Is there a difference between laptop memory sticks and desktop memory

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  1. bobkn's Avatar
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    Nisko said:
    Thank you to all and I hope you all get to read this post: This is what I have in my workstation/laptop right now. Based on this, could someone recommend what I should be looking for to increase my memory to 64GB? Thank you...........Attachment 215649
    So your initial post about having two 8 GB SODIMMs was incorrect?

    As has been posted previously, 64GB isn't supported by your laptop. The most you can do is 32 GB (four 8GB SODIMMs). Maybe it's for the best that you have to replace all of the RAM; you won't have to worry about incompatibilities from mixing non-identical memory.
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    Bree said:
    No difference, providing they are exactly the same type, DDR3, DDR3L, DDR4, etc. Speed is also a factor. A stick from a laptop will work in a desktop providing ALL the specifications match.
    You happen to be mistaken on this one @Bree. Most laptops use sodimm sticks (small outline dimm) while most desktops use full size dimm sticks.
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    NavyLCDR said:
    You happen to be mistaken on this one @Bree. Most laptops use sodimm sticks (small outline dimm) while most desktops use full size dimm sticks.
    Yes, you're right.

    [clutching at straws] I suppose the may be a few small form-factor desktops with sodimm... [/clutching at straws]

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    @Bree we're human we make mistakes. No big deal. Been there done that.

    Edit: The only exception might be Brink,
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    alphanumeric said:
    @Bree we're human we make mistakes. No big deal. Been there done that.

    Edit: The only exception might be Brink,
    Thanks.

    Edit: Which bit? Making mistakes or being Human?
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    Bree said:
    Yes, you're right.

    [clutching at straws] I suppose the may be a few small form-factor desktops with sodimm... [/clutching at straws]

    And Some AIO's
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    I want to increase my memory in order to make Photoshop work faster (AND BETTER).
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  8. Berton's Avatar
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    Is the machine in question the Dell Precision M6800? If so I'd rely upon Crucial's information [have been for quite some time for my RAM needs].
    RAM SSD Upgrades | Dell Precision M6800 (4 SODIMMs) | Crucial.com

    Note: a workstation can be any computing device, either a Notebook/Laptop or Desktop, should also include Smartphones and Tablets. Some software EULA/End User License Agreements describe installing upon a workstation and a portable device in control of the same user, pretty much covers all devices.
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  9. bobkn's Avatar
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    Nisko said:
    I want to increase my memory in order to make Photoshop work faster (AND BETTER).
    Increasing RAM may help. The effect would be strongest if Photoshop was going into virtual memory (swapping data in and out of the hard drive, to simulate more RAM).

    I hope that going to 32 GB (the maximum that laptop supports) does the trick.
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  10. Bree's Avatar
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    Nisko said:
    I want to increase my memory in order to make Photoshop work faster (AND BETTER).
    bobkn said:
    Increasing RAM may help. The effect would be strongest if Photoshop was going into virtual memory (swapping data in and out of the hard drive, to simulate more RAM)....

    I use PaintShop Pro. I can't say that going from 4GB to 8GB made any difference to its performance.

    Where the extra RAM did show a marked improvement in performance was for other software I use for video editing/processing. There the data being processed can be far larger than for still images. But even then 8GB was sufficient to reduce swapfile use to acceptable levels.

    I'm not convinced you'll get the improvement you are hoping for in your Photoshop. It's recommended system requirements seem modest...

    2 GB or more of RAM (8 GB recommended)
    Photoshop system requirements
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