11 Replies Latest reply on May 7, 2012 7:11 PM by RDA972

    RAM for "laptop": Quantity vs. Speed

    Colin Brougham Level 6

      I say "laptop," because I'm taking delivery tomorrow of a Dell M6600, and I'm pretty sure that I'm not going to be using it on my lap...

       

      Anyway, the unit I'm getting is shipping with 8GB (4x2GB) of PC3-12800 1600MHz RAM. That's OK for my immediate use, but I'm going to bump this up. The M6600 can run 16GB (4x4GB) of PC3-12800/1600MHz, or can go full-tilt boogie with 32GB (4x8GB) of PC3-10600/1333MHz RAM.

       

      Practically speaking, will I gain more benefit from the faster RAM, or more RAM? CS6 will be the NLE du jour, of course. I don't intend to do tons of editing on this system--well, what I mean is that it won't be my primary system--but will see field use for things like reviewing ARRI Alexa clips and potentially as a capture station with the addition of some third-party IO device.

       

      In my mind, I can see benefit from both avenues, but I only want to spend the money once on the RAM upgrade, so I'm looking for a more objective point-of-view. Thanks!