Thursday, 22 February 2007

4GB of RAM required for Vista! Another reason not to upgrade?

In a recent article in Computer World, David Short, an IBM consultant, has recommended that the amount of RAM required on a PC running Vista should be 4GBs!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (Dell and others recommend 2GB.)

One reason is a feature called "Superfetch", which fetches applications and data, and feeds them into RAM so as they are more readily accessible resulting in more caching because of the extra RAM.
There is also some evidence to support that Microsoft has been demoing Vista on PCs loaded with 4GB of RAM eliciting various degrees of Oohs and Aahs as you would expect.

Imagine the cost of 4GB of RAM in a Laptop!
A 1GB stick for my Acer Aspire 3500 costs $299, so assuming a 2GB stick would be $599 then the cost of 4GB of Ram is almost the same as the cost of the whole laptop in the first place.
As far as I can tell 2GB sticks are not offered at this point!!!!!!!!!!!

Now that is ridiculous enough, but what is even more so is that David Short contends, that at the recommended minimum hardware requirements of 512Mb and 800mhz, Vista will provide performance that is less than that of XP that you already have loaded.


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