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Excellent. Dell 530 runs faster and smoother.
on 26 February 2008
I've given this five stars because it works in my Dell 530 with no problems and the result is favourable. Please read on for more info on how it has affected my PC's performance.
I specified my Dell 530 with 2x512MB RAM, with the intention of filling the remaining 2 slots later on. Kingston has been a tip-top brand in my experience. I have used their SD cards, USB flash drives and SODIMM laptop memory and all have performed perfectly.
I bought two of these 1GB DIMMs, so as to achieve a matched pair. I fitted them into the same colour vacant slots (2 and 4), which maintains the dual channel functionality (BIOS confirms this).
The PC booted up ok and running Vista's Windows Experience Index tool, the memory rating went from 4.5 to 4.8, whilst Graphics (I have only integrated graphics) went from 3.2 to 3.3. Not a huge increase for the former but I suspect that the ratings are not linear and may be skewed to favour top end hardware (e.g 800MHz RAM compared to my 667MHz).
Task Manager showed Total Memory went from 1012 to 3060, Physical Memory Cached went from around 530 to 1670, and Physical Memory Free went from around 30 to 768.
The Reliability and Performance Monitor showed CPU load went from 20% to 17%, whilst Memory load went from 57% to 29%.
Back in the real world of computing I find that programmes open and close faster and the hard disc has less activity during these actions. The PC was no slouch, but now it is like running on premium fuel rather than regular. It was a worthwhile upgrade, particularly so when working with large files or running several applications simultaneously.