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Mushkin PC2-5300 DDR2 SODIMM 2 X 2 GB Memory

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The reason for upgrading memory in a laptop is to increase performance, but what kind of performance increase can you expect? For testing, let's start with boot time. How long does it take until the system reaches the password screen, actual desktop and for all start-up items to load? Norton Internet Security came as a trial with this system and in all my experiences using it, it is always the last startup item to load. Thus, the final time will be reflected when Norton has loaded.


Testing Setup:

  • Acer Aspire 5100-3019
  • CPU: AMD Turion Processor 64 MK36
  • LCD: 15.4" WXGA Acer CrystalBrite
  • Memory: 512MB DDR2 PC-2 4200
  • HDD: Western Digital 80 GB 5400 rpm SATA
  • ODD: Matshita DVD-Ram UJ-850S ATA
  • Modem: 56k
  • Lan: 10/100 Base T
  • Wireless Lan: 802.11b/g
  • OS: Windows Vista Home Basic
  • Mushkin PC-2 5300 DDR2 2 x 2GB


Boot Time, (seconds):



I hate having to sit and wait for my Internet Browser to load, so the next test will show how long it took for Firefox to load the OCC home page.


So far, the differences are remarkable. Load times were half the time in most cases. Let's not lose focus here. Yes, the system ram is only 512MB while the Mushkin is 4GB, but remember the reasons for my comparisons - to prove that even if you purchase an inexpensive laptop, you can still save money by upgrading components on your own to eclipse the performance of a more expensive off-the-shelf laptop.

  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Installation & Specifications
  3. Testing
  4. Testing Continued
  5. Conclusion
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