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Is RAM Capacity or RAM Speed Most Important

Rather than investing in a new PC, we always strive for our customers to upgrade their existing PC. Not only do you save money, the amount of e-waste is reduced. So, having some knowledge of computers is needed when you want to save money. RAM is one item we recommend upgrading instead of throwing money away on a new PC.

After having your PC inspected, RAM seems to be the culprit for its sluggishness. But, now what? Does RAM capacity or RAM speed need to be increased?

Reason Computers Need RAM

RAM can be thought of as short-term memory used to store files your processor needs often and quickly. Your PC responds instantly when this space is utilized, instead of many seconds. The few seconds saved makes a computer feel more powered rather than old and worn down.

More RAM is typically needed when your PC struggles opening programs you need. This is due to tasks being unloaded by your PC from fast RAM onto your computer’s hard drive. The hard drive may have lots of storage, however, it has slower speeds.

Capacity for RAM is measured in megabytes, gigabytes, and terabytes. RAM size increase decreases the chance of your PC hard drive being used to store these temporary files. However, once enough RAM is installed in the PC to fit your needs, more RAM added would not be beneficial for speed improvement. In this case, faster RAM than what is already installed may be what’s needed to improve speed. This is true even with the same amount of RAM installed.

RAM Speed Metrics

Latency and frequency are metrics used to figure RAM speed.

Megahertz or MHz is how frequency is measured. The bigger the number the better. However, the lower number is better for latency; which is a sequence of numbers, such as 4-4-4-12.

After meeting your needs with RAM capacity, it might be more beneficial to lower the latency and increase frequency rather than adding more RAM.

Which is more important: speed or capacity?

RAM capacity is only beneficial to a certain point. Once there, a demising return is experienced. In general, unless you’re a gamer or demanding user, more than 8GB is not necessary. However, if you’re a gamer or demanding user, having a larger capacity of RAM, no more than 16GB might be needed. Although, this is not always the case. Less latency and more frequency may be needed to make a noticeable difference in your PC.

When it comes down to it, there is no “one answer fits all”. Talking to a computer specialist would be best. Also, keep in mind your PC motherboard has limitations with speed and capacity of RAM.

Toshiba – The Features That Stand Out

Toshiba laptops ranked one of the best.

Toshiba is one of the hardiest laptop makers out there, which is why so many people choose to use them for their personal or work reasons. However, you may be considering a new laptop and want to know what is so good about these laptops that everyone and their brother keeps recommending to you. Here are some of the features that stand out, and why you might want to purchase a Toshiba laptop over all others.

Features of the Toshiba Laptops

  • The finishes of the Toshiba laptops are some of the best in it’s class. Not only are you able to get that smooth texture, the gleaming silvers and golds, but you can customize the look and even get some of the best durability that comes on a laptop. Who knew you could be able to drop your laptop and still have it looking good.
  • Be able to connect just about anything. From many different USB drives, to a memory card reader, to HDMI and beyond, you’re able to get a little something extra out of the laptops that provide it for you.
  • The large screens with brilliant displays will also amaze you. Be able to watch movies, listen to music and do just about anything on the laptop that you bring home. It is not only fun, but it provides additional benefits when you’re looking to get more out of your multi-media.
  • Hybrid drives in the computers make storage and performance much better. You usually can only choose between the traditional hard drive and a solid state one, but with a Toshiba, you can have the best of both worlds and it shows when you go to use the laptop for anything. Smooth, dependable and outlasting performance each and every time.
  • They live much longer than the traditional computers on the market. There are many old Toshibas that continue to be used. Just update and you’re on your way to still having a great computer. You just have to keep it in good shape and you’re set for most of your life. Imagine not having to keep buying a laptop every time yours has a problem. The simple life some would call it.

Toshiba laptops have come a long way and continue to make it through the busy computer world. As technology advances, so do the laptops. If you’re looking for the most from your buck, then the Toshiba might be the best way to go for a rugged, sleek looking, high performance laptop.

If you’re considering a Toshiba laptop, you can purchase new, used or refurbished. If you’re having a problem with your Toshiba laptop, speak with us here at IQ Computer Repair, and we can diagnose the problem for you.

New Intel 4th Gen i3, i5, i7 Laptop CPU

The wait is over, the newest generation of  Intel CPUs  are here. The CPU (Central Processing Unit) is the most important part of your laptops performance. The 4th Generation (Named Haswell) has been release with some promising improvements over its predecessors. As with the 3rd generation there are still three classes of processor.

Intel Core i3

The Intel core i3 is built for your everyday home consumer. It provides a generous amount of processing power for surfing the web and other moderate application the average person may need. At a lower cost to the consumer this processor is great for general use.

Intel Core i5

The Intel core i5 is generally meant for businesses. It provides more processing power for multitasking and getting jobs done while still being reasonable in price for businesses to employee them on a large-scale.

Intel Core i7

The Intel core i7 is meant to be the cream of the crop. It is built for engineers, gamers and anyone else requiring ample amounts of processing power at their disposal.


  • Up to 15% better CPU performance over previous gen
  • Applications load twice as fast
  • More overclocking flexibility for enthusiasts
  • 10 days battery life in connected standby
  • 20X reduction in idle power draw
  • Lower power CPUs
  • Up to 2x better 3D graphics
  • Intel Wireless Display® capable
  • Auto connect to WiFi hotspots
  • Anti theft technology – disable PC remotely


The 4th generation Intel core processors have focused on improving on a great CPU and added a few new features. The important thing about laptops is your portability. That is why you buy a laptop over a desktop. One of the problems with this portability is you are more vulnerable to the laptop being lost or stolen. Intel has developed a new feature called Intel Anti Theft®, where you can track your lost or stolen laptop through the processor . What you can do is either track the location of the stolen laptop or just simply shut it down remotely. This feature does however require a monthly or yearly service subscription. With the new 4th generation your battery life has an expectancy of about 9 hours (depending on use). The processor runs on a lot less power creating much less heat and thus reducing the strain on the entire system. They have also increased the speeds at which these processing power houses can perform. Making them able to multitask smoother and increasing over all performance. They have also improved the graphics performance on the 4th gen processors. Making the graphics on systems with these new upgrades superb. These processors are already on the market and (in a few months) will be all over shelves in most stores. What ever the need Intel has you covered. Enjoy and look to IQ Computers Blog Spot for more technical specification on these processors. As always look to IQ Computer Services for all your computer purchasing and repair needs.





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