will not optimize ram bandwidth unlike dual channel, but it is better than single channel. I am not too familiar with flex mode (but yes, it does exist
) and not many specialists in computer stores knew of it as well.
I run various application from graphics heavy games to ram intense media editing software. Multitasking-not frequently done, but good to be able to do. I'm not thinking about getting 8gb of ram anytime soon though.
So, should i get the 4GB ram card or the 2BG one?