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Which would make a greater difference? Extra CPU or RAM?

In almost any case, with a proper, modern compiler, compilation speed will increase near linearly with the number of hardware threads on your system. In the case of Microsoft compilers, even running ...
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DDR4 memory - which one to choose

There are very few memory bound tasks for modern CPUs. The key factors to look for are capacity, cost, latency, voltages and speed, usually in that order. It doesn't really matter if a CPU doesn't ...
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What should I buy? (RAM Chips)

Your computer's RAM cannot be significantly upgraded. Crucial's memory finder reports, and HP's support page agrees that your computer is limited to 4 GB of RAM. Further, you appear to be running a ...
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SODIMM: 1.3Vdc vs 1.3V

It doesn't actually make a difference. "dc", properly capitalized as "DC", refers to direct current. So 1.3 V DC simply means that the required RAM runs using 1.3 volts of direct current. (If you don'...
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RAM compatibility and recommendation

The RAM you've selected is incompatible with the rest of your parts. It is ECC (stores extra data in order to detect memory errors) registered (uses a special circuit to reduce the amount of power ...
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X99 2011-v3 Motherboard and 128 GB DDR4 RAM Compatibility

You will not be able to use that set of RAM since the CPU doesn't support. Even though the motherboard supports 128GB of RAM, the CPU unfortunately only supports up to 64GB of RAM. The only way to max ...
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Potential upgrade suggestions

Adding more RAM might possibly help with your VM's. You should check task manager when running them to see if you are using most of it. When gaming, more RAM won't help. You'd need to be running two ...
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SODIMM: 1.3Vdc vs 1.3V

There's no difference between "1.3V" and "1.3Vdc": they both refer to RAM that works off of 1.3-volt electricity. The "dc" bit specifies "direct current", but since everything in a computer is direct ...
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What kind of 8GB RAM Stick works with the Lenovo S210 Touch?

Referring to a manual of your notebook there is one RAM slot (DDR3L 1333/1600) in your device, which can support up to 8GB of memory: But after checking memory modules compatible with your CPU (ARK ...
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RAM recommendation for Android Development

Sure it would. Since you're running multiple processes and your main goal is to multitask better, it would really improve performance and smoothness. For what you're currently using, 12 GB should ...
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RAM recommendation for Android Development

It's safe to say that upgrading to 12 GB's would be enough, but if you really want to be sure, take the 16 GB's step. Personally I use 6-7, sometimes 8. I have 16 GB's and can say it was money well ...
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DDR4 memory - which one to choose

The clock speed of RAM doesn't affect the performance of the computer much (if at all). Running a RAM at a faster speed would increase the CAS latency, which is the amount of clock cycle lag the RAM ...
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I have DDR2 ECC RAM but want to find a compatible server

You can use HP Dl585 G5 or DL385 G5. These servers use AMD based processors both of them take PC2_5300 RAM DL385 G5 Specs Memory : Up to 128 GB (with PC2-5300 8GB DIMMs). PC2-6400 800MHz DDR2 Select ...
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need a workstation for a memory-bound application as cheap as possible

This fundamentally boils down to a motherboard question - what is the cheapest motherboard that can inexpensively support at least 512Gb RAM. Finding the absolute cheapest would be difficult, but I ...
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Which RAM should I prefer (CL vs PC)?

The "PC" number is a DDR module name, it indicates module's data rate. PC4-17000 modules have 2133 MHz data rate (2133 × 8 ≈ 17000) PC4-19200 modules have 2400 MHz data rate (2400 × ...
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Make laptop faster

A RAM upgrade will help a little bit (minimum 8GB if you do), but the first thing I would do is put in an SSD, because if it has a spinning hard drive, an SSD will make your PC WAY faster (seriously, ...
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Additional SSD for MSI GE62 APACHE PRO?

GE62 6QF Apache Pro You have multiple options in my opinion. See if your shop offers this Laptop with a SSD. This would be the easiest option for you probably Get a M.2 SSD - your laptop supports ...
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I need a different CPU cooler

I suggest the Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO. For one the cooler you have is huge for a cooler and actually has a bunch of people worrying about the same problem you have. Because the EVO is not meant to ...
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Deciding on PC upgrade path

For your computer, besides the extra RAM you need, I recommend an upgrade to your CPU cooler (something like the CoolerMaster V6 would be very nice) so you can overclock your current CPU. While the FX ...
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Is this memory compatible with this motherboard?

As long as you have DDR3 Memory at the right speed you'll be fine, as this is what your motherboard specifies. All three of the RAM modules you listed would work perfectly fine. Brand names don't ...
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What benefit would I see with more than 4GB RAM in a Chromebook?

I want to mention that there are also models with 8GB of RAM and more options to choose from in the price range between $350 to $1500. I am in the market for a Chromebook. This will be a second ...
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Why is the production year of a mac relevant?

While the production year might not be relevant, new features introduced after a certain period might be required. Nordis already mentioned CPU efficiency, but if you dive down to components you will ...
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New motherboard and 2 8gb sticks or current motherboard and 1 16gb stick?

I would recommend purchasing a kit of 2x8GB DDR4 RAM (2133mhz or 2400mhz), replacing your existing RAM entirely. If you wanted to go to 32GB, you could purchase a kit of 2x16GB DDR4 RAM as well, ...
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What's the Most Amount and Fastest RAM into an Apple MacbookPro 13" non-retina

The CL (CAS, or Column Access Strobe Latency) will be upclocked if it is too low. This means that even if you bought ultra fast RAM, your Macbook will slow it down so it can use the RAM. Speed ...
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1066MHz vs. 1333MHz memory speed: how much will it impact a POV-Ray workload?

A general rule of thumb is that a 100% increase in memory speed corresponds to a 5% increase in overall performance. This is because memory access is slow relative to the CPU, so CPUs and programs ...
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My gaming build - any suggestions?

This build needs work. You should wait out on buying AMD CPU's atleast till Zen comes out. They've just been re-releasing the same chip by overclocking it, and the 8320 is a slow chip. It's even ...
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My gaming build - any suggestions?

There is an energy-saving version of the FX8320, it just has an E at the End of it's name: FX8320E. A 1200W-PSU is far enough for a 150W-GPU and a 105W-CPU, a smaller one like 650W-730W would also be ...
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Notebook that supports 32 GB RAM

I would reccomend buying a laptop from digital storm. You can customize your laptop to your likings and price range. Most of the laptops they have are themed towards gaming but they can be used to run ...
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Which is more likely to give the bigger performance boost, i5 to i7 or HDD to SSD?

CPU upgrade should raise your PC performance in CPU dependent apllications and games. HDD to SSD upgrade will significantly raise speed of opening/closing OS, running applications or copying files. I ...
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Recommended hardware upgrade for Editing/Gaming PC

I don't think you need a better motherboard. It doesn't affect performance when not overclocked. Even if the best PCIe slot is only 8x it's good enough for the GTX 970. As of RAM I would personally ...
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