Why are there very few store bought computers which come with 5GB of RAM?

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  1. froggyboy604

    froggyboy604 Moderator Staff Member Moderator

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    5GB of a RAM does not look as good in computer sales advertisements. But, 6GB of RAM, or 8GB of RAM looks better on an PC ad, Many people are willing to spend an extra $20 to $50 money for 6GB to 8GB RAM. People may choose to buy a computer with 4GB and less RAM because it is cheaper than a computer with 5GB of RAM.

    Some PC motherboards may not have enough RAM slots to support 5GB of RAM if the motherboard only has four RAM slots which only support 1GB of RAM per slot, or newer motherboards with 2 RAM slot which only support 2GB of RAM per slot where both the motherboards only support a maximum of 4GB of RAM.

    There are also some older Intel Pentium 4 motherboards which may support only a maximum of 2GB of RAM because there are only 2 RAM slots on the motherboard, and each RAM slot can only use a maximum of 1GB of RAM per slot.
     
  2. Claraviolet

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    May be it has something to do with even number stuff.

    Everyone likes even numbered RAM like 2,4,6,8 GB ram and such.

    You wouldn't see many people using 3,5 GB RAM and so on.
     
  3. froggyboy604

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    Computers sold with 1GB and 3GB of RAM were popular at PC stores. Computers with 1GB and 3GB of RAM were mostly installed on more affordable Windows Vista and 7 computers a few years ago.

    Windows Vista can run on 512MB of RAM, but some users decided to buy a computer with 1GB of RAM because of Vista's reputation of being slower than Windows XP. I think 1GB of RAM was the minimum system requirement for Windows 7, so a lot of cheaper Windows 7 computers came only with 1GB of RAM to meet the minimum system requirements. Some Windows 7 users may choose to buy a computer with 3GB of RAM because the computers which come with 4GB of RAM cost a lot more money, and 3GB of RAM can make Windows 7 fast enough to run some games, and software like video editors at a usable speed compared to 2GB of RAM which is not enough RAM for running more RAM intensive games and software like video editors.

    I think 1GB RAM chips are no longer being made in large quantities because a 2GB RAM chip is not as expensive to make these days compared to the past where 2GB RAM cost more money to make. PC makers like Dell, Acer, HP, etc may choose to use RAM modules which are 2GB and larger in size because not many RAM companies may still be making enough 1GB RAM chips for the many millions of PCs and Laptops sold at stores. There are also now more cheaper RAM makers which make RAM which are 2GB or larger in size which may cause some 1GB RAM makers to stop making 1GB RAM module and spend more of their time making 4GB, 8GB, and 16GB RAM modules.
     
  4. Demon_Skeith

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    These days a PC should come in 8 GB and no less.
     
  5. froggyboy604

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    I agree, PC should come with 8GB of RAM.

    But, I feel some PC makers put less than 8GB of RAM on cheaper PC, so buyers PCs will slow down after a few months to years. The buyer maybe more likely to buy a faster PC with 8GB or more RAM, and a faster CPU from the same brand.

    Apple used to sell an iMac All-In-One PC with 1GB of RAM in 2007. Apple may of released such a low RAM computer, so users may end up buying a new iMac when their old iMac with 1GB of RAM becomes too slow for using most programs and games.
     
  6. Grungie

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    TBH not only was 1GB of RAM normal in 2007, RAM on those iMacs are user upgradable, you just needed a screwdriver like most laptops still do. So it’s not that big of a conspiracy.

    The current 24” iMacs on the other hand...
     
  7. froggyboy604

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    Those older iMacs with 1GB of RAM from 2007 and below were probably popular with schools, students, and regular Mac users who can use the Mac with 1GB of RAM, and did not use their iMac for more RAM intensive tasks. People who wanted to save money probably upgraded the RAM themselves by using a screwdriver to open up the RAM slot to install the RAM rather than paying hundreds of dollars more for an iMac with 4GB and more RAM.

    It is disappointing that most of Apple's newer computers are no longer easy to upgrade the RAM.
     
  8. NameGervin

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    And while here most computers comes in 4GB of RAM, haven't seen a 5GB RAM.

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