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January 2, 2005, 1:28 pm
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(1) Which one of the following would result into better laptop
(1) 512 MB DDR SDRAM 1 DIMM
(2) 512 MB DDR SDRAM 2 DIMM
(3) 512 MB in form of 2 X 256MB
(2) The laptop is intended for using typical applications, music,
movies, surfing etc. Of course 64 MB video memory would be ideal. But
does 32 MB also work for me......? Or is it worth spending more money
on video memory from long term perspective..?
(3) Is a 8X DVD read + write drive equivalent to 24 X CD read + write
drive, from CD burning perspective..?
Re: RAM, video memory and DVD
1 GB RAM will no question provide better performance. The question only
you can answer is if the additional potential performance will make any
difference to you or if you will ever really make use of it. XP is
pretty well optimized at 512MB RAM for routine use, and "routine" covers
a substantial range of use. A faster (7200rpm vs 4200rpm) HD might
offer substantially more apparent performance improvement than will an
additional 512MB RAM.
Video RAM: no one *ever* regretted more VRAM or a more capable video
card. However, computers are getting so well optimized around shared
video RAM that VRAM, except for gaming, is a more than adequate
substitute *for most purposes*.
At 8x DVD burning, a 4GB disk takes about 5 minutes to burn. At 24x an
800MB CD takes about 5 minutes to burn. http://www.videohelp.com/ for
everything you need to know.
The above is IMO and YMMV, of course.