Memory Trends

Memory is like garlic. You can never have too much. Just like processors, each year PC’s are packed with more memory. More over software developers put more and more features into each new release requiring more memory. Plus, over time, with Web 2.0, web pages are getting larger requiring even more memory.

This section takes a look at the unsung hero of computing, memory. Roll over any chart for a more detailed analysis of the information. Also, the information is updated monthly, so come back often to see how the world of memory is evolving.

Computers With At least 4GB’s of RAM are Growing Fast

Desktops Hold Slight Memory Edge Over Portables

PCs Used at Home and in Business have Similar Amount of Memory

Worldwide Average Memory Usage.

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10 thoughts on “Memory Trends”

  1. These charts are constructed in a way that’s very misleading. It should have been presented on a logarithmic scale. This way we would clearly see slowdown of memory growth. But instead on first glance it looks like linear growth that hasn’t changed.

    In 1996 I had 8 Mb, in 1998 48Mb, in 2001 I had 128 Mb in my desktops. In 5 years 16x.

    In 2011 my mid range laptop had 4Gb. In 2020 my high end desktop sporting 16Gb. 9 years, yet only 4x increase.

    Size of hardware
    number of processing elements
    geographical locations of system components

  3. Stephen Williams

    I put 4GB of ram on my PC Dell Dimension 4700 and when I checked how much I have it came up with 3.25GB so PC is using a heap of ram just to run (I have XP), so if you have less than 1GB you could have a very slow machine.
    Also for my own education why does it use so much and can I get it to use less?????

    1. @Stephen Williams:
      Yes. Try out Linux. Most linux-based systems use up a tiny amount of RAM. My laptop has 1.5 gigs, and with firefox and a terminal open, and a movie playing, I’m only using 233Mb.

  4. I had this computer somebody gave me a year or two ago. I wanted to use office 2000, but the only problem was that it didn’t enough memory and I wasn’t as experience as I am now. It didn’t have enough memory to start windows, but luckily safe mode started and I was able to fix it.

  5. As an old ATARI user I have suffered through a few memory shortage and overabundance episodes.

    Given the history of operating system miscues, there could easily be some unfortunate application coding based on earlier operating systems.

    Programs written for “Windows 98” were most likely at risk when the memory of computers of that era were upgraded over 512 K as the operating system had occasional hiccups ( instabilities) Reducing the memory to 512 K usually regained stability for most older applications.

    There may be shortcomings in the computer system if running older application programs in compatabiltiy modes, which would be a system flaw, OR there maybe application flaws if the older programs were updated to run on newer operasting systems that came on the cene after the origanla application was written.

    There are frequent reminders to try to find updtes to your application programs from there original manufacturers.

    There have been sooo many mergers and buyouts, not to mention failures of software application companies that I for one don’t find it surprising when applications malfunction .

    In addition to setting different compatabities for these programs, you might try assigning the memory above 1.0GB
    to a virtual drive so your operting system will not try to use that excess capacity when running tht particular software. Be WELL, Do good works, & keep in touch

  6. With memory over 1.0 GB can you please explain why lots of older software (for XP) won’t run properly once you exceed 1.0 GB of memory. It doesn’t make any sense.

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