I came across your site looking for an answer to a question I have and you seem to be the man to ask. I am running Vista Ultimate 32-bit on my machine. All things being equal, when IÂ run onlyÂ 2GB of RAM I have a Windows Experience Base score of 5.0. Adding 2 more gigs of identical Ram dropped my WEI to 4.5. It seems adding the extra 2GB of RAM made my memory operations per second drop a half point. I read your article on Maximum Memory in 32-bit Windows (http://www.vistaclues.com/reader-question-maximum-memory-in-32-bit-windows-vista/)Â and the follow-ups but it doesn’t quite answer my question which is this; how come adding more RAM slows my PC rather than speed it up? Thank you for taking the time to read this.
I thought about this for a couple of days, and I don’t have an answer for you. I’ve had memory upgrades that increased the heat and power consumption of a laptop, which makes sense, because it needs to send electricity to an additional chip.
Some mother boards will actually increase your operations per second by distributing operations between the various memory chips. My guess is that the reduced operations/sec is a factor of your chipset.
I’ll put this question out to the readers–any idea what’s causing this problem? Please add a comment below.