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M. Malone
Aug 4, 2004, 09:47 AM
I have a 12" G4 powerbook, the 1ghz model with 512 memory, I wanted to ask is there a big difference between the 1ghz znd the 1.33ghz?

I plan to upgrade my memory to 1 gig, cause I want my laptop to be faster, is that the right thing to do? I mean sometimes when I open a folder or program it is a bit slow when opening, is my answer more ram?

explain to me the difference between processor speed and memory please..thank you

brap
Aug 4, 2004, 09:56 AM
I have a 12" G4 powerbook, the 1ghz model with 512 memory, I wanted to ask is there a big difference between the 1ghz znd the 1.33ghz?
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explain to me the difference between processor speed and memory please..thank you
My G4 iBook 800/640Mb felt marginally slower when performing intensive tasks on this 1.33 12" PB, but I only have 256 in here now. It runs quickly until the memory runs out, when it suddenly becomes as slow as molasses.

More memory = volume of running applications at optimal speed. Bumped CPU = increase in speed while memory can handle it.

broken_keyboard
Aug 4, 2004, 10:11 AM
When you are working with your programs, is the computer accessing the hard drive a lot? If so, then more RAM will probably help, otherwise it is more CPU you want.

M. Malone
Aug 5, 2004, 08:54 AM
thanks for your reply....ok, so tell me this...sometimes when I open a folder, the contents get displayed a bit slow, do I need more memory or processor speed?

mgargan1
Aug 5, 2004, 09:29 PM
if you only have one or two apps up, then you need more processor, if you have 4 or more apps then you might need more RAM, 512mb is a good amount. A gig is a little overkill if you're doing basic stuff, but the more you put in there, the more Panther will eat it up. And yes, there is a difference in processor speed, your 12" has a front side bus of 133MHz and DDR 2100 memory, while the 1.33GHz model has a 167MHz Front side bus, and DDR 2700 memory. So you also get a faster, more efficient machine, not only clock speed wise.