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RAM

More RAM is almost always better, so that you can support a bigger cache and bigger browser binaries; but more RAM won’t necessarily help performance if the problem is elsewhere. Use your system’s monitoring tools to tell you if you’re using all your RAM. If you browse a very large web page on a machine without much RAM, you may crash the browser. This is particularly easy to do on old Windows 3.1 machines with 16M RAM.

RAM in PC hardware usually sits on a fast system bus connected directly to the CPU, not on the EISA or PCI bus. The RAM is arranged in a bank that has as many chips as there are data lines on the bus. During a memory access, one bit is retrieved in parallel from each RAM chip in the bank.


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