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Offline orange

Re: Do computers need RAM
« Reply #15 on: November 05, 2015, 09:14:39 AM »
riiight, what about limited write cycles?
Better sorry than worry.
 

Offline KimmoK

Re: Do computers need RAM
« Reply #16 on: November 05, 2015, 10:50:42 AM »
With intel HW, 2GB of RAM runs out when using just one application on Win8 (chrome + google docs).
On my linux box I have 3GB of RAM. Also on that the memory runs out if several apps are used at the same time. Also on linux, only one user at a time seem to work well with 3GB RAM. If another is logged in, resources get exhausted very fast to a halt + reboot state.

So. RAM is mandatory. 4GB is minimum. 8GB is recommended.
On android cell phone I have found that everything below 1.5GB is useless.

If people would only use apps from the 90's, then CPU cache of Power8 chip might be enough.
- KimmoK
// Windows will never catch us now.
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Offline psxphill

Re: Do computers need RAM
« Reply #17 on: November 05, 2015, 03:26:05 PM »
Quote from: ElPolloDiabl;798712
Solid state drives are very fast. Most programs can fit in cache for fast execution. Is there still a need for large amounts of RAM? Website are about the only thing that still rely on it.

You will always need random access memory, the question you should be asking is whether ssd and hard disks will ever disappear.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/07/28/intel_micron_3d_xpoint/

Websites might be the only thing you use that needs a lot of ram, but anyone serious with digital photography will have a different experience.