RAM is a very crucial component for a gaming laptop. RAM stands for Random Access Memory. It is used as temporary storage for programs that are actively using memory while your PC is in use. So, while a program is running and needs to execute commands, your RAM is where that information is stored. Because the information is considered “random”, the function of RAM is not to save the data after the commands are executed. Therefore, when your laptop is not in use, there is no information saved in your RAM. It is meant solely to actively facilitate running programs. The most popular type of RAM today is DDR (Double Data Rate) and is a definite must in any gaming laptop. DDR3 RAM is said to be 30% more efficient then its predecessor (DDR2) and achieve a higher output rate. Most processors today only support the DDR3 configuration, such as Intel’s i7 and the AMDs Phantom series. Without going too far into the benefits of RAM, all you really need to know is that, the more RAM you have, then the faster and more efficient your programs will run.
Dedicated Video Memory is pretty self-explanatory. It is RAM that is exclusively for your video memory. This allows the rest of your computers RAM and processing to be freed up for other applications. Having dedicated video memory is a great addition to your computer’s memory especially when it comes to PC gaming. Since PC games are very demanding on your video card and graphics system, the dedicated video memory will allow you to be able to use the appropriate amounts of RAM to execute video task that would otherwise have to share memory with the rest of your PC programs.
Cache Memory is a smaller amount of memory integrated into your computer’s motherboard and acts as faster memory than the RAM and; is used to store faster, more frequently, used memory. Cache memory is extremely involved and very particular when it comes to decided what will be store as cache. Mainly, if data is being accessed more frequently, then it will be stored as data lines in the Cache Memory. These “cache lines” of memory include a copy of the data as well as the location of the information on the hard drive. When the processor needs to access this information, it first will check the cache memory and if the data is available in the Cache memory, then the processor will immediately retrieve the information from the cache and execute the process much faster than retrieve from the hard drive memory directly. Having a good amount of Cache Memory is very beneficial in gaming applications and for everyday processes. Data transfers can be instantly accomplished and processes are much more efficient as a result of high amounts of Cache memory. For a comprehensive breakdown of all the components that go into a gaming laptop visit the Best Gaming Laptop Breakdown page.
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