Not having enough Random Access Memory (or RAM for short) can be detrimental to the performance of your PC
The general rule of thumb is the more RAM you have, the smoother your computer is going to run with a heavier workflow – The question is how much RAM does your use-case require? And does adding RAM make your computer faster?
At a certain point too much RAM can be overkill if all you are doing is playing Minecraft and surfing the web.
In any case, having a solid understanding on just how much RAM one needs (relative to one’s intended use and workflow) is tremendously important.
An insufficient amount of RAM will lead to a diminished speeds when pushing your computer with memory intensive programs, such as video editing and 3D rendering.
And the more demanding you become the more RAM you are going to need
Having a little extra RAM is always better then not having enough
So, now let’s answer the million-dollar question, does adding RAM make your computer faster?
Does Adding RAM Make Your Computer Faster? (Honest Answer)
Yes and No, it does but only if you happen to need more RAM. If you’re not doing anything too demanding on your computer, then you are not going to see much increase in speeds
On the other hand, if you are doing something memory intensive, such as video editing on 8GB of RAM then upgrading will make your PC tremendously faster.
The amount of memory you need solely depends on the demand you will be putting on your computer.
Once you have enough memory for the way in which you use your computer and the kind of work you do, you shouldn’t even consider adding more RAM as you’d basically be throwing money away with little to no increase in performance.
However, if, you happen to need more RAM then adding a few extra gigabytes will make a world of a difference; your system performance will vastly improve and, by proxy, make everything a lot more responsive.
Do You Need More RAM?
That heavily depends on your workflow. If you have anything less than 8GB of RAM, then yes, an upgrade would be advisable and very beneficial to the speed of your computer.
The same holds true rather you’re a demanding user with 87 tabs open streaming on YouTube or just someone who games on the side; in that case, a 16GB set-up might be the sweet spot.
When deciding if you need more RAM, it’s always best to leave a little bit of “wiggle room” to ensure that buttery smooth experience you are looking for; to handle intense multitasking while keeping a responsive system with fast loading times. The amount of RAM you have affects numerous different things although it’s just one part of the PC building equation.
Adding more memory to your PC is not a one stop shop to fix all your performance woes and issues, but if you happen to need more RAM it will make your computer faster.
How Much RAM Do You Need?
This all depends on what you’re planning on using your computer for and how demanding you are.
If you’re a very casual user who is only going to have a few tabs open at a time and maybe one or two additional programs, then you can get by with 4GB. It would not be the most pleasurable experience at times, though upgrading to 8GB would alleviate any and all issues.
As a matter of fact, 8GB of RAM is what we consider the absolute bare minimum for an enjoyable low demand Windows 10/11 experience
The last thing you want is any slowdowns during your day-to-day computing tasks, that is why it is imperative that you choose the right amount of RAM based on what you will be using this PC for.
For gaming, always aim for 16GB as an absolute bare minimum.
The most popular game titles out today “eat up” RAM like it’s nothing and when you factor in Discord and a few browser tabs on top of that, 16GB becomes an absolute must, or you are going to have a bad time.
The worst thing to experience is frame rate dips and stutters when playing a high stakes game, having more memory (especially if it’s running dual channel) will eliminate these issues.
For any kind of demanding 3D work or video editing, you should probably aim for 32GB, to have the smoothest experience possible. These programs typically consume an absurd amount of memory.
64GB may be worth the investment if you’re dealing with some seriously complex projects, such as artificial intelligence and running bots.
RAM capacity can be thought of as “seats” in a car. If you have a car with only 4 seats (=4GB of RAM) but you need to hold 8 passengers (=data) from point A to point B, you’ll need two trips, taking twice as long.
Now let’s say you have an 8-seater car (=8GB of RAM). Your car can now easily transport those 8 passengers (=data) in just one trip taking less time. You would get the 8 passengers to their destination in the same amount of time if you had a 16-seater car (=16GB). You only need more seats (RAM) if you need to take more passengers (data).
It’s the same with RAM. More memory can greatly increase performance if don’t have enough. If you already have plenty of RAM, then adding more will change nothing. It does scale like CPU Cores or Frequency.
Now let’s go over some potential questions you might have regarding this topic:
How Much RAM Do I Need?
That solely depends on the way you intend to use your computer and your workflow.
For the most “basic” computing task, go with 8GB as the bare minimum.
For a comfortable gaming experience and more demanding use-cases, aim for 16GB running in dual channel.
And, if you are a creative professional, an architect, or an engineer of some sort – using programs that demand an absurd amount of memory – then upgrading to 32GB (if not more) will offer the best experience.
Will Adding RAM Make My PC Faster?
If you already have a sufficient amount of RAM then adding more is not going to net any significant difference
However, if, the amount of RAM you currently have is a bottleneck then yes, it absolutely will make the world of a difference in the speed of your computer.
Can You Have ‘Too Much’ Ram?
You can’t have “too much” Ram but at a certain point you will hit diminishing returns. Most people don’t need more than say, 16GB or 32GB.
Industry professionals who use multiple memory intensive applications can greatly benefit from higher amounts of RAM (i.e. above 32GB) because they need and depend on it.
How Much Ram Is Too Little?
4GB of RAM is what we’d consider just not enough and will become a bottleneck almost immediately.
If you absolutely cannot afford to upgrade, then you may be able to get by with this amount of memory if you limit the amount of tabs, you have open and running programs but it’s not going to be the most enjoyable user experience.
By For Now
Let us know in the comments, how much RAM are you currently using, and have you ever experienced any bottlenecks in your day-to-day computing tasks?