Thinkpad T440p: I mostly watch media and download files around 1gb.

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Oct. 4, 2022, 3:07 a.m.

So I have a Lenovo t440p with 12gb ram and wondering if it's with upgrading to 16gb? I mostly watch media and download files around 1gb.

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Oct. 4, 2022, 3:07 a.m.

Not needed. 12gb is more than sufficient for your use case

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Oct. 4, 2022, 3:07 a.m.

For that, even 4GB would be enough. Downloaded files are not stored in RAM the whole time they are downloaded, only cached chunks which - after their consistency is verified - are written to disk.
Unless you are 'that' person who has a million open tabs in web browser or you are doing numerical simulations on a large data set, there is no reason whatsoever to upgrade the 4GB stick to 8GB.

For reference - i have x230 with same amount of RAM - and i never hit the limit.
And i do a lot of coding, meaning that i HAVE to maintain up to 20 tabs with stackoverflow, vscode, when i work then MS Teams, which by itself can eat up 1.5GB RAM easily and i never really had an issue with RAM space.

Do you mean your x230 has 12GB?

Yep. 8+4 GB.

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Oct. 4, 2022, 3:07 a.m.

What I do regardless of amount I buy, I always buy from the same company. If I were to upgrade from 12 to 16GB I would but two 8GB sticks to have a matching set. Different manufactures are not alway equal and could slow your ram speed down.

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Oct. 4, 2022, 3:07 a.m.

Now you have 4+8 ? Why not 4+16

T440p has only 2 memory slots and none of RAM is soldered to motherboard, meaning 8+4GB RAM is the only possible memory stick combination he has.
This also mean upgrade is only possible via switching 4GB with 8GB stick.

tks for your explanation. But I think it is not so different between 12 and 16GB of Ram.

t440p doesn’t have soldered ram. T440 does but not the p model

Yes that is exactly what i said. I suspect language barrier:
T440 has indeed 4GB soldered and one free slot AFAIK, you can extend that to 12GB by using one 8GB stick.
Coincidentally, OP states that he has T440p (2 slots) and 12GB RAM - 8GB stick + 4GB stick is the only possible combination. You just get same numbers, hence possible source of confusion.

oh damn! You are right. I actually mis-read your comment. Sorry about that.




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